Paige Blankenbuehler
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October 5, 2012
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Arapahoe Basin snowmaking commences

With the help of a little natural snow Thursday evening, Arapahoe Basin fired up their snowmaking guns early in the morning Friday.

Last season the ski area started making snow Oct. 6 and opened Oct. 13, with the help of a snow storm Oct. 8 that delivered eight inches of natural snow.

This year A-Basin's snowmaking team outdid themselves by starting to blow snow one day earlier than last season, but there is no telling when the exact opening day will be this year.

"We're hoping to open as soon as possible, but we'll only open on good product," said Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing and communications for the ski area. "We'll know about 48 hours before we open if we're opening - it's all based on weather."

Though a natural snowstorm would expedite the ski area's opening day, officials say it's likely favorable snowmaking conditions will continue.

"We're expecting a great weekend of snowmaking," said Alan Henceroth, CEO of Arapahoe Basin.

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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 5, 2012 04:24PM Published Oct 5, 2012 04:21PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.