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Breckenridge, Keystone To Open Early For First Time In Nearly 10 Years

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4)- Breckenridge and Keystone will open early thanks to Mother Nature. Just hours after that annoucement, Eldora Mountain announced it will open on Wednesday as well, a full nine days ahead of schedule.

Up to four feet of snow has fallen in the past week in parts of Colorado's high country, totaling more than five feet so far this season.

(credit Breckenridge Ski Resort)

This is the first early opening for Breckenridge and Keystone in nearly 10 years due to what the resorts claim are "incredible early season conditions."

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"With more than three feet of natural snow since October 8 and consistently cold temperatures, we are very excited to be opening earlier than we had planned," says Brent Tregaskis, Eldora's president and general manager in a statement. "Eldora is fortunate to be the first Colorado resort on the Ikon Pass to open, and one of the first resorts to be open in the country. It's going to be a great season—c'mon up!"

Both ski areas were set to open Nov. 9 but will open on Wednesday.

"This is the first time in nearly 10 years that either Breckenridge or Keystone will be opening early," said John Buhler, Breckenridge's vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement. "It's been a snowy start to the season and it is official; the skiing and snowboarding season is here. We are thrilled to kick off the winter season this week and anticipate opening up a variety of terrain quickly at the resorts."

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