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Winter finally came calling in Colorado’s high country on Thursday, as Arapahoe Basin saw 9 inches of new snow and was able to crank up its snow guns in a significant way.
Colorado ski areas have been basking during a warm, dry fall perfect for mountain biking and hiking, but that all ended with a wet, warm winter storm that rolled up from the Southwest and coated Colorado’s ski resorts with much-needed moisture.
“This is good,” Arapahoe Basin COO Alan Henceroth wrote on his blog on Friday. “We received 9” of new snow the last 24 hours. Beautiful, good stuff. Great for the Earth. Great for future snowmaking. Great for skiing this season.
“We made snow last night on the upper half of High Noon. It is still a little warm at the very bottom. At the coldest point in the evening last we had 10 fan guns running. Right now, the upper 5 fan guns around Black Mountain Lodge are making snow.The forecast shows a notable drop in temperature around dusk this evening. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a good, cold night.”
Copper Mountain, which has been making snow for weeks on its U.S. Ski Team Speed Center full-length speed course in order to host training ahead of its Nov. 6 public opening and team naming event, announced on Friday that — even with the new snow on Thursday — it will have to postpone that event due to the lack of snow in Colorado.
The U.S. Ski Team tech skiers, according to Copper Mountain, will stay in Europe after the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, this weekend, and train until slalom races scheduled for Nov. 13-14 in Levi, Finland. Now Copper’s team naming and NASTAR Pacesetting Trials will be held Nov. 19-21 instead of Nov. 6-8. The ski area is still scheduled to open to the public on Friday, Nov. 6.
Keystone, a Vail Resorts ski area on the company’s Epic Pass, is also slated to open on Nov. 6.
With cold temperatures predicted, Vail Mountain expects to begin making snow as early as today and into the weekend and the resort’s opening day is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20. Opening day for Breckenridge is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13; Beaver Creek’s opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25.
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