Snow covers Loveland Ski Area; snowmaking begins Sept. 29

LOVELAND SKI AREA, Colo. — It’s still officially summer, but the winter ski season is right around the corner and Loveland Ski Area got a taste of it early Thursday morning.

The ski area, which fights annually to be the first to open in the state, received a dusting of snow at the Continental Divide.

The ski area will begin making snow for the 2016-17 ski season on Sept. 29 and hopes to open in mid- to late October.

Last year, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin kicked off the ski season on Oct. 29.

Colorado Ski Country USA said in June the season at its 21-member resorts totaled 7.4 million visitors, up nearly 5 percent from the 2014-15 season.