Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Vail, CO Begin Making Snow for Real | The #RaceToOpen is On

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It’s on! Snowmaking at Loveland yesterday, October 12th 2020. Credit: Loveland

Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Vail Resorts in Colorado have all taken advantage of cooler temperatures and the few inches of snow that fell yesterday by firing up their snow guns for real.

“The natural snowfall mostly stopped by early evening yesterday. The temperature dropped with an overnight wet-bulb low of 15 F. The snowmakers had all the fan guns spinning. Most of the guns are still running now. We are not sure how warm the day will be, but tonight looks cold again. Our earlier snowmaking efforts were mostly for testing and training. Last night was the real deal.”

Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO

A-Basin had their guns firing last week, but only for testing purposes. But as temperatures dropped, snowmaking has begun in earnest in anticipation of an approaching opening day.

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Snowmaking for real at A-Basin on 12th October 2020. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

Loveland shared yesterday that they too have begun making snow. The gauntlet has been thrown!

Here we go. Snowmaking guns are on! #racetoopen#winteriscoming

Loveland Ski Area

Vail also fired up their guns yesterday and is still targetting a November 20th opening day.

Last year, Arapahoe Basin opened on October 11th, just beating Keystone who thought they’d won the #RaceToOpen when they announced they were opening on October 12th.

  • 19/20: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 11th
  • 18/19: Wolf Creek, Colorado – October 13th
  • 17/18: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 13th
  • 16/17: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 21st
  • 15/16: Killington, Vermont – October 18th
  • 14/15: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 17th
  • 13/14: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 13th
  • 12/13: Wild Mountain, Minnesota – October 18th
  • 11/12: Wolf Creek, Colorado – October 11th
  • 10/11: Sunday River, Maine – October 23rd
  • 09/10: Loveland, Colorado – October 6th
  • 08/09: Loveland, Colorado – October 7th
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Looking a lot like winter, October 12th 2020. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

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