Loveland announces opening day Sunday; A-Basin Monday |

Loveland announces opening day Sunday; A-Basin Monday

Dustin Schaefer/Loveland Ski AreaWorkers at Loveland Ski Area prepare the staging area of the chairlift Saturday in preparation for Sunday's opening.

As the first snow with some staying power hit Summit County, Loveland made the call everyone has been waiting for, announcing that Chair 1 will start the season at 9 a.m. Sunday.

“We got five inches of snow last night,” John Sellers, spokesman for Loveland ski area said Saturday. “Forcasts are calling for an another four to seven tonight and tomorow, so Opening Day could be a powder day.”

Coming in second by 24 hours, Arapahoe Basin will open Monday at 9 a.m., boasting seven inches of fresh snow and the new high-speed chairlift, the Black Mountain Express.

“We’re so excited. We can’t wait to get on the mountain,” Kimberly Trembearth, an A-Basin spokeswoman said.

Snow is expected to continue Saturday bringing three to five inches of accumulation. Overnight low temperatures and a good chance of snow showers could pack the slopes with a few more inches before Sunday morning. Sunday will see higher temperatures, but the snow is likely to pick up again early Monday morning and continue throughout the day. The storm could bring in as much as a foot of new snow by Monday.

One local skier spent the week preparing to be the first take advantage of it.

Nate “Dogggg” of Breckenridge has been camped in the Loveland parking lot since Wednesday awaiting the opening day anouncement and the chance to take the first lift of the season, an honor he said he’s claimed for 16 years running.

“It’s the beginning of another ski season, another year to hold down the fort, claiming the first chair of the year,” Dogggg said.

Fresh snow has also been coating the higher elevations at Breckenridge and Keystone off and on since Friday morning.

“It looks like temperatures are really going to drop in the evenings Sunday (and) Monday,” Ryan Whaley, a Keystone spokesman said. “That’s prime conditions for making snow. So that will allow us to kind of finish up and really get ready for opening day.”

Breckenridge has announced plans to start snowmaking by Sunday evening, slightly later than expected.

Keystone and Copper are set to open Nov. 5. Breckenridge has opening day slated for Nov. 12.

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