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Loveland Opens This Friday

October 12, 2005

Georgetown, CO - (Press Release) At 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 14th Loveland Ski Area is scheduled to become the first resort in Colorado, as well as the first in the United States, to open with continuous operation for the sixth consecutive season.

"The recent push from mother nature in combination with our snowmaking efforts has enabled Loveland Ski Area to kick off the 05/06 season," said John Sellers, Marketing Director. The opening will be comprised of one 1,000 vertical foot run with top to bottom, side to side coverage. The minimum snow base will vary between 18 and 21 inches.

"The next two days we will be busy grooming the snow we have and making snow at the base and in selected areas," said Mark Abrahamson, Trail Maintenance and Snowmaking Manager, "now it's just a matter of setting up for opening day."

Each year, opening day is a celebration for skiers and snowboarders who have been waiting all summer long to return to the snow-covered mountains. In addition to the open run, a small terrain park will be set up near the base of the mountain for eager jibbers. "It will be a party atmosphere everywhere, but especially at the base where we'll have music, prizes and freebies for lucky spectators and competitors," said Sellers.

Loveland Ski Area is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets cost $38 for adults and $18 for children (ages 6-14). Loveland discounted season passes and '4-Paks' will be available through November 21st, 2005. Season passes and '4-Paks' are available online at www.skiloveland.com, by phone at 1-800-736-3SKI, or at the Denver Ski Expo November 4-6, 2005.

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