Loveland Ski Area will be the first ski area in North America to open for the 2009-2010 ski season when Chair 1 starts turning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, October 7. This will mark the earliest opening for Loveland in 40 years.
Loveland Ski Area started making snow on September 21, 2009."We took advantage of the cold temperatures and got an early start making snow this year. Those extra days paid off and we are opening a week earlier than last season", says Eric Johnstone, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. "Now we can move some equipment to other trails and try to open more terrain as quickly as possible".
For the first turns of the season, skiers and snowboarders will have access to a top-to-bottom run consisting of 1,000 vertical feet via Chair 1. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun make up this opening day run, which is over a mile in length.
Loveland is located just 53 miles from Denver (Colorado). With an average of 400 inches (10 metres) of snow a year, Loveland is typically one of the first ski areas in the nation to open, in mid to late October, and one of the last to close in early May. Loveland Ski Area provides skiers and riders with 1,365 acres of diverse terrain, including a naturally separated beginners area located in Loveland Valley, and open, steep and deep bowls high atop the Continental Divide on "The Ridge".