Winter Park opens Wednesday |

Winter Park opens Wednesday

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News
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Tomorrow is opening day for Winter Park Resort as it kicks off its 69th season.

Despite warmer temperatures the past couple of weeks, the resort has been forging ahead with its snowmaking efforts.

Two chairlifts are expected to be open Wednesday ” the Gemini Express and the Arrow Chairlift. The lifts will access Parkway trail and Dog Patch East terrain park. Part of Sorensen Park, including the Comet surface lift, will also be open. Resort officials hope more trails will be available this weekend.

Lifts open 9 a.m., and day passes for adults are $59. At press time Monday, no mid-mountain base measurement was available.

Although locals aren’t expecting any epic conditions Wednesday, it’s understood that opening day is not about the skiing or snowboarding.

“No matter how little is open, it’s always fun to go out,” said Tim Hubbard, a longtime Fraser resident. Hubbard has been going to opening day for the past six years, and looks forward to it every year, he said.

“It’s a shame only the goob-tube will be open, but I’m excited to get out there and do the opening day ritual ” you know, get your gear out and start riding the lifts.”

Tabernash resident and Winter Park Ski Patroller Tim Hugo is also looking forward to opening day, although it’s strictly for nostalgic purposes, he since, since it’s early season and not much is open.

“It’s not for anything other than just the fact of skiing on opening day,” Hugo said.

Jenn deBerge, communications coordinator for the resort, said the resort will continue to make snow on its lower trails, including Larry Sale, and could have more trails open this weekend.

“We’re just hoping that Mother Nature cooperates and continues to allow us to blow snow. Snow is in the forecast for the weekend, as well as this week. So, do your snow dance.”

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