(Georgetown, CO - October 16, 2002) Loveland Ski Area officially kicked off the nation's ski and snowboard season Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. A boost from mother nature in the form of over 12 inches of natural snow and cooler temperatures will help Loveland Ski Area claim the coveted title of being the first ski area in North America to open for the season.
"Loveland is excited to usher in the 02-03 season. A long hot summer has Loveland's guests and staff alike itching to get out and make the first turns of the season and our elevation allows us to cater to this demand," explained Loveland Marketing Director, Kevin Wright. Opening October 17th starts the 02-03 season ahead of the area's projected opening date of October 19th. "Being able to offer a quality product ahead of schedule is a great way to start the season," said Wright.
Loveland opened with chairlift #1 serving "Catwalk", "Mambo" and "Home Run." Base depths will vary 10 to 20 inches. Snowmaking efforts will continue and the resort will open additional terrain as soon as possible.