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Loveland, A-Basin First Out Of Gate As Colorado Resorts Set Opening Dates

Loveland early groomingThe unofficial race to open first in Colorado is over for 2015-2016, with Loveland Ski Basin and Arapahoe Basin both opening for the season on Thursday, October 29.

Sub-freezing temperatures plus several decent October snowfalls have given mountain crews at Loveland and other high-country resorts the opportunity to lay down and groom out a couple of slopes for the eager-beaver, early-bird skiers and snowboarders.

“We are ready to open when we have an 18” base and tree-to-tree coverage on our top-to-bottom run,” Loveland’s John Sellers told SnoCountry.com. “The Opening Day run is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.”

Wolf Creek first snowsThat same cold blast and combo of natural snow and snowmaking will allow A-Basin's Black Mountain Express Lift to start churning Thursday. Skiers and riders will be shuttled to mid-mountain where the High Noon trail awaits them.

So the countdown for openings in the rest of the state is underway. Here’s a listing of tentative opening dates and the other resorts, weather dependent, with several approximate and TBD dates:

Nov. 6 – Keystone

Nov. 7 – Wolf Creek

Nov. 13 – BreckenridgeCopper

Nov. 18 – Winter Park

Nov. 20 – Vail, Eldora

Nov. 25 – Steamboat, Crested Butte, Beaver Creek

Nov. 26 – Telluride, Snowmass, Aspen Mountain

Nov. 28 -- Howelson Hill

Approximate:

Nov. 21 – Purgatory

Early Dec. – Ski Granby Ranch, Monarch

Dec. 11 – Sunlight

Dec. 12 – Buttermilk, Ski Cooper, Aspen Highlands

TBD – Silverton

Photos: Top -- Loveland is ready to roll and groomers are on the slopes (Loveland); Right -- Wolf Creek gets early season snows, plans Nov. 7 opening (Wolf Creek/Facebook)

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