Mother Nature helps snow guns in Colorado

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 12, 2010 1:15 pm

Significant snowfall fell through central Colorado on Tuesday to wet the appetite of local skiers. Ski resorts such as Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Loveland proudly posted photos and videos on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. Winter Park Resort reported on its Facebook page that 10 inches of new snow had fallen at mid-mountain.

According to Ryan Whaley of Keystone Resort, the snow at the ski area started at about 7 a.m. and the periods of snowfall lasted until about 11:15 a.m. Whaley said the Keystone ski patrol gave him an unofficial total of 3 inches at the 11,640-foot summit.

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are generally the first two Colorado ski areas to open for the season, but neither resort has set an exact date. Last season, both ski areas opened in October. Keystone and Copper Mountain are both scheduled to open on Nov. 5. Breckenridge plans to open on Nov. 12. Winter Park is slated to open on Nov. 17.

(Photo courtesy of Keystone Resort)