Your guide to the mountains

A skier sends the snow flying on a trick coming down the High Noon run on opening day at Arapahoe Basin ski area on Friday. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

A chill is in the air. Snow putters to the ground. Powder begs to be shredded. It’s ski season in Colorado.

Colorado’s ski season officially started on Oct. 13 when Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs opened a few weekend lifts following a storm that dumped 30 inches of snow. In the Front Range, usual early birds Arapahoe Basin and Loveland started running lifts on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, respectively. With lots of snow dumping in the mountain, more and more ski areas are announcing early opens.

But the season is still early and many resorts are still waiting for their November and December openings.

Looking to get the lowdown on the mountains this year? Here’s what you need to know, from opening and closing dates to the cost of lift tickets and their run times.

RELATED: When all Colorado ski resorts are scheduled to open

A skier heads down the High Noon run on opening day at Arapahoe Basin ski area on Oct. 19. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Arapahoe Basin
Season: Open-Early June 2019
Information: 888-272-7246, arapahoebasin.com
Terrain: 1,428 acres. 145 trails. 7 percent beginner; 20 percent intermediate; 49 percent advanced; 24 percent expert. 3 terrain parks. Summit: 13,050 feet. Base: 10,520 feet. Vertical: 2,530 feet. Longest run: 1.5 miles.
Lifts: 1 high-speed quad; 2 quads; 1 triple; 2 doubles; 2 conveyors; 1 surface lift.
Lift Tickets: Walk-up single-day lift tickets vary. Check out the cost at tickets.arapahoebasin.com. Also offering Kids Free 2 Ski Pass: 2 free days for kids ages 6-12. Must sign up by Dec. 17 at arapahoebasin.com/tickets-and-passes/season-passes/a-basin-kids-free-2-ski-pass/.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Black Mountain Express, Pallavicini and Molly Hogan lifts opens 8:30 a.m. on the weekends and select holidays.
Located: 68 miles from Denver, either via I-70 west to Silverthorne, then 12 miles east on U.S. 6, or I-70 west to Loveland Pass, then 8 miles west on U.S. 6.

T.J. David skis the steep and deep in the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands. (Provided by Matt Power Photography, Aspen Resort)

Aspen Highlands
Season: Dec. 8, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 800-525-6200, aspensnowmass.com
Terrain: 122 trails. 1,040 acres. 18 percent beginner; 30 percent intermediate; 16 percent advanced; 36 percent expert. Summit: 11,675 feet. Base: 8,040 feet. Vertical: 3,635 feet. Longest run: 3.5 miles.
Lifts: 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes start at $139. Advance tickets at //www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes/advance-purchase.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Aspen; 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Skiers make their way up the chairlift before sunrise during the World Cup Slalom race on Aspen Mountain on March 18, 2017. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Aspen Mountain
Season: Nov. 22, 2018-April 21, 2019
Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com
Terrain: 675 acres. 76 trails total. 48 percent intermediate; 26 percent advanced; 26 percent expert. Summit: 11,212 feet. Base: 7,945 feet. Vertical: 3,267 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.
Lifts: 1 gondola; 1 high-speed quad; 1 high-speed double lift; 2 quads; 3 double lifts.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes start at $139. Advance tickets at //www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes/advance-purchase.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Located: Aspen; 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Professional snowboarder Steven McCutcheon does some runs at Beaver Creek Ski area on Jan. 21, 2016. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Beaver Creek Resort
Season: Nov. 21, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 970-754-4636, beavercreek.com
Terrain: 1,832 acres. 150 conventional trails. 19 percent beginner; 42 percent intermediate; 39 percent expert/advanced. Summit: 11,440 feet. Base (Beaver Creek Village): 8,100 feet. Vertical: 3,340 feet.  Longest run: Centennial, 2.75 miles.
Lifts: 24 total. 1 10-person gondola cabins and six-person chairs; 2 gondolas; 11 high-speed quads; 1 triple chair; 1 double chair; 8 conveyors.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes for November range $153-$167. For best prices — up to 25 percent off — seven or more days in advance online at snow.com/lifttickets.
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Avon; approximately 100 miles west of Denver off I-70.

Taylor Gold, then 20, does a backflip in the park at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Nov. 25, 2013. (Lindsay Pierce, The Denver Post)

Breckenridge Ski Resort
Season: Nov. 7, 2018- April 21, 2019
Information: 800-789-SNOW (7668); breckenridge.com
Terrain: 2,908 acres. 187 trails. 11 percent beginner; 31 percent intermediate; 24 percent advanced; 34 percent expert. 4 terrain parks; 22-foot superpipe. Summit: 12,998 feet. Base: 9,600 feet. Vertical: 3,398 feet.Longest run: Four O’Clock, 3.5 miles.
Lifts: 5 high-speed 6-passenger lifts; 5 high-speed quad lifts; 1 fixed quad; 1 triple lift; 6 double lifts; 1 8-passenger gondola; 4 surface lifts; 11 carpet lifts.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes in November range $124-$147. For best prices — up to 25 percent off — seven or more days in advance online at snow.com/lifttickets.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 68 miles west of Denver, via I-70 west to Colorado 9.

James Woods competes during Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifier X Games at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen on Jan. 26, 2017. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Buttermilk Mountain
Season: Dec. 8, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com
Terrain: 470 acres. 44 trails. 35 percent beginner; 39 percent intermediate26 percent advanced. 2 terrain parks. Summit: 9,900 feet. Base: 7,870 feet. Vertical: 2,030 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.
Lifts: 3 high-speed quads, 1 double, 2 handle tows, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes start at $139. Advance tickets at //www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes/advance-purchase.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Aspen; 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

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Cooper Mountain
With 400 inbounds acres to explore, you have 41 varied trails served by 4 lifts at Cooper Mountain in Colorado. (Provided by Cooper Mountain)

Ski Cooper 
Season: Nov. 23, 2018-April 7, 2019
Information: 800-707-6114; skicooper.com
Terrain: 400 acres. 41 trails. 27 percent beginner; 39 percent intermediate; 34 percent advanced. Terrain park. Summit: 11,700 feet. Base: 10,500 feet. Vertical: 1,200 feet. Longest run: 1.4 miles. Chicago Ridge snowcat skiing covers 2,600 acres, reaches a high of 12,800 feet, runs vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet, vertical drops up to 2,000 feet.
Lifts: 1 triple lift; 1 double lift; 1 platter; 1 magic carpet.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $54/adult; $34/child 6-14; 5 and under free. Purchase on skicooper.com.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 110 miles from Denver via I-70 and U.S. 24.

Chris Corning in action during the men’s final of snowboard Big Air of Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain on Dec. 10, 2017. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Copper Mountain Resort
Season: Nov. 16, 2018-April 21, 2019
Information: 866-841-2481; Coppercolorado.com
Terrain: 2,490 acres. More than 140 trails. 21 percent beginner; 25 percent intermediate; 36 percent advanced; 18 percent expert. 6 terrain parks. Summit: 12,313 feet. Base: 9,703 feet. Vertical: 2,738 feet. Longest run: 1.7 miles.
Lifts: 24 total. 1 combination 6-passenger chair/8-passenger gondola, 2 6-passenger high-speed, 4 high-speed quads, 4 triple lifts, 4 double lifts, 9 surface/conveyors, 1 free snowcat.
Lift tickets: Single-day, walk-up pass is $158. Best prices available when purchased in advance online at coppercolorado.com.
Hours: Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 75 miles west of Denver via I-70 at exit 195.

Crested Butte ski patroller Jason Holton skies through the deep powder of the Headwall area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort after doing avalanche mitigation work in the area before lifts open on the mountain on Jan. 12, 2017. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Season: Nov. 22, 2018-April 7, 2019
Information: 855-509-5436; Skicb.com
Terrain: 1,547 acres. 162 runs. 26 percent beginner; 57 percent intermediate; 14 percent advanced; 3 percent expert. 121 trails. 4 terrain parks. Summit: 12,162 feet. Base: 9,375 feet. Vertical: 2,775 feet (lift-served), 3,062 feet (hike-to). Longest run: 2.6 miles.
Lifts: 4 high-speed quads; 2 quads; 2 triple lifts; 2 double lifts; 2 T-bars; 3 conveyors.
Lift tickets: Single-day, walk-up, non-holiday passes cost $125/adult. Children 6 and under ski free all season. Advance tickets at //www.skicb.com/information/season-passes.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 228 miles southwest of Denver, via U.S. 285, U.S. 50 and Colorado 135.

A skier makes their way down a run at the Echo Mountain Resort on Feb. 22, 2017. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Echo Mountain
Season: Nov. 23, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 970-531-5038; Echomountainresort.com
Terrain: 60 skiable acres. 8 runs. 8 percent green; 72 percent blue; 20 percent black. Tubing hill will open Dec. 14. Summit: 10,650 feet. Base: 10,050 feet. Vertical: 600 feet. Longest run: 0.7 miles.
Lifts: 1 triple chair; 1 conveyor
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $49-$55/adult, $32-$36/youth, kids 5 and under ski free. Additional discounts are available for seniors, teachers, students and active military with valid ID.
Hours: Open Saturdays 9 a.m.-9 p.m.;  Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed Mondays with the exception of Dec. 12, Dec. 24, Dec. 31, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 11, March 18 and March 25.
Located: 35 miles west of Denver, via Evergreen Parkway and Squaw Pass Road.

Young racer Nash Easton, 7, tucks to the finish line after making some practice turns in the gates before the start of the alpine race during the weekly Nighthawks Racing ski series at Eldora Ski Area on Feb. 21. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Eldora Mountain
Season: Nov. 7, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 303-440-8700; Eldora.com
Terrain: 680 acres. 65 runs. 17 percent easy; 45 percent intermediate; 18 percent advanced, 20 percent expert. 5 terrain parks. Summit: 10,600 feet. Base: 9,200 feet. Vertical: 1,400 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.
Lifts: 10 total: 1 high-speed 6-pack; 2 quads; 1 triple lift; 3 double lifts; 1 poma; 2 conveyor lifts.
Lift Tickets: Tickets at Eldora.com.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 50 miles northwest of Denver, via U.S. 36 and Colorado 119 (through Boulder).

Night skiing and riding down the Schoolmarm run at Keystone Resort on Jan. 10. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Keystone Resort
Season: Nov. 7, 2018- April 7, 2019
Information: 970-496-4000; KeystoneResort.com
Terrain: 3,149 acres.129 trails. 12 percent beginner; 39 percent intermediate; 49 percent advanced. Summit: 12,408. Base: 9,280. Vertical: 3,128. Longest run: 3.5 miles.
Lifts: 21 total. 2 high-speed gondolas; 2 high-speed 6-passengers; 4 high-speed quads; 1 quad; 1 triple lift; 2 double lifts; 9 carpets.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes in November range $103-133. Specific costs can be found online at keystoneresort.com/plan-your-trip. Kids 12 and under ski free at Keystone with any two-night stay or longer. Best prices (up to 25 percent off) at least seven or more days in advance at Snow.com/lifttickets.
Hours: Lifts open at 9 a.m. Nov. 9-Dec. 20; Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21-April 7; Night skiing is offered until 8 p.m.: Nov. 21-25; Nov. 30-Dec.1, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, Dec. 19-Jan. 6, Jan. 9-13, Jan. 16-20, Jan. 23-27, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, Feb. 6-10, Feb. 13-17, Feb. 20-24, Feb. 28-March 3, March 6-24. Otherwise lifts close at 4 p.m.
Located: 75 miles west of Denver, via I-70 west to Silverthorne and U.S. 6.

Skiers take the chair lift to the top on the last day of skiing for the 2016-2017 season at Loveland Ski Area on May 7, 2017. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Loveland Ski Area
Season: Open-May 5, 2019
Information: 303-571-5580; Skiloveland.com
Terrain: 1,800 acres. 94 trails. 13 percent beginner; 41 percent intermediate; 22 percent advanced; 24 percent expert. 2 terrain parks. Summit: 13,010 feet. Base: 10,800 feet. Vertical: 2,210 feet. Longest run: 2 miles.
Lifts: 1 high-speed quad; 3 quads; 4 triple lifts; 2 double lifts; 2 conveyors. Free snowcat skiing.
Lift tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $65/adult and $31/kid (6-14) during early season, which starts Opening Day and runs through Dec. 14. Afterward, it moves to $79/adult and $34/kid. Advance ticekts available at skiloveland.com/tickets-passes/lift-tickets.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lifts open 8:30 a.m. weekends and holidays.
Located: 53 miles west of Denver via I-70 west to Loveland Pass (Exit 216).

Hesperus Ski Area
A skier catches air while going down the mountain at Hesperus Ski Area near Durango. (Provided by Hesperus Ski Area)

Hesperus Ski Area
Season: Dec. 21, 2018-mid-March 2019 (weather dependent)
Information: 970-259-9711; Ski-Hesperus.com
Terrain: 160 acres. 26 trails. 19 percent beginner; 31 percent intermediate; 50 percent advanced. 1 terrain park. Summit: 8,888 feet. Base: 8,188 feet. Vertical: 700 feet.
Lifts: 1 double
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $39/adult (21-59) full day; $29/adult night skiing; $33/teen (13-20) full day, $25/teen night skiing, $28/child (11-12) full day, $21/child night skiing, $33/senior full-day, $25/senior night skiing, free for kids 10 and under. (To grab the free Power Kids Season Pass, sing up online and pick up the pass at the ticket office) Advance tickets available at ski-hesperus.com/tickets-passes.
Hours: Open Wednesdays-Fridays 4-9 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;  Sundays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located: 11 miles west of Durango via U.S. 160; 360 miles southwest of Denver.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Season: Nov. 24 – March 10 (conditions permitting)
Information: 970-879-8499; Steamboatsprings.net/ski
Terrain: 50 acres. 17 alpine trails. 9 Nordic trails. 1 terrain park. Summit: 7,136 feet. Base: 6,696 feet. Vertical: 440 feet.
Lifts: 1 double lift; 2 conveyors; one surface Poma.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $25/adult. Can be purchased at the concession stand in the Howelsen Hill lodge.
Hours: Closed Mondays. Open on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The double chairlift and small magic carpet only operate on Saturdays and Sundays.
Located: Steamboat Springs; 154 miles from Denver via I-70 to Colorado 9 to U.S. 40.

Monarch Mountain
Snowboarder Brian Massey enjoys fresh powder at Monarch Mountain Resort. (Provided by Monarch Mountain)

Monarch Mountain
Season: Nov. 21, 2018-April 7, 2019 (weather dependent)
Information: 888-996-7669
Terrain: 800 acres. 64 trails. 22 percent beginner; 27 percent intermediate; 37 percent advanced; 11 percent expert. 2 terrain parks. Summit: 11,952 feet. Base: 10,790 feet. Vertical: 1,162 feet. Longest run: 1 mile.
Lifts: 1 fixed quad; 4 fixed double lifts; 1 conveyor.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes are $89/adult, $59/teen (13-17), $43/junior (7-12), $59/senior (62-68). Advanced tickets available at Skimonarch.com.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 18 miles west of Salida; 155 miles southwest of Denver via U.S. 285 and U.S. 50.

Andy Daly, left, and Ken Gart, right, ride a chair with Powderhorn ski school director Kate Belknap on opening day in 2011. (Denver Post file)

Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Season: Dec. 13, 2018-March 31, 2019
Information: 970-268-5700; Powderhorn.com
Terrain: 1,600 acres (600 groomed). 42 trails. 20 percent beginner; 50 percent intermediate; 30 percent expert. 2 terrain parks. Summit: 9,850 feet. Base: 8,200 feet. Vertical: 1,650 feet. Longest run: Tenderfoot/Lower Dude, 1.8 miles.
Lift: 1 high-speed quad; 2 double lifts; 1 magic carpet; 1 tubing hill lift.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up lift passes are $71/adult. Advanced tickets available at Powderhorn.com/lift-tickets.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 40 miles east of Grand Junction via 1-70 and Colorado 65; 230 miles west of Denver via I-70 and Colorado 65.

Purgatory Resort
Skiiers and snowboarders kick up their feet and enjoy the day at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado. (Scott DW Smith, Provided by Purgatory Resort)

Purgatory Resort
Season: Nov. 17, 2018- April 14, 2019
Information: 800-525-0892; PurgatoryResort.com
Terrain: 1,605 acres. 99 trails. 20 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate; 35 percent expert/advanced. 6 terrain parks. Summit: 10,822 feet. Base: 8,793 feet. Vertical: 2,029 feet. Longest run: 1.33 miles.
Lifts: 1 high-speed six-person; 2 high-speed quads; 3 triples; 3 doubles; 2 conveyor; 1 surface.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes cost $89/adult, $70/teen, $60/child (11-12), $75/senior (65-79), free for seniors 80 years or older and for kids 10 years or under. (To grab the free Power Kids Season Pass, sing up online and pick up the pass at the ticket office). Advance tickets available at purgatoryresort.com/the-mountain.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 25 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550; 360 miles southwest of Denver.

Silverton Mountain
Skier Sven Brunso tackles the 35-degree steep run on Silverton Mountain. (Scott DW Smith, Provided by Silverton Mountain)

Silverton Mountain
Season: Nov. 24, 2018-March 21, 2019
Information: 970-387-5706; Silvertonmountain.com
Terrain: 1,819 skiable acres. 22,000-plus additional acres of heli and hike-to access. 100 percent advanced/expert — no beginner or intermediate terrain. Summit: 13,487 feet. Base: 10,400 feet. Vertical (for lift serviced): 1,900 feet. Easiest run is 35 degrees. (Steep runs at average ski areas are typically 30 degrees.)
Lifts: 1 chairlift that unloads along a ridge of 1,819 acres of snowfields. Hike-to and helicopter access available.
Lift Tickets:  A single-day, walk-up unguided costs $79 while guided costs $179. Prices vary depending on how many skiers, guided and/or unguided tours and heli-skiing. Check prices at Silvertonmountain.com.
Hours: Lift starts running at 9 a.m. Open Thursdays-Sundays and Feb. 18, 2018.
Located: Silverton; 365 miles southwest of Denver via I-70 and U.S. 550.

Freestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy in action during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Aspen Snowmass on Jan. 14. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Snowmass Ski Area
Season: Nov. 22, 2018-April 21, 2019
Information: 800-525-6200; Aspensnowmass.com
Terrain: 3,323 acres. 96 trails. 6 percent beginner; 47 percent intermediate;17 percent advanced; 30 percent expert. 3 terrain parks. Summit: 12,510 feet. Base: 8,606 feet. Vertical: 4,406 feet. Longest run: 5.3 miles.
Lifts: 1 8-passenger gondola, 1 pulse gondola, 1 high-speed 6 passenger lift, 8 high-speed quad lifts, 2 quad lifts, 1 double chair, 2 platter pulls, 4 ski and snowboard lifts.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Walk-up single-day lift tickets start at $139. Advance tickets at //www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes/advance-purchase.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Village Express and Sam’s Knob lifts open at 8:30 a.m.
Located: Aspen; 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Steamboat sunset
Two skiers watch the sunset from the top of Steamboat mountain. (Provided by Steamboat Resort)

Steamboat Resort
Season: Nov. 24, 2018-April 14, 2019
Information: 877-783-2628; Steamboat.com
Terrain: 2,965 acres. 165 trails. 14 percent beginner; 42 percent intermediate; 44 percent advanced. 4 terrain parks. Summit: 10,568 feet. Base: 6,900 feet. Vertical: 3,668 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.
Lifts: 1 gondola; 1 high-speed six; 6 high-speed quads; 6 triples; 2 doubles; 5 SnowSports School surface lifts.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes in November range $90-$145. Advance tickets available on Steamboat.com/tickets. Tickets purchased seven or more days in advance can save up to 10 percent. Kids Ski Free applies to purchase of 5-plus-day adult ticket.
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Steamboat Springs; 154 miles from Denver via I-70 to Colorado 9 to U.S. 40.

Sunlight Mountain Resort
Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs offers trails for skiiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. (Provided by Sunlight Mountain Resort)

Sunlight Mountain Resort
Season: Dec. 14, 2018-April 7, 2019
Information: 970-945-7491; SunlightMTN.com
Terrain: 680 acres. 67 trails. 20 percent beginner; 55 percent intermediate; 20 percent advanced; 5 percent expert. 1 terrain park. Summit: 9,860 feet. Base: 7,850 feet. Vertical: 2,010 feet. Longest run: 2.5 miles.
Lifts: 1 triple lift; 2 double lifts.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes cost $65/adult, $45/child. Kids 5 and under and seniors over 80 years old ski free. Buy tickets at sunlightmtn.com/plan-your-trip/buy-tickets.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs via 4 Mile Road; 173 miles west of Denver via I-70 and 4 Mile Road. 

Telluride Ski Resort
A view of the gondola at Telluride Ski Resort. (Ben Eng, Provided by Telluride Ski Resort)

Telluride Ski Resort
Season: Nov. 22, 2018-April 7, 2019
Information: 970-728-6900; Tellurideskiresort.com
Terrain: More than 2,000 acres. 148 trails. 23 percent beginner; 36 percent intermediate; 41 percent expert/advanced. 3 terrain parks. Summit: 13,150 feet. Base: 8,725 feet. Vertical: 4,425 feet. Longest run: Galloping Goose, 4.6 miles.
Lifts: 2 high-speed gondolas; 7 high-speed quads; 1 fixed quad; 2 triple; 2 doubles; 2 surface lifts; 3 magic carpets.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes cost $139 during the season. Advanced tickets at tellurideskiresort.com/pricing-products/lift-tickets/.
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Telluride; 360 miles southwest of Denver.

Skiers prepare for their day at the base of Vail in the Mountain Plaza area on April 6, 2016. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Vail Mountain
Season: Nov. 16, 2018-April 16, 2019
Information: 970-SKI-INFO, vail.com
Terrain: 5,289 acres. 195 conventional trails. 18 percent beginner; 29 percent intermediate; 53 percent expert/advanced. 2 terrain parks. Summit: 11,570 feet. Base: 8,120 feet. Vertical: 3,450 feet. Longest run: 4 miles, Riva Ridge.
Lifts: 32 total. 2 gondolas; 3 high-speed 6-passenger chairlifts; 14 high-speed quads; 1 fixed-grip quad; 2 fixed-grip triple lifts; 3 surface lifts; 7 conveyors.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary. Single-day, walk-up passes in November range $149-167. For best prices — up to 25 percent off — seven or more days in advance online at snow.com/lifttickets.
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Located: Vail; 100 miles west of Denver on I-70.

Skiers head down the Upper Hughes run underneath the Zephyr Express at the Winter Park Ski resort on March 8, 2017. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Winter Park Resort
Season: Opening Nov. 14, 2018-April 28, 2019
Information: 970-726-1564; Winterparkresort.com or email wpinfo@winterparkresort.com. 
Terrain: 3,081 acres. 143 trails. 8 percent beginner; 18 percent intermediate; 19 percent advanced; 55 percent expert. 6 terrain parks, 1 halfpipe. Summit: 12,060 feet. Base: 9,000 feet. Vertical: 3,060 feet. Longest run: 4.9 miles.
Lifts: 26 total; 1 10-person gondola; 2 high-speed six-packs, 6 high-speed quads, 4 triples, 6 doubles, 4 conveyors, 1 platter, 1 rope-tow, 1 Village Cabriolet.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes range $89-$159. Advance tickets available at winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/tickets-and-passes.
Hours: Open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends.
Located: Winter Park; 67 miles west of Denver via I-70 to U.S. 40. Or via seasonal Winter Park Express train service from Denver Union Station.

Wolf Creek Ski Area
A snowboarder catches some air while riding at Wolf Creek Ski Area in Colorado. (Provided by Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Wolf Creek Ski Area
Season: Oct. 13, 2018-April 7, 2019
Information: 800-SKI-WOLF; wolfcreekski.com
Terrain: 1,600 acres. 120 trails. 20 percent beginner; 35 percent intermediate; 25 percent advanced; 20 percent expert. Summit: 11,904 feet. Base: 10,300 feet. Vertical: 1,604 feet. Longest run: Navajo Trail, 2 miles
Lifts: 3 high-speed detachable quads; 1 quad; 2 triple lifts; 1 double life; 2 rolling conveyors; 1 poma.
Lift Tickets: Single-day, walk-up passes cost $72/adult, $43/seniors and $37/child.
Hours: Open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
Located: 23 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160; 250 miles southwest of Denver via U.S. 285 to U.S. 160.

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