Courtesy Loveland Ski Area
Loveland, A-Basin tie for ski season's first-to-open honors in 2008
October 15, 2008 —
Arapahoe Basin looked like a lock to be the first ski area in the nation to open this year, but Loveland came in just under the wire for a photo-finish (or is it photo-start?) to this year’s ski and snowboard season.
Both ski areas cranked up their lifts today as the 2008-2009 season officially got under way.
We’ll call it a tie.
Groomed, man-made snow awaits skiers who head up to the high country this week, and although it won’t be the best snow we see this year, it’s certainly the only snow which can be skied at all in Colorado right now. The white ribbons which adorn each resort are surrounded by the natural brown of October in the Rockies – although the higher elevations have slight dustings more often than not as we head toward November.
Vail is planning on an opening day of November 21, and Beaver Creek will open Nov. 26.
The 2007-2008 season saw delayed openings at some resorts due to lack of early-season snow, but it fell like gangbusters beginning on the first of December. By season’s end, Vail had recorded 463 inches of snow (the average is 350).
In the first of many predictions I’ll call for better early season snow in 2008 … although based on last year’s November snow totals, that’s not saying much.
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