A big fall storm swept through Colorado and the state's resorts quickly jumped into action. Wolf Creek opened last weekend with three feet of snow. But is Wolf Creek the winner? No, says Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. According to those two areas, you have to be open every day.

A Basin and Loveland kept plugging away at making more snow to cover one long run each and that big storm was just what was needed. Arapahoe Basin had been closed only 100 days, since the last day of the season last year was July 4. Then it re-opened to much fanfare and 2,000 excited skiers and riders in line, on Oct. 13. 

It was a really short offseason. I think this week snuck up on us, but the staff really rallied and got the job done," A Basin's Leigh Hierholzer said. "They are excited to be back at work and back on the ski hill.”

As for Wolf Creek’s sneak attack, Hierholzer said, “Good for them and the industry. That was pretty cool.”

As soon as A Basin sent word of opening, Loveland chimed in with the news that it would open on Oct. 14. Loveland’s Chair One served one top-to-bottom run with a thousand vertical feet in a little over a mile.

Of course we wanted to be the first to open, but we are excited to turn the lifts and begin our season," Loveland's John Sellers said. " The mountain looks great and the skiing and riding will be fantastic!”