Both Loveland and A-Basin benefit this time of year from their relatively high elevations, each sitting at around 10,500 feet at the base of their mountains. The high elevation means it’s colder and the snow tends to stick around, even during this transitional period from summer to fall.
Just like their friendly rival on the other side of Loveland Pass, Loveland Ski Area took advantage of both colder temps and the new snow and turned on the snow guns at 6 last night. Loveland's snowmaking crew will work their way down Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun for Opening Day 2013. These trails form a top-to-bottom run that is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
"The surrounding peaks have been white all week and it is great to see our snowmaking team push the snow line a little further down the mountain," said John Sellers, marketing director. "Every flake that falls from the sky or from one of our snow guns gets us that much closer to Opening Day. We look forward to turning the lifts for all the skiers and snowboarders that have patiently made it through another long summer."
Sellers adds that it typically takes two to three weeks for Loveland's snowmaking team to cover the top-to-bottom run with an 18 inch base and tree-to-tree coverage for Opening Day. Loveland started making snow on October 4 last season and opened on October 23. Loveland Ski Area plans to open in mid-October.
Snowmaking updates are available at www.skiloveland.com/snowmaking. The site will be updated with pictures, videos, and reports on snowmaking progress.