No sooner than A-Basin officials announced that they would be opening this morning at 8:30 a.m., Loveland ski area announced the same thing.
“It was a gentleman’s agreement between the two GM’s, so, we are basically calling it a tie,”
A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer said.Loveland will open its Chair 1 lift and one run, linking Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. It is offering an 18-inch base with tree-to-tree coverage.
“It’s very exciting to be the first place in the country to open and get the chairlifts running,” said Dustin Schaefer, the group-sales coordinator for Loveland.
“We are going to offer some great early-season skiing and snowboarding. There is no need to bring out rock skis. You can bring good skis out.
”The cold temperatures over the past few days allowed Loveland to run its snowmaking guns around the clock, Schaefer said, matching A-Basin flake for flake.
Loveland’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost for a pass will be $44 for adults and $21 for children ages 6-14.
A-Basin will open its intermediate High Noon run and part of the High Divide terrain park. Costs for A-Basin tickets will be $49 for adults, $44 for youths ages 15-19 and $25 for children ages 6-14.