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Colorado ski areas to open early for 2018-19 season

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Vail and Beaver Creek mountains will join other Colorado resorts in opening early for the 2018-19 season.

The Vail Daily reports Vail, originally slated to open Friday, will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Beaver Creek will open Saturday, four days ahead of its scheduled Nov. 21 opening date.

The early openings come as more than 4 feet of natural snow fell last week and cold temperatures helped with snowmaking conditions.

Vail will open with skiing and riding out of both Vail Village and Lionshead with about 0.8 square miles of skiable land and access to seven lifts:

Beaver Creek will open access to four lifts: Centennial Express, Cinch Express, Red Buffalo Express and Haymeadow Express Gondola.

Aspen Skiing Co. officials announced last week that Aspen Mountain will open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 17, five days before the scheduled opening — though what exactly will open was still to be determined.