Loveland Officially Kicks Off the Nation's Ski Season

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GEORGETOWN, CO Oct. 28, 2003 (CSCUSA)--Today, the first skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes at Loveland Ski Area CO, to officially kick-off the ski and snowboard season.

Snowmaking and winter temperatures helped Loveland Ski Area claim the coveted title of being the first ski area in North America to open for continued business for the 2003-2004 season.

As usual, enthusiastic skiers and riders filled the Loveland parking lot hours before the first lift, some even camping out the night before.

"There is so much excitement in the air as Loveland's guests and staff alike wait in anticipation for the first chair of the season," said Loveland Marketing Director, Kevin Wright. "Skiers and boarders are itching to get out and make their first turns and our elevation of 13,010 feet allows us to cater to this demand."

Loveland will open with chairlift Number One, which serves three runs: "Catwalk," "Mambo" and "Homerun." There will be top-to-bottom skiing and riding on more than a mile-long run, dropping 1,000 vertical feet. Base depths will vary from 10-20 inches. Snowmaking efforts will open additional terrain as soon as possible. Loveland's web site, www.skiloveland.com provides daily updates on snowmaking progress and trail openings.

Arapahoe Basin has been Loveland's top competitor in the race to open. With 100 percent of their new snowmaking technology operational this year, they fired up their snow guns in late September in order to be a contender in the race to open first. Arapahoe Basin will have its earliest opening ever, scheduled to open by Oct. 31.

Thanks to cool winter temperatures in the high country, other resorts in Colorado—Copper Mountain, Keystone, Winter Park and Steamboat—are also making snow and plan to open in the next couple weeks. Go to www.coloradoski.com for a complete listing of opening dates for Colorado's 24 ski and snowboard resorts.