Arapahoe Basin also opening Thursday
Copper Mountain postpones opening by one week
Arapahoe Basin officials announced on Wednesday that they’ll open the ski area on Thursday, Oct. 29 — the same day Loveland Ski Area is set to crank up its lifts.
Both ski areas will be the first Colorado resorts to open for the 2015-16 ski season.
“We are going to open tomorrow, Thursday, October 29 at 9 a.m.,” A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth wrote on his blog
on Wednesday. “As we get close to opening, we spend a lot time looking at the snowmaking numbers, pumping rates, stream flows, reservoir recharge rates, temperature forecasts, etc. We try and figure out just when opening can occur.
“By this past Sunday we were thinking we could get open by Thursday or Friday ‘IF’ everything went well. Well, conditions since then have been ideal and we received several more inches of snow. As of this morning we have enough snow, so………………………tomorrow it is.”
Next up, Keystone will open on Friday, Nov. 6.
Copper Mountain, originally scheduled to open Nov. 6 and making snow for nearly a month, announced on Wednesday it won’t be able to open until Friday, Nov. 13. Vail and Beaver Creek open Nov. 20 and 25 respectively.
Forecasters are calling for another storm Thursday into Friday, followed by a fairly dry weekend and then more winter weather next week.