Grab the skis and go: You can officially kick off the 2017-2018 riding season, just at one location so far.
Well, it looks like our WeatherNation banner gave it away there. Arapahaoe Basin Ski Area is the first to open across the country, even the first in North America!
These are some pictures from opening day where hundreds waited in line to be one of the first to ski down the slopes. Arapahoe Basin, commonly referred to as A-Basin, sits about an hour west of Denver, Colorado.
On Friday, the Black Mountain Express lift brought skiers and riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail so they could ride down under bluebird conditions. So far, A-Basin reports 18 inches of packed powder base.
An early-season snowstorm helped the ski area open Friday. Colorado ski resorts across the state received several inches of snowfall between October 7th and 9th. Snowmaking operations for some resorts began as early as September 24, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.
A-Basin and nearby Loveland Ski Area have a friendly #RaceToOpen competition each year. It looks like A-Basin won this battle, but we’ll have to wait and see who stays open the latest in spring!
It looks like the weather patterns will favor cooler and wetter conditions across the Northwest and Four Corners, while drier and warmer for those ski areas waiting to blow snow across the eastern United States.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier