The Race to Open: Episode One - Ski Mag

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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?

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.

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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The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.