October 14, 2005
Georgetown, CO - "Spectacular." "Bodacious." "Refreshing." "Overall, a great first day!" These are the words skiers and snowboarders used as they anxiously waited for Loveland Ski Area to rev-up the chairlift for the season's first day. A recent storm provided some 18-inches of snow and with a little help from snowmaking machines, led to Loveland's early opening, making it the first resort to open in North America for the sixth consecutive year.
The early opening day caught many skiers and snowboarders off-guard. Ben Garfield of Denver, CO called the day "surprising" having heard the news the previous night. But that didn't stop Garfield and hundreds of others from making last-minute plans to ride fresh slopes under blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Many riders took the day off from work to embrace a long weekend of skiing. "I may have to leave a little early," said snowboarder Chris Sigg of Copper Mountain, Colorado, who decided to take a morning break from his job.
"Everyone's having a great time up here, and the exhilaration of skiing on the first day, before Halloween no less, is unbelievable," said Rob Perlman, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country, USA. "I'm always amazed at the quality of the snow on opening day here at Loveland. They have done a fantastic job utilizing the recent natural snowfall and preparing the slopes with grooming and snowmaking."
The success of Loveland's first day of operation has skiers and snowboarders everywhere psyched to start what they hope will be a great season. Arapahoe Basin, CO will open Friday, October 21. Click on the slideshow below to check out all the excitement at Loveland's opening day.