While it counts in the publicity department either way, I think the real honor--and the one Loveland and Arapahoe (and usually in the past, Keystone) are competing for--is to be the first resort open FOR THE SEASON. If you open and then have to close again, it doesn't count!
Keystone and Loveland have been the traditional rivals here in Colorado for many years. More often than not, they'd open on the same day, but Keystone would fire up the night skiing lights and open before dawn, taking the honors by a few precious hours!
I wonder why Keystone has dropped out of the running this year, with their announced opening date of November 14. Maybe they're trying to pull a fast one, catching their competition off guard! Or maybe they've just given up, as they seem to have done in so many other ways, unfortunately.
Meanwhile, I think A-Basin could have probably opened their upper lifts TODAY and skied off the top, with all the snow it looks like is up there!
October is just next month!