Georgetown, Colo. October 16, 2002 (Loveland Press Release)--Loveland Ski Area in Colorado officially kicks-off the nation's 2002-03 ski and snowboard season Thurs., Oct. 17, at 9:00 a.m. The combination of snowmaking, over 12 inches of natural snow from Mother Nature and winter temperatures helped Loveland and Colorado claim the coveted title of being the first ski area in North America to open for the season.
Opening October 17, starts the 2002-2003 season ahead of the area's projected opening date of Oct. 19. "Loveland is excited to usher in the 2002-2003 season," said Loveland Marketing Director, Kevin Wright. "A long hot summer has Loveland's guests and staff alike itching to get out and make the first turns of the season and our elevation of 13,010 feet allows us to cater to this demand."
Loveland will open with Chair 1 and serve three runs; "Catwalk", "Mambo" and "Home Run." With base depths varying from 10-20 inches, the three runs serve more than a mile and 1,000 vertical feet. 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.
Thanks to cool winter temperatures in the high country, other resorts in Colorado—Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Steamboat—are also making snow. Copper Mountain is scheduled to open Nov. 2. Go to www.coloradoski.com for a complete listing of opening dates for Colorado's 24 ski and snowboard resorts.