US Ski Area Opening Early for 2018-19 Ski Season

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 12th October 2018

Western North America has had heavy snowfall on its mountains this week with some resorts reporting as much as 70cm of fresh snow and now at least one US ski area is opening early.

High resorts in Colorado including Arapahoe Basin and Loveland (pictured top) have been snowmaking since late September and both report they’re close to opening, however another Colorado resort, Wolf Creek, has made a bid to be the first to open in North America by announcing it will open on Saturday, October 13th.

Wolf Creek (above and bottom image), which has received 68cm of snowfall in 72 hours, had been scheduled to open on November 2nd but will now open weekends only in October, beginning Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.

The resort reports that the Treasure Stoke, Bonanza and Nova lifts will be operating with “very early season conditions” so skiers should be wary of natural obstacles.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland say they are close to being ready to open, but they appear to have ruled out doing so this weekend

The 13th October is the earliest opening of a North American ski area for several years, other than the year-round Timberline snowfield in Oregon.

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