Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area wins the race for first ski area opened for the 2009/2010 season. Chair 1 launched the North American ski and snowboard season on Oct 7, Wednesday at 9am. They began making snow on Sep 21, allowing the earliest opening for Loveland in 40 years. Loveland currently has a base of 18 inches and access to trails spanning over a mile with 1,000 foot vertical. Early season adult lift tickets are $44.
The second ski resort to open is Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. The resort which is owned by Powdr Corp is only 30 miles from the downtown Las Vegas strip. At an elevation of over 9,000 feet, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort has 2 double chair lifts, 1 triple chair lift, and 1 surface lift. But for now only Rabbit Peak, the beginner slope, is open.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened Friday morning, two days after Loveland Ski Area, making A-Basin the second Colorado ski area open for the season. It’s the earliest opening day for the ski area after 63 years of operation, beating the previous record from 2007 by just one day. A-Basin tied for first with Loveland last year, and had won the title the previous two seasons. A-Basin reported that 1,200 skiers and snowboarders turned out within the first two hours. The resort has one run open with an 18-inch base. Some parts of its terrain park are also open.
Also opening today is BorealSki Resort, the first ski resort to open in California. Cold temperatures in California’s Sierra Mountains enabled Boreal Ski Resort to enjoy its earliest opening ever, earning it first place in California this year.