Saturday, October 14, 2006

Day 1, Day 2

(AP photo from A-Basin on opening day)

Well, it was Day One of the season at Loveland and Day two for A-Basin.

And word is that while we aren't talking feet of snow, there was enough for a few decent, albeit limited, rides.

Hey, if you went up to ride, drop us a line! After the first run, was it T-shirts? How many runs did you get in? How good was the brew afterward?

A-Basin became the nation’s first ski area to open for the season Friday, offering man-made snow on a single run and its terrain park.

“The snow is basically beautiful. There’s no bald spots anywhere, which actually really surprised us,” said Chris Salturelli, a skier from Denver who was doubly anxious to hit the slopes because he lost last season to a blown knee.

Snowboarder Andrew Lawrence, who moved to Denver from the East Coast this year, added: “It is wonderful to get such an early start on the season.”

It was the first time in seven years that Loveland wasn’t the first area to open for continuous operation.

Check out more photos here.

Copper Mountain has been making snow and is scheduled to open Nov. 3.

What about the rest of the country? AP reports Mammoth Mountain in California is scheduled to open Nov. 9. Alta in Utah is shooting for Nov. 16.
Killington, in Vermont, won't even begin making snow for at least 10 days. (Don't know if any of that storm that walloped Buffalo, NY, also hit that area.)

Look further down the blog for reports on other opening days across Colorado or check out Colorado Ski Country USA.

And word is tomorrow's the last day to get a bunch of the ski pass deals, so hop on it!

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