(CBS4) — Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Resort both fired up their snow guns Wednesday morning — with both hoping to be the first Colorado ski resort to open for the season. A-Basin started making snow at 5:15 a.m. on the High Noon intermediate run.
A-Basin officials said the resort uses 24 energy-efficient fan guns plus several low-energy stick guns on 125 acres.
Keystone confirmed to the Denver Post that it also started making snow on Wednesday.
Last year, A-Basin was the first resort to open in Colorado — on Oct. 19 — and didn’t close for the season until July 4. The last time the resort was able to stay open until Independence Day was back in 2011.
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A-Basin has not announced this year’s opening date and it won’t be announced until shortly before it happens, but the Basin always aims for mid-October.
“For the first time since 2001, Keystone aims to get back in the running with Arapahoe Basin and Loveland to become the first Colorado ski area to open for the season,” the Post reported.
Keystone resort management says the goal is to compete with A-Basin for early and late-season skier days. Keystone hasn’t been the first Front Range ski area to open since 1997, and it hasn’t opened in October since 2001.
Loveland tested its snowguns overnight and plans to begin making snow Wednesday night.
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