Ski resorts in Colorado’s high country have started making their own snow, even though there has only been a few inches of the real stuff so far. Crews at Copper Mountain have turned the resort’s snow-making guns on, preparing for an October 31 opening day.
As temperatures near the summit hit freezing, hopes are high for an early start to the season. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, typically one of the earliest ski resorts in the country to open its slopes each year, announced Thursday that it has also begun making snow. An A-Basin spokeswoman said it takes about two weeks from the start of snowmaking to create the 18 inches of base necessary for the resort to open its first trail, the intermediate High Noon run.
And Loveland makes a trio of Colorado resorts using the guns. At Loveland, officials said the resort’s slopes have received 7 inches of snow over the past three days, and the snowmaking team fired up 17 snow guns Wednesday night. The team began making snow on Catwalk and Mambo at the top of Chair 1, and crews will work their way down those two trails to Home Run to provide top-to-bottom and tree-to-tree coverage before opening day.
And back east, both Sunday River and Sugarloaf resorts took advantage of Maine’s unseasonably cold weather last Friday to test their snowmaking capabilities. Sunday River used 32 snow guns to lay a dusting on the T2 trail on Locke Mountain, while fellow Boyne Resorts property Sugarloaf ran 15 guns from 1-6 a.m. on Tote Road.