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#RaceToOpen Kicks Off In Earnest This Week

Arapahoe Basin made snow last week. (Basin Cam)

October has arrived, and with it comes the annual #RaceToOpen between Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin, which has claimed the crown outright the past two years.

Both ski areas, nestled high atop the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rockies, fired up the snowmaking systems to test everything out last week.

“We have now ‘exercised’ all of the equipment on High Noon,” noted Arapahoe Basin COO Alan Henceroth in his blog post on Sept. 25. “With a wet bulb of 22 F, the temperature was colder than we expected. This was a bona fide snowmaking session. Looking at the forecast, we are going to see some warming weather. That said, when the next cold temperatures come around, we are ready.”

The next round of cold temperatures is forecasted to arrive later this week, according to the SnoCountry SnoCast.

A “powerful system moves in by Sunday and Monday- this storm holds BIG potential to coat many western mountains with their first snow of the season,” noted SnoCountry.com meteorologist Steve Glazier in his weekly blog post.

In addition to beating out Loveland the past two years, Arapahoe basin has traditionally been the first ski area to open – and remain open – eight of the past 15 years. And while cold temperatures usually favor both Colorado areas, Vermont’s Killington Resort and Maine’s Sunday River both reign supreme when it comes to snowmaking firepower. However, based on the current forecast, the #racetoopen looks like a two-up sprint between A-Basin and Loveland with the nighttime temperature dipping into the low to mid-20s into the weekend, while Killington and Sunday River continue to hold steady with temperatures well above freezing over the next 10 days.

Stay tuned to SnoCountry.com for resort openings, and progress in the #RaceToOpen.

Weather model forecast through Tuesday shows snow digging in for many western mountains. (pivotalweather.com)


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