For most of the last 20-years, the first resort to open in North America has been one of either Loveland or Arapahoe Basin, CO. Yesterday Wolf Creek, also Colorado, threw a curveball and announced that due to all the recent snow, they would start their lifts turning on Saturday, and will open weekends going forward.
We’ve all waited with bated breath for a response from either Loveland or A-Basin, whether their snowmaking and natural snowfall would enable them to raise Wolf Creek, and open on Friday. A blog post this morning from Alan Henceroth, COO of A-Basin declares them out of the #RaceToOpen, whilst also congratulating Wolf Creek… over to you, Loveland.
About Opening at Arapahoe Basin
The last three days have been tremendous. We have made lots of snow and Mother Nature has delivered lots of natural snow. This storm has been a winner for us in another way. It is still early Fall. The sun will come out again and much of the snow of South facing slopes will melt. That increases the streamflow making more water available for snowmaking. All the way around, this has been a great weather event for us.
Regarding opening, it is still a little too early to call. The forecast is very encouraging. When you start seeing snowcats on the hill, that is a good sign we are getting close. As soon as I know when we are going to open, I will let you guys when we are going to open.
For now, go enjoy a weekend of skiing at Wolf Creek (kudos to those guys). Stay tuned for details on our opening.