10 inches of powder greets skiers at Crested Butte Opening Day

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Delighted skiers and riders kicked off the 2010-2011 season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) this morning with whoops of delight and ear-to-ear grins. First chair was nabbed by four young ladies from Crested Butte Community School who skipped class in favor of first tracks on the first day of the season. CBMR opened with 10 inches of fresh, airy powder and a 31-inch base. Snow continues to fall steadily. The resort has received 27 inches of snow since Sunday and 82 inches thus far for the season. CBMR plans to open more terrain, as conditions permit, in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.

“This is the best opening we’ve seen in at least six years,” said Ken Stone, CBMR’s COO. “We have much to be thankful for today and with Mother Nature’s help our operations crews will have more terrain ready for holiday skiers and riders.”

CBMR opened today at 9 a.m. with the Red Lady Express lift, Peachtree lift, Teocalli lift and the Pine and Aspen Magic Carpets. Open trails include: Peanut, Bubba’s Shortcut, Houston, Lower Keystone, Warming House Hill, Poverty Gulch, Mineral Point, Kubler, Tulsa, Upper Smith Hill, Lower Roller Coaster, the Keystone Jib Park, Rustler’s Gulch, Augusta, High Tide, Lower Ruby Chief, Bushwacker, Meander, Paradise Access and Conundrum. Trail openings total 105 acres covering 19 trails, or 20 percent of the resort’s beginner and intermediate terrain.

CBMR’s Adventure Park, a perennial favorite, re-opened today for the winter season. The bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall are currently on-line, with the ice skating rink and tubing hill to follow shortly, as weather permits.

In addition, the Keystone Jib Park opened to an enthusiastic crowd with five hits and one jump.

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