Ski Season Opens

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Spokesman Kevin Wright says the snow was ``really coming down''
at the resort located on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel
this morning.

Near record warm temperatures delayed the planned opening for
two weeks, and made snowmaking impractical until last weekend.

At least a half-dozen Colorado resorts are making snow this
week, including Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Winter Park
and Copper Mountain.

Arapahoe Basin had been racing Loveland for first-opening honors
using snowmaking equipment installed last summer. But the ski area
later conceded victory to the more seasoned Loveland crew on the
other side of Loveland Pass.

Copper Mountain will open Friday.