Loveland may start snowmaking soon after dusting of new snow

Arapahoe Basin moving snow guns into position

By David O. Williams
Real AspenSeptember 24, 2012
Loveland Ski Area, high atop the Continental Divide about 40 miles east of Vail, may begin snowmaking operations Monday night, according to a spokesman.

“Maybe tonight or maybe tomorrow night,” marketing director John Sellers said in an email Monday morning. “We will have to see what the temps do, but this week is looking good!”
New snow up high Monday morning at Arapahoe Basin.
Arapahoe Basin

A slow-moving storm heading in from the west is expected to keep Colorado’s high-country weather unsettled through Thursday, according to the powder-forecasting website

“…This storm is just an anomaly in the otherwise dry weather pattern we've been in this fall,” meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Monday morning. “Once the storm moves away on Thursday, expect mostly dry and sunny conditions to return for Friday and the weekend.”

Loveland’s website carries a “Countdown ‘til snowmaking” ticker that Monday morning had operations set to start in about two and a half days. Loveland typically races with nearby Arapahoe Basin ski area to be the first to open in the state and sometimes the country each season.

Adrienne Saia Isaac, marketing and communications manager for Arapahoe Basin, said the Summit County ski resort saw a dusting of new snow Monday morning.

“As for snowmaking,” she said in an email, “there isn’t a set schedule yet. I know that the guns are being moved and that we’re ready to go as soon as the temperatures remain consistently low.”
Vail's new gondola under construction last week.
David O. Williams

Vail and Beaver Creek aren’t scheduled to open until Nov. 16 and Nov. 21, respectively. Vail will open with a bang as it celebrates its 50th anniversary season with a new, high-tech gondola out of Vail Village.

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