Loveland Ski Area took advantage of the cold temperatures that moved into the high country last night and began making snow just after 2:00 a.m. this morning.
Loveland's snowmaking crew will work their way down Catwalk, Mambo, and Homerun for Opening Day 2012. These trails form a top to bottom run that is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
Bobby Babeon, trail maintenance and snowmaking manager, weighed in: "The temperatures finally dropped for us last night and we had a productive first night of snowmaking. We hoped to get things started last week, but the weather didn't cooperate. The good news is the forecast looks great, and we are still on track for a mid-October opening."
It typically takes about two weeks for Loveland's snowmaking team to cover the opening day run with an 18 inch base and tree to tree coverage for the first skiers and riders of the season. Loveland started making snow on October 6th last season and opened on October 14th.
"It has been a long summer and the snow that fell last week really got everyone excited about the winter," said Marketing Director John Sellers. "The buzz of the snow guns around the area is a welcomed sign that another ski season is right around the corner."
Snowmaking updates are available at skiloveland.com/snowmaking. The site will be updated daily with pictures and videos of the progress.
Loveland's unrestricted 4-Paks are available online at skiloveland.com for just $129 ($32.25/day) through November 18, 2012.