Georgetown, CO….October 16, 200. Loveland Ski Area in Colorado officially kicks-off the nation’s ski and snowboard season Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. Snowmaking and a boost from Mother Nature in the form of over 12 inches of natural snow and winter temperatures helped Loveland Ski Area and Colorado claim the coveted title of being the first ski area in North America to open for the 2002-2003 season.

Opening October 17th starts the 2002-2003 season ahead of the area’s projected opening date of October 19th. “Loveland is excited to usher in the 2002-2003 season. A long hot summer has Loveland’s guests and staff alike itching to get out and make the first turns of the season and our elevation of 13,010′ allows us to cater to this demand,” explains Loveland Marketing Director Kevin Wright.

Loveland will open with chairlift #1 serving three runs; “Catwalk”, “Mambo” and “Home Run.” Top-to-bottom skiing and riding on more than a mile-long run, dropping 1,000 vertical feet. Base depths will vary 10-20 inches. Snowmaking efforts will open additional terrain as soon as possible. Loveland’s web site, www.skiloveland.com provides daily updates on snowmaking progress and trail openings.

Thanks to cool winter temperatures in the high country, other resorts in Colorado – Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Steamboat – are also making snow. Copper Mountain is scheduled to open Nov. 2. Go to www.coloradoski.com for a complete listing of opening dates for Colorado’s 24 ski and snowboard resorts.

Resort Opening/Closing Dates

2002/2003

Resort

Opening Date (subject to change)

Closing Date (subject to change)

Arapahoe Basin

November

July 4

Aspen Highlands

Dec. 14

April 6

Aspen Mountain

Nov. 28

April 20

Beaver Creek

Nov. 23

April 13

Breckenridge

Nov. 15

April 20

Buttermilk

Dec. 14

April 6

Copper Mountain

Nov. 2

April 20

Durango Mountain Resort

Nov. 28

April 6

Eldora

Mid-Nov.

Mid-April

Howelsen

Late Nov.

Late March

Keystone

Nov. 8

April 20

Loveland

Oct. 17

Mid-May

Monarch

Nov. 22

April 6

Powderhorn

Dec. 12

March 30

Silverton

Oct. 17

June 15

Ski Cooper

Nov. 28

March 30

Snowmass

Nov. 28

April 13

SolVista

Dec. 14

March 30

Steamboat

Nov. 27

April 13

Sunlight

Nov. 27

April 6

Telluride

Nov. 26

April 6

Vail

Nov. 22

April 20

Winter Park/Mary Jane

Nov. 13

April 20

Colorado Ski Country USA is the non-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 24 ski & snowboard resorts.