Arapahoe Basin and Loveland tie for first resort to open. It's a time-honored tradition to grab the bragging rights (and press) as the first ski resort to open for the season. A-Basin started the competition with a swift pledge to open Friday, Oct. 17. Loveland leapfrogged them and swore to a Thursday, Oct. 16 start. A-Basin countered buy announcing they would open 9 am Wednesday, Oct. 15 with an 18 inch base. Finally, Loveland tried to move their opening time up a half hour when Basin called for a truce. Both resorts opened at the same time: 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Wednesday, Oct.15.

Throngs of anxious A-Basin skiers were treated to a welcome surprise: 300 additional parking spaces connected to the resort via a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 6. The tunnel makes for safe, easy walking access to and from the base area. A-Basin's head of mountain operations Tim Finnigan said he thinks as many as 3,000 skiers and riders may have shown up. No matter that it was a work day.

Wireless access in the Loveland lodge and cell service on the mountain means you can work from your "remote office." Opening day adult lift tickets at A-Basin were $49 and child tickets age 6-14 were $25. Loveland's early season lift tickets are $44 for adults and $21 for children ages 6-14.