With the snow flurries flying, two of Denver, Coloradoâs closest winter resort destinations Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain are prepping for opening day: Winter Park opens on November 14, Copper opens on November 2.   

AT WINTER PARK RESORT: New this winter, Winter Park Resort has invested $8M in on-mountain capital improvements including the new Panoramic Express, the highest six-person, high-   speed chairlift in North America, plus two new intermediate trails and 100+ acres of newly enhanced glades.  With 22 days until opening day and more than  two feet of natural snow in the past two weeks, cold temperatures have allowed for snowmaking 24 hours a day. Resort highlights include:·         Early Vacation Packages: Book by November 19, for slopeside ski in/ski out lodging that includes four nights and three days of lift tickets with a bonus fourth day of free lift tickets starting at $139 per person. Guests may also stay in town for four nights and receive three days of lift tickets with a fourth day free, starting at $119 per person.  Packages are two bedroom condos with quad occupancy.  Info: 800-979-0332 or visit http://www.winterparkresort.com.  ·         Construction for the Panoramic Express is nearing completion:  The bottom terminal and motor installation are near completion: the engine is installed and the crew is making final touches.  View the latest construction photos online. ·         Ski and Eat Turkey: Celebrate Thanksgiving at the resortâs mountaintop Lodge at Sunspot. The Zephyr Express gondola transports guest to the 10,700â summit of Winter Park Mountain for a traditional buffet style meal with all the fixings. Info: 970-726-1446 or http://www.winterparkresort.com.  ·         Weâre Making Snow! Get a taste of winter to come through the resortâs on-mountain cameras at Winter Park Resortâs online picture gallery.   ·          
Rendering of Woodward at Copper  


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