With new snow Sunday and more on the way, Loveland, A-Basin may start snowmaking this week

Aspen sees up to five inches of new snow

By David O. Williams
Real AspenSeptember 23, 2013
Loveland Ski Area high atop the Continental Divide along Interstate 70 could crank up its snowmaking system later this week after a substantial coating of new snow fell on its slopes on Sunday.

“There is a chance -- probably a good one -- that we will start this week,” Loveland marketing director John Sellers said in an email to RealAspen.com on Monday. “No definitive timetable yet, but we should know more soon.”

Loveland got about four inches of new snow at the base, with more up top. Aspen-area ski resorts saw around five inches of new snow from Sunday's storm.

"The first significant snowfall of the year always gets skiers and snowboarders fired up for the season – digging out winter clothing, dusting off gear and even a few watching the Broncos beat the Raiders tonight while breaking in ski boots," Aspen Skiing Company spokesman Jeff Hanle said in an email blast.

Loveland's Chair One Monday morning, Sept. 23.
Loveland Ski Area webcam

Arapahoe Basin, just over Loveland Pass form Loveland Ski Area, is also getting its snowmaking system ready to rock.

“No word on the exact start of snowmaking yet,” A-Basin marketing and communications manager Adrienne Saia Isaac said in an email Monday. “We’ve got the guns on High Noon ready to go, but we’re keeping an eye on the temperatures to see what happens over the next couple days. I have a feeling [snowmaking] won't be too far away ..."

Arapahoe Basin unofficially received about three inches of new snow Sunday.

Last year, Arapahoe Basin won the race to be the first Colorado ski area to open for the season, cranking up the lifts on Oct. 17. Loveland followed suit nearly a week later on Oct. 23.

Aspen and Snowmass open for the season on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28). Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk open for the season in early December.

About five inches of new snow fell at Aspen on Sunday.
Aspen Skiing Company photo

Colorado’s weather will steadily improve through the middle of the week, but then another storm should move into state late Thursday, according to Opensnow.com.

“Expect wind but little precipitation on Thursday, with the main push of precipitation and colder air arriving Thursday night and lasting through Friday evening,” write Opensnow meteorologist Joel Gratz.

“The best chance of snow will be from Aspen north to I-70 and the Wyoming border, with snow levels dropping to 9,000 feet on Friday.”

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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
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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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