Arapahoe Basin may open Friday

Loveland will open 'as soon as conditions permit'

By David O. Williams
Real AspenOctober 11, 2011
“Rumors are always swirling around with the snow this time of year!” Loveland Ski Area's John Sellers said by email today, reacting to talk that Arapahoe Basin may open to skiing by the end of the week.

“We will try to open as soon as conditions permit regardless of what A-Basin or anyone else has done,” Sellers added, referring to the fact that Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado already has won first-in-the-state honors. “As soon as we have an 18-inch base and tree-to-tree coverage on a top-to-bottom run, we will start turning the lifts.”

Sellers also noted it was snowing lightly this afternoon at Loveland and that snowmaking operations have been going well.
A group of mountain goats were clearly ready for the chairlifts to start running at Arapahoe Basin on Monday.
A-Basin webcam photo

A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer also discounted the rumor mill.

“I always wonder who makes up these rumors when I have no idea and I work here!” Hierholzer said in an email this afternoon. “We have not decided yet. We will walk the trail tomorrow morning after the groomers have had a chance to play around with the snow.”

A-Basin COO and Vice President Alan Henceroth wrote in his blog on Monday that the Summit County resort will be opening “soon.”

“Looking really good. The coverage is almost there,” Henceroth wrote. “We need to make a little bit more snow. Tuesday and Wednesday we will have the snowcats dozing and grooming the snow in preparation for opening. We have not announced an opening day, but it will be soon …. Hopefully we can make something happen this week.”

Regardless of which resort opens next, they'll be second in state after Wolf Creek and likely fourth in North America after resorts in Oregon and Nevada beat Wolf Creek to the punch.

Vail started snowmaking at Golden Peak on Friday, but rain fell in the Vail Valley on Tuesday, and now forecasters are calling for five days of warm, dry weather until the next system on Sunday.

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