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The Race To Open Begins

Photo by Dustin Schaefer courtesy of Loveland Ski Area Photo by Dustin Schaefer courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

The annual “Race to Open” has officially begun with Loveland Ski Area turning on the snowmaking guns for the 2016-17 season around10:00pm October 3, 2016. According to resort officials, “Loveland hopes to open sometime mid-late October. It’s snowing hard and temps are going to stay low through the week providing great conditions for our snowmakers.”

As of this morning, we have received no notice of snowmaking activity at Loveland’s Race to Open rivalArapahoe Basin, but the resort did test their snowguns last week. According to Alan Henceroth, Chief Operating Officer at A-Basin, “the forecast looks good to begin snowmaking this week.”

UPDATE: Arapahoe Basin has joined in the fun and is making snow!:

Photo from Arapahoe Basin's webcam Photo from Arapahoe Basin’s webcam

Last year both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area opened on October 29, 2015.

Copper Mountain also produced some snow last night, their scheduled opening day is November 11, 2016. Copper Mountain also produced snow last night, their scheduled opening day is November 11, 2016.