Breckenridge's Imperial Express Superchair opened on February 18, a late start due to lack of consistent snow in the high altitudes.

Breckenridge Ski Resort announced on February 18 the long-awaited opening of its Imperial Express Superchair. Following a dry start to the ski season, consistent snowfall in the upper elevations allowed the resort to open the lift. 

Dubbed North America's highest ski lift, the lift climbs to 12,840 feet in elevation. February 18 is a later-than-normal opening date for the lift. The Imperial Express Superchair typically opens in December, sometimes a month earlier or later. 

The Imperial Express Superchair provides skiers and boarders access to Breckenridge's mountain bowl terrain beneath Peak 8. Slopes include expert-level, double-black Lake Chutes, Whale's Tail, and Imperial Bowl. 

According to Breckenridge's website, 80 percent of their terrain is open, and 153 of 191 trails are available for use. 

The lack of snow in the early season affected other Colorado ski areas as well. Some slopes at ski areas across the state were slow to open as they waited for more snow to arrive. Consistent storms rolling through have helped ski areas create enough snowpack to open more trails. The recent series of storms even brought out more backcountry skiers to wild trails across the state. 

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