Snow hits the Front Range; Arapahoe Basin joins Colorado snowmaking party

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 5, 2012
A cold front covered front lawns and sport utility vehicles with a layer of fresh snow in Boulder and Denver on Friday as temperatures dipped below freezing.

The skies turned from gray to blue during a Real Aspen reporter's morning drive into the high country. The clouds lifted just east of Idaho Springs, shining light on a classic Colorado fall day. Golden aspen leafs shimmered next to the evergreens. The peaks were capped in white.

Temperatures were in the 60s in the high country, providing a serious contrast to the chilly climate that descended on the state's lower region's in Friday morning's upslope storm.
Arapahoe Basin's Montezuma Bowl with new snow Friday morning.
A-Basin web cam
And while real snow fell along the Front Range, the fake stuff began falling in Arapahoe Basin. The ski resort joined Copper Mountain and Loveland in the snowmaking sweepstakes, churning out some of the artificial white stuff for the first time this season.

“We are making snow,” Arapahoe Basin COO and vice president Alan Henceroth confirmed on his blog Friday morning. “We have some fan guns spinning away. Looks like we got an inch or two of natural snow last night. The forecast still says below freezing temps the next few nights (and maybe days).”Loveland started making snow Thursday morning, and Copper cranked up its guns on Tuesday. Both Loveland and A-Basin should be open for skiing by the middle of the month. Copper likely won’t open until early November. Vail is scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 16, followed by Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Aspen and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 22, Aspen Highlands on Dec. 8 and Buttermilk on Dec. 15. is forecasting another storm Friday night into Saturday, then warmer and drier weather Sunday through mid-week, with more snow possible again Thursday into next weekend.

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A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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