SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado ski resorts are racing to be the first to open for the season.

The annual countdown is on in the high country, and despite some warmer weather this week there is excitement among skiers and boarders they they be able to start riding the lifts soon.

Last year, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area both opened on Oct. 29. Those two high-elevation resort typically are the first to open and last to close among Colorado’s ski areas.

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Snowmaking at Loveland on Thursday (credit: CBS)

This week, Loveland’s snowmaking efforts have dwindled somewhat with the higher temperatures but they are looking at ramping up the snow guns when a cold front moves in early next week.

A spokesman for A Basin said the resort has managed to cover one run entirely with snow with their snow guns. They are now on a 24 notice to be able to open up.

“We’re actually pretty close to getting this place open. We don’t have an opening date yet, but we’re on 24 hour notice now, so each night could make the difference,” he said. “Early next week it looks like we’ve got some great snowmaking weather coming.”

Copper Mountain and Breckenridge have also gotten their snowmaking guns going.


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