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SnoCountry SnoCast: Warm Pattern, But Glimpses of Colder Hope

SnoCountry SnoCast: Warm Pattern, But Glimpses of Colder Hope

Snow flying Wednesday at Whistler Blackcomb. Good base making snow on the way here with opening date set for late November (Whistler Blackcomb/Facebook)

As we jump deeper into November, many ski areas are prepping to open! While it doesn't look like a great pattern for big snow to start out November, there will be some small windows of snowy-opportunity.

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Hundreds Ring In New Season At Arapahoe Basin

Hundreds Ring In New Season At Arapahoe Basin

Hundreds of A-Basin regulars line up for chance to make first runs of the season. (Arapahoe Basin/Webcam)

The sun snuck over the ridge at just past 7 a.m. Friday, illuminating the base area at Arapahoe Basin and signaling that the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season would soon be underway.


A couple of hours later, shouts of joy resounded off the walls of the Continental Divide as several hundred folks queued up into their first lift line of the season, let the first chair of the season bump into their calves, felt that familiar swing of lift-off and, officially, opened up the new season in the United States and Canada.

“Let’s get this party started!” was the mantra tweeted out on Friday morning.

And indeed it did, amid the whoosh of chairs accelerating out of the base terminal, the roar of snowmaking guns on the hill, and the shouts and cheers of the adoring crowd.

Arapahoe Basin “won” the annual race to be the first to start this season, after “tying” with Loveland Ski Area in the West last year with an Oct. 29 opening. Resort operations head Alan Henceroth said consistently sub-freezing temps – especially at night – kept snowmaking guns roaring, and Mother Nature blessed the slopes with another 4-5 inches in the last couple of days.

"The stoke level is definitely high here, it’s absolutely electric, you can really feel the passion people have for this mountain," Arapahoe Basin's Adrienne Saia Isaac told SnoCountry.com."

The high-speed Black Mountain Express and intermediate High Noon trail welcomed eager skiers and riders another season at the iconic Summit County resort – seemingly plenty for the first-day crowd.

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Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Snowmaking at Killington begins at the top. (Killington/Facebook)

Opening day is on the minds of skiers and snowboarders already, and brace of resorts have turned on snow guns – and turned eyes to the skies -- in hopes of being the first to open in 2016-2017.

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Snowmaking Underway at Killington; A-Basin, Loveland Getting Close

Snowmaking Underway at Killington; A-Basin, Loveland Getting Close

Snowmaking in the Northridge Area at Killington Resort kicked off October 10, 2016. (Killington Photo / Chandler Burgess)


Vermont’s Killington Resort threw it’s hat into the #RaceToOpen ring when it began snowmaking operations early Monday morning, October 10, in anticipation of kicking off the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season.

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Snowmaking Underway At Loveland, A-Basin, Copper Mountain

Snowmaking Underway At Loveland, A-Basin, Copper Mountain

Colorado's Loveland Ski Area started making snow on Monday, October 3. (Photo Dustin Schaefer / Ricoh Imaging)

It’s snow time!

Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain Resort have all started making snow in preparation for kicking off the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season, and to welcome to U.S. Ski Team and back home.

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Memorial Day Weekend Skiing, Riding, Brewfests And Hot Tub Parties

Memorial Day Weekend Skiing, Riding, Brewfests And Hot Tub Parties

Squaw Valley is one of eight resorts offering skiing and snowboarding Memorial Day Weekend, plus a Hot Tub Party at High Camp. (Squaw Valley photo)

Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the official beginning of summer, but eight ski resorts across North American are holding out for at least one last weekend of skiing and riding.

If you’re heading out this weekend to make some turns, don’t forget to bring the bikes, hiking shoes and kayaks too! So which resorts are open this weekend? Here is a rundown:

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Nine Resorts OPEN For Spring Skiing & Riding This Weekend

Nine Resorts OPEN For Spring Skiing & Riding This Weekend

It may be the middle of May, but for a handful of resorts across the country, it's prime time spring skiing and snowboarding. So where can you get out and make turns this weekend?

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Spring Skiing This Weekend In California, Colorado and New England

SwuawSpring may be taking hold where you live, but numerous resorts will continue to spin the lift this weekend … and well into May.

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Spring Highlights Top Bump Runs In Rocky Mountains

Bump skier TellurideAs spring skiing season arrives, you usually find more VW-size moguls than snorkel-deep powder at Rocky Mountain resorts. Combine with warm bluebird days, and you’ve got prime time for bump-a-holics.

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Expansion Plans At Arapahoe Basin Move Forward

A-Basin expansion planA lift up the rugged Beavers area, a new chair for the classic moguls of Pallavinci and a quad for beginners at the base – these are among the projects at Arapahoe Basin that have moved closer to fruition after an affirmative U.S. Forest Service action.

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'Uphillers' At Western Resorts Grow In Popularity, Rules, Regulations

A-Basin upholdersOn any given day at winter resorts in the West, dozens of people on skis, snowshoes or foot can be seen heading out of the base area to get in a run within resort boundaries without riding the lift.

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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.

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Colorado's Loveland Ski Area Opens Thursday

LovelandLoveland Ski Area opens for the season Thursday, winning the race to be the first Colorado Resort to welcome skiers and snowboarders for the 2015-16 season.

 

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Snowmaking Underway At Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain SnowmakingCopper Mountain became the first resort in North America to make snow for the 2015-16 season on Oct. 2.

 

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Colorado Resorts Upgrade Lodges, On-Mountain Eateries

Colorado eateries upgradesNew lifts and trails often get the headlines during the off-season, but much of this summer’s work in Colorado centers around lodges, base facilities and restaurants.

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Late Spring Snow Extends A-Basin Season Deeper Into June

Arapahoe BasinAfter reporting nearly 50 inches of snow in May, Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will extend the ski and ride season for at least one bonus weekend - June 12-14, 2015.

 

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Colorado Resorts Reluctantly Start To Close After Average Snowfall Season

Spring fin at ArapahoeAt this time of year, the closure list of Colorado ski and snowboard resorts gets slowly and depressingly longer and longer. But even after this weekend (April 11-12) when another seven mountains pull the plug, there will still be slopes and trails accessible by lift for a few weeks more.

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Epic Adventure! Eight Colorado Resorts In A Day

Eight ResortsSporting an Epic Pass, a Copper/Winter Park Patriots Pass and a Loveland lift ticket, Disabled American Veteran Jerry Eller of Canon City, Colorado recently conquered an eight-resort solo adventure.

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Climb Before You Slide? Popularity Is Growing At Colorado Resorts

A Basin upholdersIn these days of high-speed quads, heated seats and WiFi in gondolas, it’s heartening for traditionalists to know that the ritual of climbing up to ski down is still quite popular.

 

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Western Resorts Getting Aggressive To Combat Climate Change

Alta snowcat using biodieselClimate change – and its threat to snow-dependent ski and snowboard resorts -- has become a priority for many resort owners, and a large number in the West are taking steps to reduce emissions and energy use.

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