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Steamboat Resort to start snowmaking Nov. 1

Matt Stensland
Steamboat Pilot & Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Though both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas have announced they will open this weekend, it will likely be a couple more weeks before Steamboat Resort cranks up the snowguns.

Overnight temperatures have been cold enough recently to make snow, but with a warming trend this week, there is a chance that any snow made would melt away. High temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to be in the 50s.

Overnight lows are expected to be in the 20s.

The ski area tested a snowgun Monday.

The ideal weather for artificial snowmaking begins at 19 degrees with low humidity, but production can be done with temperatures as high as 22 degrees.

Steamboat Resort spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said the resort's snowmaking employees do not start work until Oct. 22, and then they need to get trained.

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"That's why we've targeted Nov. 1 to start snowmaking," Kasten said.

The resort will then have three weeks to make snow leading up to the Nov. 21 opening day.

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