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Snowmaking begins at Loveland and A-Basin ski areas

Snowmaking begins at Loveland and A-Basin ski areas

For the 2013-2014 ski season, the race to open is officially underway.

Snow — both from the sky and machine — has now started to fall in Colorado’s high country. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas on Friday night cranked up their snow guns and started snowmaking operations.

Traditionally, the two ski areas have a friendly competition to see who can open first. As for snowmaking, it seems Loveland got a five-hour head start.

Beginning 6 p.m. Friday [September 27], snowmaking started at both Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley, the ski area said.

Alan Henceroth, COO and vice president of Arapahoe Basin, posted in his blog that temperatures dropped into the teens overnight, prompting snowmaking to begin around 11 p.m. at A-Basin.

“We will make snow every reasonable chance we get. Ideally, we like sustained wet bulb temps of 28 degrees or colder,” Henceroth wrote. “We don’t know yet when we will open, but we will tell everyone as soon as we know.”

Though the National Weather Service said snow is not expected for the mountains before late Thursday into Friday morning, overnight low temperatures near Loveland Pass should be in the upper 20s to lower 30s into next week.

Game on.


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