Looking to cure a case of the Mondays? Well look no further than Colorado as Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area both fired up their snow guns this week in anticipation of some natural snowfall later this week.
And while the exercise is purely for maintenance reasons, it won’t be long until we’re clicking back into ski bindings and hopping on the lift to go skiing (Wolf Creek Ski Area opened on October 13th last year).
“Getting the [snow-making] system going is a small step, but a very important step. We like to test the gear and work out any kinks. These actions are important to help us be ready when the really cold temperatures come.”
– Arapahoe Basin general manager, Al Henceroth
In the meantime, let’s focus on the plethora of natural snowfall aimed at the Northern Rockies.
Snow is currently in the forecast for much of the Western United States as well as Canada! This cold system is currently gaining momentum in the northern Pacific and by late this week, ski areas from Wyoming to the Canadian Rockies should have snow on their peaks and in some cases– feet of accumulation.
The majority of snowfall will be focused on the northern reaches of the Rockies with a special focus on the mountains surrounding Banff’s SkiBig3. Although it’s still far out, Sunshine Village could see upwards of 2 feet if current models are correct. Other ski areas in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming should all see decent snow by Sunday.
In Colorado and California, totals will likely be limited to an inch or so and snow levels will remain high. However, if temps stay low following the cold front, look for A-Basin and Loveland to begin their snow-making efforts with eyes on a mid-October opening.
The only question that remains is: who will be the first to spin lifts in Colorado for Winter 2019/2020? If last year taught us anything, you can never rule out Wolf Creek Ski Area…