News in Brief
October 20, 2005
Television service via Pitkin County’s translator system to residents of the Redstone area has been interrupted temporarily because of mechanical difficulties at mountaintop translator sites.In addition to the television outages in the Redstone area, other outlying areas of Pitkin County that receive television via the translator system are without the CBS network until repairs can be made. Weather permitting, engineers are expected to fly into the sites over the weekend and make repairs. For further information, call 920-5395.
ARAPAHOE BASIN – A-Basin officials decided to postpone the ski area’s opening – scheduled for today – because of warm weather 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 will 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. Loveland and A-Basin received 3 inches of natural snow since Tuesday but haven’t made as much snow as either had hoped because of high temperatures and humidity. The temperature needs to be 32 degrees or lower, and less humidity is better. Wednesday night it was 32 degrees with 100 percent humidity, poor conditions for snowmaking, marketing director John 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.For up-to-date information on A-Basin’s opening day, call (888) 272-7246 or visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com. (From the Summit Daily News)