Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lifts are Running in CO

With cold temps and a flurry of snowmaking activity, the race was on to be first ski area in the US to open. Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Pass ski areas both lifted up one lift and one run this morning, marking the start of the lift season. The cover’s thin, the run’s narrow – sometimes earning the nickname the “White Ribbon of Death” – but there’s no complaining about turns in October.

(A-Basin blowing some coverage. Photo from Ski Press World.)

From Ski Press:
Arapahoe Basin ski area will officially open for the 2008-2009 ski season tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, 2008. For the past two years the ski area has been the first to open in the nation and this year A-Basin continues that trend.

The Exhibition chairlift will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run and some features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.

Webcam footage of the runs here:
A-Basin -
Loveland -

Elsewhere in snow country, heavy snowfall blanketed the parts of Montana over the weekend. Great report and photos away from the lifts after some early season backcountry over on TelemarkTips

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