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October 4, 2012
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Loveland Ski Area making snow

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colorado - Loveland Ski Area took advantage of the cold temperatures that moved into the high country Wednesday night and began making snow just after 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Loveland's snowmaking crew will work its way down Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun for Opening Day 2012. These trails form a top to bottom run that is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet. -

"The temperatures finally dropped for us last night and we had a productive first night of snowmaking," said Bobby Babeon, trail maintenance and snowmaking manager. "We hoped to get things started last week, but the weather didn't cooperate. The good news is the forecast looks great, and we are still on track for a mid-October opening."

It typically takes about two weeks for Loveland's snowmaking team to cover the opening day run with an 18-inch base and tree-to-tree coverage for the first skiers and riders of the season. Loveland started making snow on Oct. 6 last season and opened Oct. 14.

"It has been a long summer and the snow that fell last week really got everyone excited about the winter," said Marketing Director John Sellers. "The buzz of the snow guns around the area is a welcomed sign that another ski season is right around the corner."

Snowmaking updates are available at skiloveland.com/snowmaking. The site will be updated daily with pictures and videos of the progress. -


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The VailDaily Updated Oct 4, 2012 11:42PM Published Oct 4, 2012 11:40PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.