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Ski today! Yes, today.

Ski today! Yes, today.

[ Tue, 2009-10-06 19:36 ]
Loveland Opening Day 2009
Making snow and history, Loveland, Colo., opened this morning. Ski Las Vegas (Las Vegas!) also opened. A-Basin joins the club on Friday

Are you ready for ski season? You'd better be: It's here. Boasting its earliest opening day in 40 years, Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area opened this morning, becoming the first ski resort in North America to do so for the 2009-10 season. How about skiing at Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort? Bet on it. Less than an hour from the Vegas strip, Las Vegas resort opened beginner terrain this morning, a full seven weeks before its targeted opening day. Arapahoe Basin, just over the Continental Divide from Loveland, announced it would open Friday, the earliest opening in that resort's history. (Loveland and A-Basin have an informal annual race to be the first resort open in the country.) Cold temps in Colorado since mid-September have made snowmaking easier, and some recent storms were enough to push opening day a week earlier than last year for both resorts.

At Loveland, skiers and snowboarders have access to a top-to-bottom run consisting of 1,000 vertical feet via Chair 1. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun make up this opening day run, which is over a mile in length. Loveland's regular operating hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 to 4:00 on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $44 for adults and $21 for children ages 6-14.

At A-Basin, meanwhile, the Exhibition chairlift will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Friday and plop them atop an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run along with six features in the High Divide Terrain Park. (There will be no beginner skiing.) Early season passes are $49 for adults, and $25 for kids 6–14.