Arapahoe Basin cranks up snow guns, joining Copper, Loveland

By Real Vail
Real AspenOctober 5, 2012
And then there were three.

Arapahoe Basin joined Copper Mountain and Loveland in the snowmaking sweepstakes on Friday morning, churning out some of the artificial white stuff for the first time this season as an upslope system brought colder temperatures to the state and a dusting of new snow to the Front Range and the high country.

“We are making snow,” Arapahoe Basin COO and vice president Alan Henceroth confirmed on his blog Friday morning. “We have some fan guns spinning away. Looks like we got an inch or two of natural snow last night. The forecast still says below freezing temps the next few nights (and maybe days).”

Arapahoe Basin's Montezuma Bowl with new snow Friday morning.
A-Basin web cam

Loveland started making snow Thursday morning, and Copper cranked up its guns on Tuesday. Both Loveland and A-Basin should be open for skiing by the middle of the month. Copper likely won’t open until early November. Vail is scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 16, followed by Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 21. is forecasting another storm Friday night into Saturday, then warmer and drier weather Sunday through mid-week, with more snow possible again Thursday into next weekend.

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A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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