On the Hill: Get yer guns | AspenTimes.com

On the Hill: Get yer guns

Did you see that picture on the front page/home page? That’s real snow up there on Independence Pass. Summer officially ended Thursday, and that means ski season starts this season. Screw fall color. Before the next solstice we’ll be returning to our favorite lines on Bell Mountain, zipping down groomers at Tiehack and exploring new terrain on Deep Temerity.But before that, we’ll be hearing about – or traveling to – other ski areas around the state. Two of those have already rolled out their big guns and are preparing for their annual cold war. The battle to be the first Colorado ski resort to open is about to begin.Both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland say they have their snowguns out.”We are really excited. We are ready to get it going,” Leigh Hierholzer of A-Basin said Thursday. “We need it to be about 3 degrees colder than last night. The reservoir is full. We are just waiting for the right temperatures even if it is only for a couple of hours.”She said the resort expects to open in mid- or late October.Kathryn Johnson of Loveland said that resort also has its snowmaking equipment out. “We’re hoping. We are just waiting for the right conditions.”Loveland also would like to open next month.For the past five years, Loveland has been the first ski area to open in the United States. Record crowds came out for opening day last year on Oct. 15. A-Basin followed soon after.Skiing in October: Gives a whole new meaning to “fall line.”

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