DENVER, CO, Oct. 27, 2003--As temperatures tumble, snow is starting to fly around North America from both Mother Nature and snowguns. Here is our roundup of the resorts that hope to open sometime soon.
The first resort to open for the year is Loveland which fires lifts up Tuesday, October 28. Skiers can enjoy 1,000 vertical feet off of Chair One with a catwalk into Mambo into Homerun. Snow making efforts will continue and more runs will open as weather permits.
Lake Louise, Alberta:
Starting the season with a three-foot dump of natural snow, gives Lake Louise a perfect base to kick-start the ski season. In addition, temperatures are dropping and Lake Louise has upgraded their snowmaking system with 75 new snow guns to produce 40 percent more snow than previous seasons. Lake Louise is set to open on November 7, 2003.
Arapahoe Basin, CO
With colder temperatures in the mountains, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has had a few powerful nights of snowmaking. The snowmaking crew has been working countless hours to cover the High Noon run with enough snow to open soon for skiing and riding. On Monday, Oct. 27, snowcats will start shaping the snow on the run. The ski area will announce an opening day as soon as a quality product is produced.
Copper plans to open on Saturday, November 1. Copperopolis (under the Excelerator Lift) is open for race teams as of Friday, October 24. The temperatures started cooling down a lot this weekend, so the snowmaking team is now able to make much more snow. For opening day, Ptarmigan will be open to the public.
Park City, UT
Park City Mountain Resort fired up its snowmaking machines overnight to blanket the Eagle Race Arena with a foot of snow. "We had an excellent night of snowmaking, with temperatures dropping below freezing by 9 p.m.," said Brian Suhadolc, senior manager of slope maintenance for Park City Mountain Resort. The Resort's season is scheduled to kick off Friday, November 21.