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.”
That 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. 18 – Winter Park
Nov. 28 -- Howelson Hill
Nov. 21 – Purgatory
Dec. 11 – Sunlight
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)