Copper-snowmaking The sun rises on the first day of snowmaking at Copper Mountain Resort on Sept. 29, 2020. The resort is scheduled to open Nov. 30. Photo courtesy Copper Mountain Resort

In what promises to be a most unusual ski season in Colorado due to COVID-19, it might also be an unusually late kickoff.

Representatives at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland — the two ski areas historically vying for opening day bragging rights — expressed cautious optimism in running lifts by the end of October.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Loveland's Dustin Schaefer. "Our snowmakers are on standby even when they're not making snow, and when they get the opportunity to turn those guns on, they will."

Asked if she shared the same confidence for October, A-Basin spokeswoman Katherine Fuller chuckled. "Uhm, sure, I will be optimistic about October," she said, adding that snow guns had been firing in early morning hours.

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