Mother Nature delivered 3 inches of new snow to Loveland Ski Area last night and provided snowmakers with the cold temperatures they have been waiting for. Loveland Ski Area started making snow on Mambo and Home Run at 1 a.m. this morning. The temperatures dropped down into the low twenties and the snowguns were still firing out the flakes as of 10 a.m. this morning. Snow and cold temperatures remain in the forecast for the rest of the week and snowmaking could continue around the clock into the weekend. Loveland started making snow on September 25 last season.
“Winter is finally here,” said Rob Goodell, COO. “Early this morning we were able to lay down the first man-made flakes of the season and also saw the first natural snow of the season. That means that the first turns of the season aren’t far off.”
It typically takes about two weeks for Loveland’s snowmakers to cover the opening day run from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. Loveland Ski Area will open with a full top-to-bottom run made up of the trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. This opening day run is 1,000 vertical feet and over a mile in length. Last year Loveland opened on October 20.
Opening Day this season will be even more special as Loveland’s opening day run will be served by its first high-speed lift, Chet’s Dream. This new high-speed detachable quad from Leitner-Poma replaced Lift 1 and will be ready for Opening Day 2018.