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Colorado resorts blowing snow

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

The hills are alive with the sound of snowmaking, at least at Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Copper Mountain.

The three Colorado resorts took advantage of cold temperatures and started snowmaking operations in late September, according to Colorado Ski Country USA, a state trade association.

Loveland was the first to start snowmaking operations on Sept. 21. Arapahoe Basin followed the next day. Copper Mountain joined the fun Sept. 30.

“The race to be the first resort to open in Colorado, and the first in North America to open for the season, has been a long-standing tradition for (Colorado Ski Country) member resorts,” the association said in a press release. “For many years, the bragging rights have been claimed by either Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Last year, these two resorts both opened on the same day, October 15th. This was the first time Colorado had two resorts open on the same day for the season.”

For those who care about such trivia, Loveland won the opening day honors for six consecutive seasons ending in 2005. Arapahoe Basin opened first in 2006 and 2007.

The Aspen Skiing Co. traditionally doesn’t fire up its snowmaking guns until later in the fall. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 26 for the 2009-10 season. (For those counting, that’s 54 days.) Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open on Dec. 12.