Loveland the first Colorado ski resort to open | AspenTimes.com

Loveland the first Colorado ski resort to open

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

In this photo provided by Colorado Ski Country USA, Nate Dogg, Meesh Hytner and Jeff Meyer break through the opening banner in the first chair for the first day of skiing at Loveland Ski Area, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in Georgetown, Colo. (AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA, Jack Dempsey) ** NO SALES **

GEORGETOWN, Colo. – Loveland Ski Area has become is the first ski resort in Colorado to open, just as forecasters say a major storm could bring up 8 inches of new snow to parts of the state.

Loveland spokesman John Sellers says one run opened at 9 a.m. on Sunday with an 18-inch base. He says the resort got 8 inches of natural snow in the past 48 hours to boost manufactured snow.

The National Weather Service says a potent storm bringing wintry weather is expected to cross eastern Utah and western Colorado Sunday night and Monday, followed by a cold front.

Forecasters say wind gusts could reach 50 mph on higher mountain passes.