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October 14, 2005

2005-06 Season Opens at Loveland

Loveland, CO again starts 2005-06 off by being the first resort in the nation to open. Last year, I skied Loveland twice during the first week of November and they had maybe 10 runs open. All were either blues or greens. I was working for a customer in Denver and instead of flying, I drove from Phoenix and brought my skis. I hit Wolf Creek on the way home. Early season skiing is like eating bone-in buffalo wings. It is kinda messy and it is tough to get completely filled up on it. They make great appetizers, but the full course is so much better. Take the rock skis, not the $1000 pair that you just bought and are aching to try out. (not that I have ever had a $1000 pair of skis)

From the Rocky Mountain News:

Loveland Ski Area expects to win the race to kick off the state's coming ski season, saying there is a "90 percent" likelihood lifts and trails will open Friday morning. Without the 18 inches of snowfall Loveland has received in the past few days, an opening likely would not have happened until a week later, a ski area official said.

Here is some info on the rest of Summit County from the same article:

A storm that began over the weekend dumped snow on many of Colorado's ski slopes. Here's a rundown on how much snow areas had received by midday Monday, along with tentative opening days:
  • Arapahoe Basin 12 inches Oct. 21
  • Beaver Creek 16 inches Nov. 23
  • Breckenridge 30 inches Nov. 11
  • Keystone 17 inches Nov. 11
  • Loveland 18 inches Friday
  • Monarch 10 inches Nov. 23
  • Powderhorn* 6 inches
  • Telluride* 8 inches
  • Vail 13 inches Nov. 18
  • Winter Park 12 inches Nov. 16
*Opening day information not available from these resorts

Good times!

Posted by Justin at October 14, 2005 03:46 PM


It's great to see the ski season get off to an early start. We got in a few turns here in Steamboat Springs up on Buffalo Pass. There was about a foot of snow up top and we took several shuttle runs. It's always nice to get on your skis in October especially when it is a powder day!

Posted by: Steamboat Real at October 15, 2005 10:33 AM