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Good snow-making conditions in Summit County; storm late next week?

A-Basin and Loveland ski areas have had their snow gun systems blasting at full capacity last night and today thanks to ideal wet bulb temperatures. The best conditions for making snow are when air temperature and humidity are low. Conditions should remain pretty good for making snow in the next week, at least during the nights. Typically, ski areas do not open until there is a compacted snow base of 18 inches. Snow guns will create big mounds of snow and then snow cats will spread out the snow and compact it. With continuing good wet bulb temperatures, both A-Basin and Loveland could be open in two-three weeks. Natural snowfall will help, and a storm could hit Colorado next Friday/Saturday according to forecast models, but it’s too soon to know for sure. One good strong snowstorm could start the ski season earlier, so keep doing your snow dances!

A-Basin making snow on Saturday, Oct. 6

Loveland’s snow guns cranking away on Saturday, Oct. 6

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6 thoughts on “Good snow-making conditions in Summit County; storm late next week?

  1. We’re supposed to start snow making here in about another week and 1/2. They certainly could’ve done it last night. We woke up to 12 degrees :-D Great pics btw!

    Posted by barefootandprimal | October 7, 2012, 8:03 am
  2. It’s always so exciting to see the beginnings of the season starting!

    Posted by globalgadaboutgirl | October 7, 2012, 9:38 am

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