First Colorado Ski Resort Set to Open Its Doors Thursday
Get ready, skiers and snowboarders. The time has come.
Loveland Ski Area in Colorado will open its doors on Thursday, likely becoming the first ski resort in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains to start up for the season. Sunday River resort in Maine and Timberline in Oregon are both partially open, however, Loveland is expected to become Colorado’s first to fire up its lifts for business.
A storm system last week dumped 17.5″ of natural snow last week, allowing Loveland to build its base enough to open its doors.
“[The staff has] done an incredible job getting the mountain ready for the first skiers and riders of the season,” said Rob Goodell, Loveland’s director of business operations.
Several other Colorado resorts will open in the coming weeks, including Keystone, Wolf Creek and Copper Mountain on November 6th.
Nearby Arapahoe Basin is usually the first to open for business, however, unusually warm weather has led to unfavorable snow making conditions, keeping the resort closed a bit later than usual. Arapahoe Basin hasn’t announced an open date yet, however, it appears for now that Loveland will beat Arapahoe to open first.
Cooler conditions and light snow return to the forecast for the area by the end of the week and into the weekend, creating favorable conditions for snow-making and perhaps some minor natural snow accumulations as well.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
(Headline image: Loveland Ski Area)