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Arapahoe Basin set to open ski season on Friday the 13th

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October 10, 2017, 5:26 pm

After back to back Monday snowstorms blasted through Colorado the last couple of weeks, Arapahoe Basin ski area high atop the Continental Divide is taking advantage of its good fortune on the weather front to open for the 2017-18 ski season on Friday the 13th.

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Snow coverage on A-Basin’s High Noon trail. The ski area opens Friday.

“Friday, October 13 will be opening day for the 2017-18 ski season,” A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth wrote Tuesday. “Our snowmaking efforts have gone very well with cold temperatures and high streamflows. I just walked High Noon (see photo). The snow coverage is really good.

“The snowmakers are already moving fan guns to Ramrod and Dercum’s Gulch. Two snow cat drivers will be in Wednesday to start pushing the snow around. Welcome to ski season.”
According to Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz, the next chance of natural snow rolls through next weekend, although nothing major until the middle of the month.
“After [Monday’s] storm, the rest of the week will be dry, and the next chance for cooler weather and a bit of snow will occur next weekend,” Gratz wrote Monday. “However, I do not see any significant storms through at least October 15-20, ish.”
Loveland Ski Area also is making snow.
“It’s looking great up on the mountain,” Loveland reported on its website on Monday. “Our snowmaking team is getting help from Mother Nature with fresh snow and low temps. They are hoping to make snow for 36 continuous hours coming up. Parker the Snow Dog is keeping a close eye on the snowmaking progress.
Catwalk is” completed and Mambo is very close to being done. Homerun and the bottom of the lift area is the last stuff that will be done before we open. We hope to have a better idea on where we are in a couple days. We will keep you up to date with all snowmaking news and any opening day annoucments as soon as we get them. Ski season is almost here!”
Vail opens five weeks from now on Nov. 17, although it’s already started making snow, and Beaver Creek opens Nov. 22.

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