Denver’s weather may have broken heat records recently, but one of the first signs of the changing season has finally arrived.
A few of Colorado’s ski resorts got their first dusting of snow Thursday, according to their excited social media accounts, and those resorts are now testing out snow-making equipment.
“We weren’t joking, it’s really snowing on the summit,” Arapahoe Basin tweeted.
“Let the snow dances begin!” chimed in Copper Mountain.
We weren’t joking, it’s really snowing. #COwx #ABasin #TheLegend pic.twitter.com/cKRAkinWkt
— Arapahoe Basin (@Arapahoe_Basin) September 15, 2022
It’s about that time ❄️ We received our first dusting at the top of Excelerator this morning – let the snow dances begin! pic.twitter.com/QIBrBTInaL
— Copper Mountain (@CopperMtn) September 15, 2022
Loveland Ski Area – September 15, 2022
Photo @DustinSchaefer pic.twitter.com/VZnQaoCaY3
— Loveland Ski Area (@LovelandSkiArea) September 15, 2022
Skiers and snowboarders know that means the race is officially on to see which Front Range ski area will be the first to open. Over the last decade, the average date for the first day of skiing in Colorado has been Oct. 22, reports The Denver Post’s John Meyer.
Last year, Wolf Creek was the first to crank up the lifts, opening on Oct. 16. Arapahoe Basin opened the next day, while Keystone opened on Oct. 22 and Loveland on Oct. 30.
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