Loveland and Arapahoe Basin snowmaking deterred by weather |

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin snowmaking deterred by weather

Janice Kurbjun
Special to the Daily/A-BasinSnowmaking underway Tuesday morning at Arapahoe Basin.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area have been making snow every chance they get, but they’ve been largely limited to night and early morning hours.

Arapahoe Basin had 17 guns going from 5-11 a.m. Tuesday morning, with temperatures favorable at 21 degrees – “the coldest night yet,” Arapahoe Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer said.

She and Loveland Ski Area spokesman John Sellers said the snow that’s been made hasn’t been melting. However, not making snow during the day slows progress toward an opening day.

“It’s not from lack of wanting to,” Hierholzer said.

Sellers said Loveland’s upper mountain is mostly finished, so workers are spreading the snow there. Meanwhile, guns have been moved and refocused on the lower mountain.

“We’re focusing on the home stretch,” Sellers said. “We’re getting close. The temperatures are getting colder, which is good.”

Neither mountain has named an opening day, although both have often opened in October in previous years.

To follow snowmaking progress at Arapahoe Basin, visit To see what’s happening at Loveland, visit

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