Loveland, CO ski area joins Copper Mountain, CO in snowmaking


Loveland Ski Area, CO, joined Copper Mountain yesterday in making snow for the upcoming ski season.

The Arapahoe Basin won’t be far behind, but COO Alan Henceroth said this morning it just isn’t cold enough for him to fire his guns.

Loveland and Copper Mountain had a good jump on snowmaking Tuesday night. We kind of just embraced the right temperature, but we didn’t really get cold enough for any meaningful effort.

As always at this time of year, we will be monitoring the weather each night. When the weather will tell, you can be sure that we will make snow.

Alan DorothyPool A COO

Typically, it’s a tussle between Colorado’s A-Basin and Loveland to see who starts the ski season for North America, with the two resorts battling it out for bragging rights.

From 1982 to 2001, Loveland was the first to open ten times and Keystone the first ten. However, three of Keystone’s victories were photo finishes when both areas opened on the same day, and Keystone used its lights to open before sunrise, securing a two or three hour jump over Loveland in the quest. bragging rights, according to Denver Post. Then in 2002, Arapahoe Basin installed artificial snowmaking equipment. From 2003 to 2018, Arapahoe Basin was the first Front Range area to open nine times, Loveland was the first five times, and they tied twice. Wolf Creek, a small area 250 miles from Denver in southern Colorado, has actually beaten them four times since 2011, thanks to plenty of early natural snowfall.

Here is a list of the first stations opened in the last ten years:

  • 21/22: Wolf Creek, Colorado – October 16
  • 20/21: Wild Mountain, Minnesota – October 19
  • 19/20: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 11
  • 18/19: Wolf Creek, Colorado – October 13
  • 17/18: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 13
  • 16/17: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 21
  • 15/16: Killington, Vermont – October 18
  • 14/15: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 17
  • 13/14: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 13
  • 12/13: Wild Mountain, Minnesota – October 18
  • 12/11: Wolf Creek, Colorado – October 11
  • 10/11: Sunday River, Maine – October 23
  • 10/09: Loveland, Colorado – October 6
  • 08/09: Loveland, Colorado – October 7

It’s getting closer… see you soon on the slopes.


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