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The race is on

post #1 of 19
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A-Basin threw down the gaunlet today by announcing that they're joining the race to be the first ski area to open for the 03-04 season with their new snowmaking system as the weapon of choice. It's a silly marketing game but it does seem to get people juiced for the season. Does anyone remember who got the honors last season?
post #2 of 19
Timberline. They will also be the first this season, as they are opening on Saturday.

edit: Oops! My bad. Timberline opened late last year. they were beaten by Loveland, who was "officially" first. Silverton had limited skiing for employees in Septemer, but did not open until after Loveland.

Unless A-basin is making snow as I write, they are not in the running.

[ September 10, 2003, 10:54 AM: Message edited by: Harry Morgan ]
post #3 of 19
Harry,
Mother Nature has been making it most of the day today, so the race is still on?
post #4 of 19
Silverton ran chairs today. I believe it was employees only though.
post #5 of 19
T-line opens Saturday with 6 new yesterday. I used up all my sick days so I'm calling in dead.
post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by MrHyak:
Can you really call a resort open that gets a few inches, runs the chairs for a few minutes until the rocks are tearing up the sticks and call that the first day of the season?

IMO, the first day is the first day of continuous operation for the season. Not a brief afternoon on some early season slush.
Looks like some really lousy slush; I wouldn't even call it skiing.

post #7 of 19
Can you really call a resort open that gets a few inches, runs the chairs for a few minutes until the rocks are tearing up the sticks and call that the first day of the season?

IMO, the first day is the first day of continuous operation for the season. Not a brief afternoon on some early season slush.
post #8 of 19
So it looks like Silverton won? This is getting annonying seeing people skiing while out here it's still in the 70's. Oh well, maybe it will get cold enough so my resort can start snow making early.
post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by teledave:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by MrHyak:
Can you really call a resort open that gets a few inches, runs the chairs for a few minutes until the rocks are tearing up the sticks and call that the first day of the season?

IMO, the first day is the first day of continuous operation for the season. Not a brief afternoon on some early season slush.
Looks like some really lousy slush; I wouldn't even call it skiing. </font>[/quote]You know what I mean.....

BTW, where was the picture taken?
post #10 of 19
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!

Best regards,
Bob
post #11 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado:
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!
Especially since Silverton only ran their single chair long enough to get some photos and wasn't even open to the public. They definitely can't call that "First to Open." Maybe they were only going for "First Tracks of the Season" or something more accurate.
post #12 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by endlessseason:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado:
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!
Especially since Silverton only ran their single chair long enough to get some photos and wasn't even open to the public. They definitely can't call that "First to Open." Maybe they were only going for "First Tracks of the Season" or something more accurate.</font>[/quote]My point exactly!
post #13 of 19
This is all great news since I will be in Summit County the 18th of October. Looks like I will set my own record for the earliest track of the year. Look for me at the Basin on the 19th and Loveland on the 20th.

Hey Bob? any chance Copper will be open?
post #14 of 19
Mr. Hyak, Bob Barnes, Endless, et al:
In this day of the snowmaking how are you going to determine who is the first to open continuously? Timberline is open year-round except for a period for lift maintenance so they should always win, with A-Basin joining in with heavy snowmaking they may become year-round as well. Is there a difference between slush skiing on one run that the area just got opened up vs. slush skiing on the same run that has been open since April? If you have to more than crappy skiing open to qualify as "really" being open does my home area ever really open?

Truthfully, I just wanted to thow that Silverton picture because a few (a very select few indeed) were making sweet lift serviced powder turns in CO on September 10 and that is something that wish I had been doing.

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post #15 of 19
No doubt, I would love to have been doing that as well.....but it just has to be put into context. A few turns on temporary snow does not qualify (in my opinion) as "first to open", but more like "first tracks" or something of that sort.

I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where I can drive 45 minutes from my home to year-round snow on a much larger scale then Mt. Hood (Mt. Rainier) so I get a little spoiled, though I do most of my summer hiking on Chinook Pass which usually only lasts til early August.
post #16 of 19
Lars--

I've tossed the newspaper article that listed all the opening dates, but I believe Copper announced November 1 for opening. Barring extraordinary weather, I doubt they'll change that. Looks like you'll have to settle for Loveland and Arapahoe!

Every area in Summit County is scheduled to open by mid-November.

Best regards,
Bob
post #17 of 19
The powers that be at Loveland are projecting opening day to be October 16th. It only takes about two weeks, maybe less with favorable weather, to make enough snow to open for the season. I would guess that A-Basin is targeting the same day or a day earlier.

JIm
post #18 of 19
As far as first tracks of the season it's a tie people were getting runs in at Snowbird and Alta on the 10th not just at Silverton.
post #19 of 19
True:
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