Wolf Creek set to become first Colorado ski resort in business for 2011-2012 after onslaught of snow
Usually a two-resort race to be first to open in Colorado, the annual contest will likely be claimed by the dark-horse southern ski area of Wolf Creek, which will open Saturday after being hammered by three feet of new snow.
Loveland and Arapahoe Basin typically duel for the title of first in Colorado, with Loveland winning the race last year on Oct. 24, but Mother Nature played favorites with a storm that dumped much more in the state’s southern and southwestern mountains.
“Firing up the snow guns in the middle of a blizzard is a great way to kick off the countdown to the season,” Loveland marketing director John Sellers said. “The start of snowmaking means that opening day is just around the corner.”
Wolf Creek Vice President Rosanne Pitcher told the Associated Press that ski area officials plan to be open Saturday and Sunday and will likely determine on Saturday whether to the lifts going or shut down and then re-open later in the season. This is earliest Wolf Creek has ever opened.
Forecasters are calling for a second wave of mountain snow Saturday evening into the day Sunday.
Vail and Beaver Creek don’t open until Nov. 18 and 23.
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