A winter storm that dumped huge amounts of snow in the Lake Tahoe area earlier this week was headed into Colorado Wednesday evening, promising to coat the state’s ski resorts with at least a few inches of fresh snow Wednesday evening through early Friday morning.
That’s welcoming news for Colorado’s ski industry as it looks to bounce back from one of the warmest, driest winters on record last season. Two Colorado resorts – Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin – are already open for the 2012/13 season, and three more – Keystone, Wolf Creek and Copper Mountain – will join the fray on Friday, November 2.
Forecasters are calling for 3-6 inches of snow at the ski areas along Interstate 70 and north beginning at about 7pm Wednesday. A few more inches could then fall on most resorts by the early morning hours Friday, according to www.Opensnow.com.
A couple of hundred lucky Copper Mountain season pass holders will get a chance to preview the product a week from now on Halloween, as Copper opens up its U.S. Ski Team Speed Center for VIP tours and lunch with members of the U.S. squad. They’ll be fresh from the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, this weekend, where both men and women race giant slalom October 27-28.
Copper Mountain season pass holders can enter to win a chance at the special October 31 VIP preview on Copper’s Facebook page until Friday, October 26.
Snowmaking crews at Vail, which doesn’t open to the public until Friday, November 16, have been working hard to get Golden Peak online for U.S. Ski Team training as soon as the squad returns from Soelden. The latest storm could help provide much-needed natural snow and significantly lower temperatures ideal for snowmaking.