Colo. – Oct. 10, 2001 – The flakes began flying today at Keystone Resort. “We had both natural and man-made snow on the mountain,” said Bill LeClair, head of Keystone’s snowmaking department. “Temperatures were in the 20s and we had a great start to our snowmaking season.”

More than two dozen snowmaking guns coated the frontside of Keystone Mountain early today. Mother Nature added a few more inches.

According to LeClair, the start of snowmaking signals the beginning of the ski season in Summit County. Soon, Keystone’s nearly 2,000 acres of terrain will be covered in the white stuff.

“We are making snow on Haywood run and hoping the skies continue to help us out with natural snow,” said Greg Pack, Keystone’s mountain manager. “It all means ski season isnot far away.”

The cold front that came through the state this week dropped some natural snow to help Keystone’s first snowmaking efforts this season. And as the temperatures fall into winter, Keystone is preparing for one of the best seasons ever. Opening day is set for Oct. 26 at Keystone. The first skiing and snowboarding will be in the Mountain House base area, with other areas and chairs opening through the season.