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Snow Making Begins on One Colorado Mountain

21 Sep 2016, 7:40 pm

On the final full day of summer, a true taste of winter arrived at one ski resort in Colorado.

At Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, snow-making preparations began in earnest on Wednesday with the seasonal debut of ‘snow guns’, or snow-making machines that assist Mother Nature in keeping the slopes powdery throughout the winter months.
snow gun

It’s one of the traditional first signs of winter in the Rocky Mountains, signifying the preparation of ski resorts for winter. Proper snow-making (on Wednesday Arapahoe Basin was just testing their snow guns) will begin as soon as temperatures, and associated humidity levels, drop below freezing and allow for proper snow-producing conditions.

With the ski resort’s base elevation at nearly 11,000 feet and the summit cascading over 13,000′ high, Arapahoe Basin is one of the higher ski resorts in Colorado and in the Rockies, typically making it one of the first ski resorts to open their doors to winter enthusiasts. While the resort hasn’t announced an official start date yet, it traditionally opens in mid-to-late October, depending on weather conditions.

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But best yet for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, the real thing could be just around the corner. An area of low pressure could drop some light snow to Colorado’s high country Friday night and into Saturday, helping develop the base of snowfall on which ski resorts need to start their seasons.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest ski and snowboard weather throughout the winter!

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photos: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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