It’s beginning to look a lot like winter |

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter

SUMMIT COUNTY – It will be about seven weeks before cries of “Powder day!” will mean anything, but the snow that appeared around Summit County Wednesday was officially more than a dusting, according to ski area representatives.

“There’s so much snow, you can lose a small dog in it,” joked Ben Friedland, spokesman for Copper Mountain, which reported 2 inches in its village base area Wednesday and 6 to 7 inches on top. “We haven’t had entire runs covered from top to bottom like this yet. But all of our 2,600 vertical feet are covered in snow. It gets everyone’s winter juices flowing.”

It’s not quite the time of year when ski patrol is out taking official measurements of new snow, but all Summit ski areas are now sporting the look of winter.

“It definitely looks like a winter day,” said Keystone spokeswoman Dawn Doty. “Some people, when they see snow, are like, “Give it to me.’ They’re like little kids. I’m sure everybody in town has to be at least a little excited to see it.”

Keystone representatives measured about 3-1/2 inches on North Peak and said the resort was planning to begin blowing its own snow in mid-October, but it will start sooner if the weather cooperates. Ideally, the temperature should be between 20 and 30 degrees to blow snow, according to mountain operations workers.

The new snow made for cold construction weather at Arapahoe Basin, which is scrambling to install its first-ever snowmaking equipment in time to blow snow for the 2001-02 season.

“We got a really good cover (Tuesday) night,” said A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer, who reported 2 to 3 inches top to bottom at the ski area Wednesday. “And it’s so cold up here, it’s still sticking around. We finally turned the heater on in the office.”

“We don’t have patrol out measuring inches just yet,” said Amanda McNally, spokeswoman for Breckenridge Ski Resort, which received between 3 and 6 inches of snow Wednesday – including on the new Peak 7 expansion area. “All our new terrain is covered, so now we know what it will look like. I live in town, and everything was covered – my car, everything. We’re excited to have people think about winter. Hopefully it will remind everyone that season passes are on sale for about another month.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

Colorado Ski Area Scheduled Opening Dates

Arapahoe Basin November

Aspen Highlands Dec. 14

Aspen Mountain Nov. 28

Beaver Creek: Nov. 23

Breckenridge Nov. 15

Buttermilk: Dec. 14

Copper Mountain Nov. 2

Crested Butte Dec. 14

Durango Mountain Resort Nov. 28

Eldora mid-November

Howelsen Hill late November

Keystone Nov. 1

Loveland mid-October

Monarch Nov. 22

Powderhorn Dec. 12

Silverton Nov. 15

Ski Cooper Nov. 28

SolVista Dec. 14

Snowmass Nov. 28

Steamboat Nov. 27

Sunlight Nov. 27

Telluride Nov. 26

Vail Nov. 22

Winter Park/Mary Jane Nov. 13

– Source: Colorado Ski Country USA

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