The Race to Open: Episode One - Ski Mag

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The Race to Open: Episode Two

Take a tour of the Loveland and A-Basin snowmaking operations and see where the resorts stand in being the first to open.

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The Race is On

Each year, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin race to be the first resort open in the country. The Colorado resorts are neck and neck, though. Here are some photos and updates on their progress. Have you placed your bet?

For the story on opening day, click here.

Opening Day

A look at Loveland's opening day.

You can read more about the expansion here.

Sugarloaf Opens Brackett Basin

Yesterday, Sugarloaf opened Brackett Basin, the first phase of their sidecountry expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain. Ten inches of new snow gave them enough coverage to open the upper glades. Here's what it looks like.

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The 2008-2009 Ski Season is OPEN

The action started at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Areas Wednesday as riders got their first turns of the season.

Loveland Ski Area was the first resort to open in Colorado, and the first to stay open continuously for the season.  The snowboarders who got first chair showed up at midnight and started waiting in line before 5 a.m.Check out video from opening day.

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Ski season is officially on. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are open full time and Sunday River is open on weekends. Check out photos and video from opening weekend.

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Copper Mountain and Keystone Open for the Season

Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort opened on November 5th. Arapahoe Basin also had top-to-bottom skiing by opening terrain under Norway lift.