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Loveland Ski Area set to open as ski season kicks off on Sunday

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 8:19am MDT
Snow covers Loveland Ski Area this morning as they prepare to open for the first time of the season. (Loveland Ski Area)

Snow covers Loveland Ski Area this morning as they prepare to open for the first time of the season. (Loveland Ski Area)

Down here along the Front Range we continue waiting for our first snow but in the high country Mother Nature brought white gold in recent days.  The 2010 ski season will kick off this morning as Loveland Ski Area opens and Arapahoe Basin will follow suit tomorrow.

The annual race to be the first ski area in Colorado to open is running a bit behind schedule as warmer than normal weather postponed the openings.  The contest usually comes down to Loveland and A-Basin and for the second year in a row Loveland will be the winner.

Loveland recorded five inches of snow Friday night and more throughout the day Saturday to add to their manmade base.  Overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning snow has continued to fall assuring conditions will be more than adequate for the scheduled 9:00am opening.

On the other side of the Continental Divide in Summit County, A-Basin will open at 9:00am on Monday.  The resort will also be opening with its new Black Mountain Express high speed chairlift.

A series of winter weather systems are forecast to move across the Colorado mountains in the coming days helping to add to the snow totals and pushing other areas closer to their openings.  Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for mountain areas west of the Divide and Winter Storm Watches for the north central mountains on the west side.

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