Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area ‘First in West’ to Open For Ski Season

Thursday, October 28 2010 18:41   Winter Fun
Colorado's Loveland Ski Area on Oct. 24 became the first resort in the West to open to the public for the 2010-11 ski season, welcoming skiers and snowboarders who were lined up and ready to go.

Neighboring resort Arapaho Basin quickly followed, opening Oct. 25 for the season.

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin's snowmaking teams worked tirelessly this fall in order to offer the quality ski experience to which skiers in Colorado have become accustomed, a spokesperson for the resorts said.

Snowmaking efforts, combined with recent winter snow storms, allowed Loveland to open with an 18-inch base and provide lift served access to one top-to-bottom run that is a little more than a mile in length. More snow wa expected will add to the packed powder conditions.

Opening day signifies the start to another terrific ski season for Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA).

"There's a lot for Colorado skiers to be excited about this year," explained Melanie Mills, president and CEO of CSCUSA. "This year, resorts have been concentrating on efforts to make the guest experience even better while continuing to offer creative packages and deals that keep Colorado the first choice for skiing and riding."

The lure of early season powder turns brought an energized crowd to Loveland for the opening, demonstrating that people are eager for ski season and to participate in Colorado's official winter sports, she said.

"The build up from this year's race to open seemed particularly intense, especially given Colorado's unpredictable weather," said Mills. "However, another ski season has opened in October, and signs are promising that this year will be as good as, or better, than years past."

Loveland's CEO Rob Goodell expressed his pleasure in winning the 2010-11 race.

"As friendly as the rivalry is, it's always a good feeling to be the first to open," he said. "There's that sense of satisfaction for the resort and the entire staff here at Loveland Ski Area - it's a great reward for all of the hard work and effort the team put in for the past several weeks, and I'm thankful to have such a dedicated staff."

The early opening gives Loveland another year of bragging rights in the "first to open" competition.

Loveland won the race for seven consecutive seasons, from 1999 to 2005. Arapahoe Basin mounted a successful challenge to take the title in 2006 and 2007 before both resorts tied in 2008. Loveland regained the title last year for the 2009-10 season.

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