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Snowmaking Starts up at Loveland

Snowmaking Starts up at Loveland

posted: 01/01/2000

Georgetown, CO Sept. 22--It's snow time! Loveland Ski Area in Colorado will begin making snow this Friday, September 24, due to a recent cold front that has hit the region.

Overnight lows in the 20's and several inches of snow in the higher elevations, have combined to create the ideal conditions needed for Loveland to fire up their new "Lenko-Original Snow" fully automated snow guns. "For the past two weeks or so, the nighttime temperatures have been hovering around the freezing level," said Kevin Wright of Loveland Ski Area. "We hope the temperatures stay around freezing so we can make as much snow as possible."

The six new snow guns are capable of making 25-percent more snow than a conventional gun using the same amount of water. The guns are computer controlled, so they can run without human assistance. The guns turn on-and-off and adjust both water and air pressure levels in response to the outside temperature and humidity.

"We think the new guns will increase our snowmaking capability," continued Wright. "With the perfect weather conditions and the guns producing more snow, we hope to open up earlier with more snow than usual."

Last year, Loveland opened in the third week of October, with a base of about a foot. This year, Loveland hopes to open in the first or second week in October with a deeper base.

The ski area will offer their discounted season passes until opening day, so call 800-736-3SKI for more information.

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