Arapahoe Basin postpones opening |

Arapahoe Basin postpones opening

Kimberly Nicoletti
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

ARAPAHOE BASIN – The news brings the same kind of disappointment as a forecasted 12-inch dump that hammers the north and only dusts local resorts: Arapahoe Basin isn’t opening today.A-Basin officials decided to postpone the ski area’s opening – scheduled for today – because of warm temperatures in the last week. They made the announcement Thursday morning, saying the ski area would benefit from additional snowmaking in order to deliver a quality product to its guests. But stay tuned: The ski area could open as early as 8:30 a.m. Saturday or Sunday.”The decision to open the ski area is on a day-to-day basis. We hope to open as soon as possible,” said Alan Henceroth, chief operating officer at A-Basin.Last year, A-Basin had its earliest opening, on Oct. 22, thanks to man-made snow. This year, it plans to open one run, High Noon, with an approximately 18-inch base.”We’re just waiting for one good night of snowmaking weather, and we’ll be good to go,” said marketing director Leigh Hierholzer.Meanwhile, Loveland Ski Area opened Oct. 14, with an 18 to 24 inch base on one run, and marketing director John Sellers said it’s going strong. “We had our biggest opening day ever,” Sellers said. “I heard a lot of people say it was the best early season snow they had seen. Even through the weekend, it held up really well.”Loveland and A-Basin have received 3 inches of natural snow since Tuesday but haven’t made as much snow as either had hoped because of warm temperatures and high humidity. The temperature has to be at 32 degrees or lower, and less humidity is better. Wednesday night, it was 32 degrees with 100 percent humidity, poor conditions for snowmaking, Sellers said.But despite Mother Nature’s tepid disposition in the mountains, Loveland Ski Area plans to open another trail this weekend, Sellers said. The current run has about an 18 inch base, he said.Vail, Colorado

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