A-Basin, Loveland making snow with aim of October opening

Snow guns began pouring snow onto the slopes at Loveland Ski Area early Monday morning, as preparations got underway for a mid-October opening of the mountain.

“It’s a little bit early,” ski area spokesman John Sellers said. “Typically, we start the last weekend in September, but that is solely weather dependent.”

And the weather forecast going into October calls for cold and dry conditions, a snow maker’s dream. “We got about 4 inches of snow on Saturday, and had a nice cold dry night last night. The guns fired up at midnight,” Sellers said.

Unusually warm conditions last fall and in 2015 delayed opening day for Loveland until early November. Loveland hadn’t opened that late in the previous 20 years, he said.

“We are always shooting for mid-October, but we will be waiting until we have an 18-inch base and tree-to-tree coverage,” Sellers said.

Training began for snow makers at Arapahoe Basin last week, but the resort has not begun to start its snow guns, said Chris Linsmayer, spokesman for Colorado Snow Country.

“Typically, it comes down between Loveland and A-Basin when it comes to who is going to open first,” Linsmayer said. “Both are typically aiming for some time in October, and with a couple of more weeks of these temperatures and they’ll be open before mid-October. It’s that time of year.”