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Loveland Ski Area Opening Day

Loveland Ski Area Opening Day

[ October 7, 2009 - 6:36pm ]
A reminder that it's still October.
Loveland Ski Area is the first resort to open this season. And we were there.

Skiing in America officially started today when, at 9:07 a.m., the first riders loaded the chair at Loveland. Didn’t know that it was going to open? Neither did most people, including the folks at Loveland. “I didn’t find out until 2 p.m. yesterday,” said ski patroller Nick Regester.

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We interns at Skiing magazine found out about the same time yesterday that we would be skiing today. Shortly after, we collectively began the over-excited jumping and a general wetting of the pants typically reserved for 13-year-old girls at a Taylor Swift concert.

Favorable weather and an experienced snow-making crew from New Zealand helped make the early opening possible. “Mother nature has been treating us really well,” said Duncan Maxwell, events coordinator at Loveland. “It’s really weather dependent. If we have enough snow, we’ll open.” This marked one of Loveland’s earliest openings since they started making snow in 1969.

When we showed up at Loveland this morning, everyone else was just as pumped as we were. “The first day of skiing is like the first day of school,” said avalanche forecaster Halsted Morris, who we found high-fiving in the lift line. Skiers and riders alike were sporting their new steeze, even busting out rockered skis for the occasion.

As the first chair loaded, the 40 or so people waiting to make their first turns of the season let up a collective cheer. Folks from Colorado Ski Country handed out powdered doughnuts as people soaked up the bright morning sun and a general sense of revelry prevailed. “I love it here, this is probably my 10th or 11th opening day,” said Carl Parks, a Golden native on his 49th consecutive month of skiing. 

Up on the mountain, one run was open, complete with a two-feature terrain park. “I got some rad turns up there,” said Pioter Teterwak who skipped school in Colorado Springs to make turns.

Sure, we were technically ‘working’ to cover the opening day, but skiing a bluebird day on October 7th made us feel just as sneaky as our bro Pioter. 

Up ahead, we’re looking forward to A-Basin’s opening this Friday. Bring doughnuts. 

-Jake Davis & Heather Hansman

Photos: Margaret Page

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