Colorado's Race to Open Gaining Speed

7th October 2018 | James Robles

News Regions: Colorado, Rocky Mountains

Resorts in this article: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Loveland

Colorado's Race to Open Gaining Speed- ©Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area making snow the morning of October 8, 2018.

Copyright: Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

October is a special time of year for Colorado skiers and riders as they eagerly watch resort webcams along the I-70 corridor in anticipation of scoring their first early-season turns. Every fall, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area fire up their snowmaking guns in an effort to claim bragging rights as Colorado's (and often North America's) first ski area to open. The friendly competition is usually close, sometimes resulting in a stalemate, as these two high-elevation resorts are positioned within a few miles of each other.

This ski season, Wolf Creek is looking to steal the spotlight from both resorts, with 20 inches of fresh snow falling in just the last few days. Wolf Creek's opening date is scheduled for Oct. 13. 


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Arapahoe Basin's webcam the morning of October 8, 2018.  - © Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin's webcam the morning of October 8, 2018.

Copyright: Arapahoe Basin

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Based on historical opening dates over the last 16 seasons, Arapahoe Basin is leading Loveland in Colorado's race to open. This year's race to open looks to be close as well, with early season snowfall and cold overnight temperatures providing the perfect conditions for snowmaking. 

See the infographic below for a historical look at these two resorts’ opening dates over the last 16 years.




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