Last week’s snow storms help push Loveland Ski Area to plan opening day for Thursday Nov. 3
Colorado snow enthusiasts will soon be able to celebrate another ski area opening to the public this week. Loveland Ski Area, which is just outside of Summit County, will open this Thursday, Nov. 3, for its opening day.
Lifts will open at 9 a.m. to begin the 2022-23 season. Lift operating hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run are set to be open this week. Chet’s Dream will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday.
“We have been waiting all summer for this and are excited to announce that Opening Day is finally here,” chief operating officer Rob Goodell said in a news release. “Our snowmaking team has done an incredible job preparing the mountain, and Mother Nature chipped in with some natural snow as well. We hope that’s a sign of things to come and look forward to the start of another great season at Loveland Ski Area.”
Loveland’s first day marks the third in the Summit County area to open for the 2022-2023 ski and ride season. Keystone Resort and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area have already began to welcome skiers and snowboarders to their terrain. On Oct. 31, Winter Park Resort opened its ski areas to guests, as well.
Throughout October, ski areas began snowmaking as temperatures began to drop in Summit County. Loveland began making snow on the Catwalk and Mambo ski runs in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 12. By Oct. 25, Loveland Ski Area had broken out the snowcats for the 2022-23 winter season, and the trail maintenance crew at the ski area started pushing snow on the upper part of the mountain.
Last year, Loveland Ski Area opened on Oct. 30. Earlier in the fall, there were estimates that ski areas were going to open later than usual because of little snowfall and warmer temperatures, but last week’s snow storms gave areas across the state a good push toward getting ready to open — including well over a foot of snow at Loveland. Last week, approximately 16 inches fell over Loveland Ski Area, according to a tweet from the resort.
Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until Closing Day in early May. Early season lift tickets are priced at $99 for adults and $37 for children between 6-14 years old.
“We have great coverage on the upper portion of the mountain,” Goodell added. “We will put the finishing touches on Home Run and around the bottom of Chet’s Dream for Opening Day, then our snowmakers will move on to opening additional terrain as quickly as we can.”
On Thursday, the National Weather Service is expecting more snow to dump across the region, including several inches across the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm will move into the Interstate 70 mountain corridor on Thursday. A slow-moving storm is impacting the Pacific Northwest early this week and will work its way south and east as the week progresses. All major ski areas are expected to get some snowfall as a result of the storm, and ski areas to the south are expected to be hit the hardest.
Chances of snow will begin Wednesday evening in the mountains and continue through Friday, with the highest chances coming Thursday afternoon and evening.
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