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Loveland Ski Area makes snow

Special to the DailyLoveland Ski Area made snow on trails that form a 1,000-foot top-to-bottom run.

LOVELAND, Colorado ” Cold temperatures allowed Loveland Ski Area to start making snow Wednesday morning for the first time this fall.

“It has been cold up in the High Country, but it didn’t look like we would get the temperatures necessary to start making snow until later in the week,” said Eric Johnstone, Loveland’s snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. “We had all our guns placed on the hill and our crew was on standby, so we were ready to go when the temperatures dipped last night.”-

Loveland Ski Area started making snow at midnight on the trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun for Opening Day 2008. The trails form a top-to-bottom run of 1,000 vertical feet.

“We have been getting flooded with calls and e-mails from skiers and riders eager to start the ski season,” said Rob Goodell, director of business operations. “We still have snow up on the peaks from the last storm and now we have some snow on our trails too.Let the race begin!”

In recent years, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have vied to become the first resort in the country to open. A-Basin was first last year, when it opened Oct. 13.

Snowmaking updates are available at The site will be updated regularly with pictures and progress reports so visitors can get daily updates on snowmaking progress.

Loveland Season Passes, 4-Paks and Loveland Pass Cards are available online through Nov. 23. Breckenridge and Keystone are set to open Nov. 7. Vail’s opening is slated for Nov. 21, while Beaver Creek’s Opening Day is Nov. 26.

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