Thanksgiving skiing / skinning update


Yes there is snow in the mountains but much of it is artificial and on ski runs. If you're looking for some vertical, Breckenridge and Keystone are both friendly to people skinning up runs before the mountain opens. At Breckenridge, please call the winch cat hotline at (970) 547-5627 to learn what runs are not open to skinning due to winch cat operations. For Peak 8, take the black bus from the gondola base, for Peak 9 you can skin from the Maggie at the very base, or park at Beaver Run but note you must be out of the lot by 8:30. Keystone has a long front-side skin that is easily accessed from the base area. COSMIC thanks Vail Resorts for its accommodating uphill skiing policies this early in the season.


At these (and any ski area) it's always best to check in with patrol before skinning if you have any doubt as to what runs are open for skinning.


For easy access non-ski area skinning/skiing, the north side of Loveland Pass is reasonably well-covered: skin from the parking area on the lower switch-back. The woods are full of kickers, natural half-pipes and generally interesting skiing for not much snow. There IS decent skiing up high on the north/NE side of most things in the central mountains but it takes considerable hiking up and down to get to the snow.