Loveland Pass Ski Area Opens; Colorado Peaks Blasted With Snow
Colorado has been the victim of dry weather for the start of the 2010 ski season. The managers of the ski areas watched the horizon for weeks hoping for a big storm. Meanwhile, snow making has been in full swing.
October 22nd, 2010, prayers of those who surf down waves of white on skis and boards came true. Saturday night, The Colorado Department of transportation required chains on 18 wheelers headed over Loveland Pass which summits at 11,990 ft into the Dillon Valley. The snow dumped a sweet velvet blanket on the peak tops. By Sunday morning, it was snowing in the mountain valleys, as well. Loveland Pass ski area is open.
“It took a little longer than last year, but I think everyone is going to be pleased with the conditions." said Eric Johnstone in a Loveland Ski Area Press Release.
"We got five inches of snow last night which is a nice compliment to the snow we were able to make. It is still snowing hard now and opening day could be a powder day if this keeps up."
Loveland Pass and Arapahoe Basin are the favorite of locals who don’t want to let the secret out about where the best places to ski are.
While the areas are both smaller than nearby Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, they offer superb ski conditions due to the altitude. A-Basin just finished a new lift as it expands access to some of the sweetest skiing in Colorado, especially for both early and late season fun.
The town of Breckenridge, on it's way to acquiring the exclusive reputation of Aspen, was quiet on Sunday. The mountains perched above the old mining town are taking on layers of snow. However, the streets remain wet as most of the snow melts. The run down to Park Avenue, called 4 O'Clock Run, is dry. Soon, the entire area will be covered by a carpet of velvet snow and the hoots and hollers of those love the call of the Colorado winter will be heard.