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Loveland Ski Area Opens THURSDAY

by Kirsten Dobroth | November 8, 2016

It’s official- Loveland Ski Area opens Thursday, joining A Basin’s ranks as the second ski resort in Colorado- and the country- to start spinning the lifts for eager skiers and snowboarders. According to Rob Goodell, director of business operations for the ski area,
“The warm fall weather delayed the start of snowmaking this year, but Mother Nature finally came through. A winter storm delivered 17.5 inches of natural snow last week and brought the cold temperatures our snowmakers had been waiting for. They have done an incredible job getting the mountain ready for the first skiers and riders of the season.”
Loveland’s Lift 1 will be open from 9 to 4 on Thursday, offering top to bottom access for anyone fortunate enough to find him or herself free for the day- or for anyone that happens to develop a mystery 24-hour illness coinciding with the Clear Creek County resort’s opening.
Other notable November opening dates for ski resorts across the country are fast approaching as well, with Jackson Hole, Vail, Crested Butte, Telluride. Aspen, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood all planning on opening operations later this month. Although, it’s worth noting that the officials dates some of these resorts are planning on opening- particularly in Colorado- are subject to change due to warm temperatures and lack of precipitation.
For now, the white ribbon of death will have to suffice for eager snow sports enthusiasts, and in the meantime, here’s to hoping that a sunny and temperate fall is just the precursor to a white winter once the lifts start to spin.
Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area’s Chair 1 on-mountain camera.

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