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Opening dates for Love and A-basin

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Just browsing around and can't seem to find them. I know they make all snow the first couple weeks and my first weekend trip is planned for mid November(summit county resorts) but how about Loveland and A basin.
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They'll both open when they can get a WROD open. Could be Oct, could be November. Loveland won't open unless they can get at least a foot of snow on their WROD. They can both set dates but that doesn't necessarily mean they will open then.
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Here's the early white stuff on the ribbon line for last year. We plan to hike the sites again on or about the same time this year and hope for identical pictures...just a few more weeks

Betsy peers up the gun line at A-Basin:


A view from a perch higher up hwy 6:


Pointing up chair 2 line at Loveland's white starter patches:
post #4 of 14
Loveland is supposed to start making snow in just over 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure neither post opening dates as they race each other for the first of the season. The last two seasons it's been mid-October.

Don, looking forward to your pics in a couple of weeks!
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Anyone else notice all the work on the parking lots at the Basin? I was by a week ago and it looks like the pedestrian tunnel under the road will be there soon. No more Frogger from the upper lots.
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I haven't driven by but knew it was happening, thank goodness! It was sorely needed along with the extra parking spaces. Although given the natural incline I wonder how they'll deal with melting snow creating an ice rink in an always shaded tunnel?
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...Although given the natural incline I wonder how they'll deal with melting snow creating an ice rink in an always shaded tunnel?
…Like Loveland’s “tunnel of doom” shortcut under I-70 connecting the horseshoe between lower 8 and the Lodge...
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I heard AUGUST
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I heard AUGUST
I'm betting on COskigirl (mid-October)...I heard that the forest service lets them start making snow at the beginning of fall...
post #10 of 14
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This raises another question for a noob. My first trip out was going to be sometime in late to mid november to the Summit resorts. What kind of snow should I expect.(this will be the earliest I have ever been out). I have always been sometime in late December when everything gets rolling. Are the big resorts going to only have the fake snow runs open or is there going to be most everything open with the exception of some of the upper bowls?
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you never know- you might get lucky!

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This raises another question for a noob. My first trip out was going to be sometime in late to mid november to the Summit resorts. What kind of snow should I expect.(this will be the earliest I have ever been out). I have always been sometime in late December when everything gets rolling. Are the big resorts going to only have the fake snow runs open or is there going to be most everything open with the exception of some of the upper bowls?
Oct. 30, 2006, Loveland

Nov 20, 2005, Breckenridge (Peak 8)


Of course the upper mountain will not have adequate depth to open the steep terrain, but there should be skiing on real snow by then IF we have a good early snowfall.
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I haven't driven by but knew it was happening, thank goodness! It was sorely needed along with the extra parking spaces. Although given the natural incline I wonder how they'll deal with melting snow creating an ice rink in an always shaded tunnel?
I don't think it's too tricky to heat a short section of pavement like that? It seems like a lot of new construction in the mountains has heated pavements.
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I don't think it's too tricky to heat a short section of pavement like that? It seems like a lot of new construction in the mountains has heated pavements.
I don't know, maybe. But it is Abasin and I'd imagine that they would have had to run utilities out from the base area which can't be cheap. You may be right though.

As far as conditions, if it's like last year it won't be good. If it's like the year before you'll be golden. Way too hard to predict.
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Last year we began skiing at Loveland on October 22 (about a week after opening).

The snow was suprisingly good. It was just two runs down Chair #1, but with good packed-powder conditions. I used my regular skis with no worries.

A few weeks later, after the base was worn, things got a bit more sketchy.

Regarding heating the tunnel at A-Basin, I can't imagine it's a problem. Vail Resorts owns 49% of A-Basin. They have money.

Loveland's a different story. No Daddy Warbucks there.
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