This Weekend in Stoke: Vail, Eldora, Snowmass open, Copper presents Colorado Demo Days

Opening day! Vail opens today with a 52-inch base, thirteen inches of new snow in the last week, an opening day terrain park on Born Free, and access to the mountain from both Vail Village and Lionshead. Still need a season pass? The $699 early-season price on the Vail Resorts' unlimited Epic Pass ends November 29. Eldora Mountain also opens today, with a 22-inch base and eight runs open (early-season lift tickets are $53).

Snowmass gets its party started tomorrow, a week earlier than previously planned, with a 26-inch base and six inches of fresh snow in the last week. Order 2-day advance tickets online for the best discount, or check out the Colorado Triple Play, a $249 pass, new this season, that buys two days each (six days total) at the Aspen/Snowmass resorts, Winter Park, and Copper Mountain.

Buy locally, shred globally! Support the local skiconomy this weekend at Copper Mountain's Colorado Demo Days, where Never Summer and Unity Snowboards will join Folsom Custom Skis, Liberty, Fortitude, Rocky Mountain Underground, and Ski Logik to provide a sampling of the best from Colorado companies. Stick around for the after-party happy hour at Endo's for giveaways from all of the above.

For more on what's happening on the slopes this season, check out The Edge, our 2011/2012 Winter Activity Guide.

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