Friday’s snow sweetens slopes |

Friday’s snow sweetens slopes

Nicole Formosa

SUMMIT COUNTY – Every little bit helps. That’s the general consensus among Summit County’s ski resorts after Thursday night’s storm dropped three to six inches on the slopes.Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin both reported six new inches of snow as of Friday afternoon, with two more inches expected Friday night. Loveland spokesperson Melanie Webb said there are no immediate plans to open any new lifts or trails this weekend, but that it’s usually a last minute decision.Arapahoe Basin will not be operating another lift, but Alan Henceroth, director of mountain operations, said the Ramrod and High Noon trails should be open by Sunday.”It’s been snowing all day long and we’re making a lot of snow – it’s great snowmaking weather,” Henceroth said.Both mountains have rails set up for skiers and riders hoping to sharpen their park skills.Copper Mountain is the next Summit County resort in line to begin the season, with an opening date of November 5. Spokesperson Jamie Wilson said the plan is to open two trails, both of which will be served by the American Eagle lift.Wilson said Copper is not officially measuring snow yet, but estimates the mountain had three new inches at the base and about five inches mid-mountain.Keystone Resort reported three inches overnight Thursday and is excited about its opening day on Nov. 12. The mountain is celebrating opening day with 36 hours of skiing, from 8 a.m. Friday morning to 8 p.m. Saturday evening with $36 lift tickets, said Lisha Burnett, spokesperson for Keystone.It plans to start the season with top to bottom skiing with at least part of the A51 terrain park opening as well, said Burnett.Breckenridge Resort is also slated to open Nov. 12 and although it doesn’t have an official snow measurement, spokesperson Katie Coakley said she thinks between three and four inches fell overnight Thursday.Across ColoradoClose to a foot of new snow fell at several mountains across the state, but most of those don’t open until at least Thanksgiving.The state’s sweet spot right now is Silverton Mountain, which reported 13 new inches last night and has had 32 inches in the last week, according to Kerrie Griffiths, assistant for mountain operations.Silverton doesn’t open until Dec. 16.”It snows here all the time and at the rate things are going, it’s going to be a pretty good opening day, ” said Griffiths.A storm that blew through the San Juan mountains dumped 8 inches at Telluride and six inches at Durango Mountain Resort. Telluride will open Nov. 24 with $24 lift tickets all day and Durango opens on Thanksgiving day.Aspen Snowmass reported 9 inches Thursday night, while Steamboat got an 11-inch blanket and Powderhorn boasted 12 new inches. Wolf Creek, which opened Friday, had 8 new inches to report with a 27-inch base.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at

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