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Ski season approaches: Colorado ski areas fire up snow-making equipment

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 3:10pm MST
Snowmaking operations began last night for the 2013-2014 season at Araphoe Basin and Loveland ski areas. (Arapahoe Basin)

Snowmaking operations began last night for the 2013-2014 season at Araphoe Basin and Loveland ski areas. (Arapahoe Basin)

A marked turn toward colder weather and a few light snowfalls has Colorado ski areas raring to get the 2013 – 2014 season underway.  Last night both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin fired up their snowmaking gear.

Neither ski area has announced an official opening date but with snowmaking underway, it won’t be far off.  Both began operations last night as temperatures were dropping below freezing.

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin stand at elevations approaching 11,000 feet which gives them a jump on other Colorado ski areas.  The two are always in a race to see which can open first with A-Basin usually holding the edge.

The earliest A-Basin has opened is October 10, 2007.  Two years later, Loveland bested that mark when it opened on October 7, 2009.

Once the ski season gets started, be sure to check our Colorado Ski Conditions page for the latest.

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