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Summit County ski areas enjoy first decent dump

Snow fell nearly all day throughout Summit County Thursday. The much- needed precipitation marked the first real storm of the ski season, dusting local ski areas with a few inches of accumulation.

Arapahoe Basin reported a small, but significant 2 inches Thursday morning.

The ski area opened Oct. 17 with two trails, the High Noon run and the High Divide terrain park with a base of 18 inches.

A-Basin's snowmaking crews continued to make snow throughout the storm Thursday and this morning with the Ramrod run on queue to open next, according to Adrienne Saia Isaac, spokeswoman for the ski area.

"Snow is always good and let's hope the cold gives us the opportunity to finish snowmaking on Ramrod," said Alan Henceroth, chief operating officer of the ski area. "This ought to be a good weekend. Ramrod will likely be open, the sun should pop out, and we will have lots of people having fun."

Loveland Ski Area, the only other Colorado mountain open, reported having 3 inches of accumulation from the storm Thursday morning.

Copper Mountain reported 6 inches of snow at the top of the mountain Thursday afternoon.

"Every little bit (of natural snow) helps," said Mike Looney, slope maintenance manager at Copper. "Cold temperatures and an added layer of frozen natural snow helps create a dense layer, which enhances our snowmaking efforts."

Keystone reported slightly more than neighboring ski areas: A total of 4 inches bolstered its snowmaking efforts Thursday.

The most accumulation occurred outside of the county though, to the north and west at neighboring ski resorts.

Beaver Creek snowmaking kicked off Wednesday evening and had the help of 7 inches of natural snow from the storm.

Aspen, Snowmass and Steamboat matched the snowfall at Beaver Creek, with the worst of the storm bringing with it approximately 7 inches of snow.

Denver, too saw snow from Thursday's weather event. Parts of the Front Range experienced up to 5 inches of accumulation, according to the National Weather Service stationed in Grand Junction.

The reported accumulations were compiled Thursday afternoon. Snowfall continued throughout the day and is expected to extend through this afternoon.

Today's forecast reflects mostly cloudy conditions with a 20 percent chance of snow showers during the day. High temperatures are projected to fall between 22-30 degrees with west winds 10-15 mph, according to forecasts through the National Weather Service stationed in Grand Junction.

Forecasters are predicting tonight to have partly cloudy conditions, low temperatures falling between 12-16 degrees with west winds 10-15 mph and gusts around 35 mph.

Saturday's forecast is calling for mostly clear conditions and only a 4 percent chance of snow. Similar sunny conditions with highs of 37 degrees and lows dipping into the high teens are projected through the rest of the weekend.

The forecast remains clear for most of next week and snow is not currently predicted through Halloween.


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