In its 81 years of operation, Loveland Ski Area, CO has never received as much early season snow as it is enjoying right now. Through Monday morning, they had received 81 inches this season, nearly double the 44 it had at this point last year, and beating its previous record of 80 inches by this date, set in 1995.
“We’re rocking and rolling,” said Loveland spokesman Dustin Schaefer. “Amazing early season conditions. It’s been pretty busy. We’ve got race clubs from all over the world training here.”
Loveland opened two more lifts over the weekend, and three other Colorado areas announced early openings on Monday. Vail, Beaver Creek, and Monarch will all be taking advantage of the early season conditions by opening early. It will be Monarch’s earliest opening in more than 20 years.
Because temperatures have been below normal, snowmakers have been at work 24/7. Loveland currently has 18 trails open, including some expert terrain that is rarely open this time of year. Winter Park will open tomorrow, 14th November, and Copper Mountain will start its lifts on Friday as scheduled.
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Winter Park spokesman Steve Hurlbert said he expects to learn later today how much terrain that resort will have in operation when it opens.
“We’ve gotten 42 inches up here in the last two weeks,” Hurlbert said, “so I’m thinking it’ll be much better than years past.”