Every year in the fall, two resorts in Colorado (Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area) compete to see who will be the first ski resort to open for the upcoming season.

With snow falling in the higher elevations last weekend, BOTH resorts fired up their snow guns and began snowmaking operations late Sunday night into Monday morning. Arapahoe Basin made snow for over 12 hours, blanketing the mountain’s trails in snow.

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Arapahoe Basin Begins Snowmaking

Arapahoe Basin & Loveland Begin Snowmaking

“In the last couple of years we haven’t started till October, so we’re excited to get a little bit of an early start this year,” said Loveland Ski Area spokesman.

“We’re always working hard to get open as quickly as we can”…”We’re waiting until we have that deep base and tree-to-tree coverage on our top-to-bottom run before we turn our lifts, and if that turns out it’s earlier than all the better. We’re just trying to get open as soon as we can for all of the anxious skier and riders that waited through another long, warm summer.”

Loveland hopes to open sometime in mid-late October, while Arapahoe Basin has yet to announce a set opening day.

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