Copper Mountain Resort officially kicked off the 2018-19 snowmaking season early Sunday morning near the top of the Excelerator lift on Andy’s Encore trail. Meanwhile, Loveland Ski Area received three inches of new snow, and just over the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin also reported a fresh coat of snow.
“We had some snow last night. I think this is our snowiest morning so far,” noted All Henceroth in his blog post Monday morning. “The temperatures were not quite cold enough to make snow. We should see a little more snow today and we should have good snowmaking temperatures tonight. This ought to be a good week.”
At Loveland, the snowmaking crew has arrived from New Zealand and they are ready to fire up the guns as soon as temperatures allow, which could be as early as Monday night. Loveland plans to open as soon as it has a full top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18″ base.
Copper Mountain has already announced a Nov. 16 opening day for the 2018-19 season. The Colorado resort, just 90 minutes west of Denver, debuts the new American Flyer and American Eagle chairlifts out of the Center Village this season. The American Flyer will now be a high-speed six-person chair with bubble enclosures to protect from wind and cold, the only active bubble chair in Colorado. The American Eagle will be a high-speed combination lift that features both six-person chairs and eight-person gondola cabins. Both will significantly increase uphill access from the base area and reduce wait times.
Both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are sporting new lifts too. Loveland will open a new high-speed quad – Chet’s Dream – to replace Chair 1 out of the base area.
Meanwhile, Arapahoe basin will open 468 acres of new terrain in The Beavers and Steep Gullies area off the back of the mountain. The new terrain, featuring rolling groomed runs, tree skiing, and steep rocky chutes, will be served by a new high-speed quad.
With the forecast calling for temperatures in the low to mid-20s this week, plus light snow through the week, the #RaceToOpen is officially underway.