Tuesday’s winter weather has resulted in some new ski trail openings for skiers today. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado will open its lower-mountain, intermediate “Ramrod” trail for the season, and neighbor Loveland, CO is opening the intermediate Spillway off the top of the new Chet’s Dream chairlift, reports Summit Daily.
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The opening of Ramrod at A-Basin bumps the ski area’s number of early-season runs up to two, as it joins “High Noon” to provide skiers and riders access to the primary, intermediate lower-mountain runs that service the 719-foot-vertical-rise Black Mountain Express lift from top-to-bottom.
At Loveland, the opening of Spillway brings the ski area’s total number of open runs to four, joining the adjacent beginner runs “Catwalk,” “Mambo” and “Home Run,” also accessed via Chet’s Dream. With the initial opening of those three runs on Saturday, Oct. 20, Loveland opened terrain spanning over a mile in length and containing nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
With the completion of snowmaking to open High Noon and Ramrod, the A-Basin’s attention will now turn to the upper mountain terrain:
“We just had an awesome night of snowmaking,” A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth wrote on his blog on Wednesday. “We received 4” of natural snow and the wet bulb temperature got down to 14F, absolutely ideal snowmaking conditions. Ramrod will open Thursday. The next push is to get Lenawee Mountain Lift open. The snowmakers already have a big jump on Lenawee Traverse, the path from Black Mountain Lodge to the bottom of Lenawee Lift.
In southern Colorado, Wolf Creek, CO made the most of the storm that rolled through, reporting a sweet 16″ of fresh powder. This on top of the foot the previous storm deposited. Although only currently open weekends, it can’t be long until they’re open 7-days. Either way, this weekend at The Creek will be spectacular!