Beginning of Colorado ski season not far away

Natural, man-made snow pushes A-Basin, Loveland closer to season opening

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 15, 2012
Snowmaking at A-Basin on Monday.
Arapahoe Basin
Natural snow began blanketing Colorado's ski mountains over the weekend, and Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin were able to crank out more man-made snow as well.

Opening day may not be far away.

“OK, I just walked High Noon [trail] with several people,” A-Basin COO and Vice President Alan Henceroth blogged on Monday morning. “Oh so close. The upper 90 percent of the trail has enough snow to open. The base area is our area of uncertainty. All that brush at the bottom of the skier's left side of High Noon should be covered soon.“The forecast for [Monday] tonight looks kind of marginal for snowmaking. The forecast starting Wednesday morning going through Wednesday night looks very promising.”

Opensnow.com is calling for a weak storm Tuesday night into Wednesday, with another 1-3 inches at both Loveland and A-Basin.

Loveland reported 3-4 inches of new snow out of the latest storm on Saturday.
Snowcat action at Loveland on Monday.
Loveland Ski Area
“The Loveland snowmaking crew was able to make snow this weekend,” Loveland’s website reported Monday morning. “Mother Nature dropped 3-4 inches of snow to help out our snowmaking efforts. The snowcats were out pushing the piles of snow this morning [Monday] in preparation for opening day. We're hoping Loveland Ski Area will open in the next week or so.”

The majority of the state's ski areas, including Aspen and Snowmass, also saw new snow over the weekend. But those resorts don’t plan to open until next month. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 22. Aspen Highlands is scheduled to open Dec. 8 and Buttermilk on Dec. 15.

UPDATE: A-Basin announced today that it will open for the season this Wednesday. "... We are ready. You can look forward to skiing and riding on High Noon. We will have a few terrain park features also. I am excited," A-Basin COO and Vice President Alan Henceroth wrote in his blog.

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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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