Loveland Ski Area announced that it would open for the winter season on Thursday, October 29. After an unusually warm fall, snow began falling last week bringing a total of 17.5 inches to the area. The snowmakers helped, running for more than 12 consecutive hours last Wednesday, anticipating the arrival of Thursday morning’s winter storm.

Last week, Loveland Marketing Director John Sellers said the ski area was waiting for an 18-inch base to open for the season. Loveland met those requirements this week and will provide one top-to-bottom run with a solid, 18-inch base.

Lift 1 will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, with access to the Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run trails, making for a run that is more than a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.

Last winter, Loveland opened on November 1. The ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Early season lift tickets are $53 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 14.

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