By Jennifer McRae

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4)– Loveland Ski Area is getting ready to welcome skiers and boarders for the season. The ski area will fire up the chairlifts on Saturday.

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Parker the Snow Dog helped Loveland with the big announcement.

Loveland is the third ski area in Colorado to open after Arapahoe Basin and Wolf Creek which opened earlier this month.

(credit: Loveland Ski Area)

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Last year, Loveland opened on Nov. 11. It is typically one of the first Colorado ski areas to open each year.

(credit: Loveland Ski)

On Saturday, skiers and snowboarders enjoyed one top-to-bottom run with an 18-inch base.

Loveland’s snowmaking team will work on opening the Spillway and Richard’s Run next.

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Jennifer McRae