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Is Loveland Ski Area for real?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I know the race to be the first to open is always a big deal between Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, but Loveland's count down clock is ticking down and is less than a week.......seriously?

 

With the warm, dry conditions, which has sparked wildfires, I can't imagine opening in September, and I have a pretty good imagination!

http://www.skiloveland.com/

 

If they can do it, more power to 'em!

 

post #2 of 10

The countdown is for snowmaking, not opening.

post #3 of 10

I thought the same too.  It would be awesome and things are definitely cooling down but we are still have way too many hot days.  I'm not a snowmaker but if they can lay it down at night and it's ok in the 50+ temps in the day more power to them.  I'm already anxious to get on the slopes.

post #4 of 10

The ground han't frozen at the base. I don't know if that is required, but it would seem desireable.

 

Loveland is great. Its the best ski area thousands drive by every weekend to get to the Basin, VR and Copper.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

The countdown is for snowmaking, not opening.


Well Duh!  I just can't imagine having desirable temps there to make snow when there is a wild fire a short distance away. 

 

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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

The ground han't frozen at the base. I don't know if that is required, but it would seem desireable.

 

Loveland is great. Its the best ski area thousands drive by every weekend to get to the Basin, VR and Copper.

I agree on all accounts.  Love Loveland!

 

But Dry, Windy and Warm aren't conditions that come to mind as being optimal for snow making...
 

post #6 of 10

Just checked.  Their night time temps are only in the mid to high 30s.  Not even freezing yet so I'm guessing nothing going on though hopefully soon.

post #7 of 10


Sorry, you said you couldn't imagine them opening in September, so I misunderstood. :-)

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Well Duh!  I just can't imagine having desirable temps there to make snow when there is a wild fire a short distance away. 
 

post #8 of 10

Boulder is only a short distance, but a long way away from Loveland Ski Area and Summit County.

 

We have had hard freezes in Summit lately and the mercury has been in the 20s.

 

I had to remove ice from my boat in Friso on Sunday when I went sailing.

 

The guns will be firing up soon!

post #9 of 10

The countdown is to the earliest date that they will blow snow, conditions being favorable.  Last year, despite the successful early opening, the countdown ran out well before they actually blew snow. 

 

According to the local weather station ( http://www.skiloveland.com/themountain/reports/live.aspx ) at the top of chair 1, it hasn't gotten cool enough yet to chill the ground and blowing snow on warm soil is a no no.  You need several cold days to lower the soil temp and then several nights with wet bulb temp south of about 27F to make snow in order to open.  Remember also that Loveland and A-basin have fewer guns than you have fingers and toes and fairly limited water supplies -- quite different from areas that run a couple hundred guns at once to open.

 

Cross your fingers and hope for a nice blast of arctic air so that they and a-basin can open early!

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post


Sorry, you said you couldn't imagine them opening in September, so I misunderstood. :-)

Oof, you're right.

My OP does imply that, doesn't it?

 

I realize that they start preparing to open and the rumor is that they are trying to open by the end of September or first of October, which still seems like its early considering the current climate. 

But it is mosdef stoke worthy to watch the clock 
 

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