Colorado Resorts Race to Prepare for Snow

A strong storm could mean an early start to the season


The first significant snowstorm of the season is headed for Colorado and resorts are scrambling to get the slopes ready. Predictions are calling for five-10 inches of snow above 10,000 feet over Friday and Saturday, which could help get the season off to an early start. In Vail, helicopters installing new towers have forced an end to all foot and bicycle traffic on the mountain. At Beaver Creek, crews are rushing to complete renovations on the Red Tail finish area at the base of the Birds of Prey World Cup race course. With artificial snow production getting a boost from the storm, many resorts are speculating that they may be open earlier than expected. “Unfortunately, I can’t speculate on our odds of opening this weekend,” said A-Basin spokeswoman Adrienne Saia Isaac, “Snowmaking is going well, and I know [COO and vice president Alan Henceroth] walked High Noon a few times this week and was pleased with the progress.”

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