Ready to ski? Let the (fake) snow fly |

Ready to ski? Let the (fake) snow fly

In an effort to continue its five-year tradition of being the first ski area in the United States to open, Loveland Ski Area started making snow last week.At nearby Arapahoe Basin, 11 snowguns started firing for the first time Monday morning. The two areas on the Continental Divide have competed over the last few years to be the first to open in Colorado. Consistent overnight lows in the 20s have allowed the mountains to make snow. “We’ve been working on getting everything ready and have had everything in place for a couple days now,” said Mark Abrahamson, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager at Loveland. “We just needed the weather conditions to cooperate.”Loveland Ski Area created a website last year to keep up with the high volume of requests for snowmaking updates. Skiers and riders can visit to view the snowmaking progress and access updates.”Opening first is important, but we will not open for the season until we have a quality product to offer our guests,” said John Sellers, marketing director.Last season, Arapahoe Basin opened Oct. 22, earlier than it ever had before. The mountain again plans to open in late October, depending on manmade and natural snowfall, General Manager Alan Henceroth said. “The snowmaking system has aided the ski area and guests by giving the ski area a more predictable opening date; it helped weatherproof the business,” Henceroth said. “Our goal is to be the first ski area to open, and we’re poised and ready to go.”

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