Loveland Ski Area finally opens even though mild, dry weather continues

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- off your skis and boards.  There's snow in the high country.

Sort of.

The much-anticipated 2016-17 Colorado ski season kicked off Thursday at Loveland Ski Area.

Thanks to snowmaking machines working when it's cold enough, Loveland Ski Area opened 3 percent of its capacity. That's about 40 acres total.

"We hoped to open a few weeks back, but unfortunately Mother Nature hasn't really cooperated," Loveland spokesman John Sellers said.

Ski resorts aren't the only businesses affected by the warm weather.

Retail shops like Mountain View Sports in Keystone are feeling the burn as well.

"We bought quite a bit of new equipment. The fact we don't send them out right now, we're losing money," ski technician Ryan Bigsby said.

Not only is business bumpy but employees are stressed out, too.

"You have rent that's quite expensive and no work. How do you pay those bills? How do you enjoy life?" Bigsby said.

The white stuff will eventually come. But until then, it's stay busy and think snow.