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|This was the line during the first chair, but after the lift opened and the donuts were gone the line was only a manageable 4-5 minute wait.|
Sunday River, Maine, opened Friday to win the race to be the first resort in the country to start spinning its lifts. Loveland opened Sunday, making it the first ski area in Colorado, and Arapahoe Basin is close behind, with an opening day scheduled for Monday.
|Level 1 Productions crew was there. Ahmet Dadali, Mike Hornbeck and someone who I didn't recognize in their facemask and new gear.|
Along with a couple thousand of my closest friends, I took my first runs of the season Sunday at opening day at Loveland Ski Area along the Continental Divide in Colorado.
Despite a later than normal start, this season seems to be starting with a bang, with three to five inches falling around central Colorado last night and a forecast for up to two feet over the next three days. That snow added up to something that barely resembled the typical white ribbon of death, with even a few snow piles that drifted in on the sides of the trails. A rail "terrain park" for the tall tee crew let them get their first edits of the season started.
|First Chair warriors. These guys get it every year.|
After a few runs to make the legs burn I grabbed a flapjack and a Red Bull (or maybe it was a Coors) from the Freeskier Magazine tent, and headed home to catch the big Broncos versus Raiders football game. Because, hey, even if it was fun to have some runs and even if I want to take some more when Arapahoe Basin opens tomorrow, let's not forget that it's still October.