Snowboarder Eli Greenspan at Loveland Ski Area. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

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 (1.2 meters) 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 (2.1 square kilometers) 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 Mountain will open on Nov. 17, several days ahead of schedule, thanks to all of the new snow as well. 

Arapahoe Basin, Keystone Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Breckenridge Resort and Wolf Creek Ski Area are all already open. 

A-Basin and Keystone were packed with skiers and snowboarders over the weekend hoping to enjoy the early season snowfall.

Colorado Sun staff writer Jesse Paul contributed to this report.

Read more skiing stories from The Colorado Sun

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative, serving member newspapers and broadcasters in the U.S., and other customers around the world. The Colorado Sun is proud to be one of them. AP journalists in more...