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UPDATED: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin Rev Up the 2013/14 Colorado Ski Season with Fall’s First Snowmaking

Photo credits: Loveland Ski Area; Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Photo credits: Loveland Ski Area; Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Just when skiers and snowboarders throughout Colorado began firing their home furnaces for the first time since April, some folks in Ski Country had a better idea: At 6:00 pm on Friday evening, Loveland ski area fired its snowmaking guns for the first time this season, kicking off the annual race to Opening Day in Colorado. Just a few hours later and a few miles on the other side of the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin followed suit.

Moisture mixed with a jet stream plummeting south from Canada brought snow throughout the high country, and air temperatures are now low enough at Loveland and A-Basin for productive snowmaking. It’ll probably be a few more weeks before you’re allowed on the mountain, but this is your signal to sharpen your skis and boards, put down the twelve-ounce curls, and pick up your fitness regimen!

Stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account throughout the weekend for updates on exciting developments in Ski Country.