23rd October 2022
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is out of the blocks and has fires up its first lift on Sunday. Other resorts in the area may open some slopes next weekend. NEW
It is only one lift and one run, but it is a start.
The resort made the announcement on social media.
It has been making snow across much of this month with the first cannons fired up on October 9th as the temperatures fell.
“We are getting closer by the day,” A-Basin marketing director, Jesse True, hinted last week.
“We’re going to open as soon as we possibly can.”
Here at PlanetSKI we’ll be updating this article later as we hear from those making their first turns of the winter.
Keystone and Loveland have also been making snow, but the conditions are not there for some slopes to open.
The snow news has not been such good in Europe this autumn after a promising start.
A number of glacier areas are open, but warm temperatures have hit the snowpack hard in places.
The first downhill races of the season, from Zermatt in Switzerland to Cervinia in Italy, have been called off due to not enough snow on the lower section of the course.
In Soelden in Austria the first women’s GS race was cancelled on Saturday, but the men’s race was able to take place on Sunday.