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Copper Mountain, Loveland Ski Area open additional terrain

Special to the Daily/ John Sellers, Loveland Ski Area

After the modest, but significant storm last weekend, Copper Mountain and Loveland Ski Area are the first among local ski areas to open more terrain since the season’s opening.

Copper opened the Ptarmigan Trail, accessible by the Excelerator Lift, adding to the Main Vein, Rhapsody, Bouncer Terrain Park and the Easy Rider lift served learning area, said Austyn Williams, spokeswoman for the ski area.

The ski area now has a total of three lifts, five trails and 73 acres of terrain open.

Copper opened Nov. 2 with 42 acres of skiing and riding plus Woodward at Copper’s Eagle Jib Park.

Loveland opened Chair 6 Tuesday, bringing the ski area’s tally to 79 skiable acres with four runs.

“We are happy to say that Chair 6 opened Tuesday offering more terrain and great snow conditions right now,” said John Sellers, spokesman for Loveland Ski Area. “The last little storm gave us just what we needed to offer more early season skiing and riding.”

Loveland officials opened the season with one top-to-bottom run, which included the Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun trails, a combined total of approximately 1,000 vertical feet with an 18-inch base.

Other ski areas are awaiting more snow while snowmaking operations commence.

“The accumulation from the last storm really helped our conditions,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, spokeswoman for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. “We’re making snow on the upper portion of the mountain and we’re hoping to open that soon.”

Officials from Keystone Resort too, report snowmaking operations will allow for more terrain soon.