Ski season starts with Loveland opening

9:19 AM, Oct 25, 2010   |    comments
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Resort spokesman John Sellers says one run opened at 9 a.m. on Sunday with an 18-inch base.

"Everyone has been chomping at the bit and getting anxious for opening day so we are glad that Loveland is the place where they can make the first turns of the season," Sellers told 9NEWS.

Sellers says the resort got 8 inches of natural snow in the past 48 hours to boost manufactured snow.

The first chair of the season headed up at 9 a.m., and was taken by Nate Dogggg and his friends, who have had first chair 16 years running.

"You have to come out here months in advance, you have to come out here weeks in advance, you have to come here four days in advance and just post up and say, 'I'm here in the parking lot Wednesday at noon. No one is taking my first chair - it's ours,'" Dogggg said.

Sellers says a lot of people turned out for opening day, but he didn't have specifics.

"It has probably been at least ten years since we have had an opening day fall on the weekend, but it's at the point were we are trying to open as fast as we can. It happened to be a Sunday [this year] so we are ready to go," Sellers said.

It's the second straight year that Loveland was the first Colorado resort to open for the season. Arapahoe Basin plans to open on Monday at 9 a.m.

Last year, when the fall was cooler, Loveland was the first to open on Oct. 7 - a Thursday. Loveland won the opening day race for seven seasons in a row, from 1999 to 2005, according to Colorado Ski Country USA. Arapahoe Basin opened first for both the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and both resorts tied for opening day in 2008.

Loveland wasn't the first ski area in the country to open up - Sunday River in Maine opened on Friday but wasn't planning to be open on weekdays yet and Oregon's Timberline Lodge has been open Fridays through Sundays since Oct. 1.

For a list of the opening days for other ski resorts in Colorado, click here.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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