Opening day finally arrives for Loveland Ski Area

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- Loveland Ski Area is opening for the 2016-17 season on Thursday, just the second ski resort in the state to open as others continue to announce delayed openings because of persistent warm, dry conditions.

It will mark the latest opening for ski area. Its previous latest opening day was Nov. 6, 1987. It opened on Oct. 29 last year.

Lift 1 will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to one top-to-bottom run on an 18-inch base, ski area officials said. Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run trails will be open.

Arapahoe Basin in Summit County is the only other resort in the state that has opened its slopes for the 2016-17 ski season. Keystone Resort was scheduled to open Nov. 4, but it announced last week it had pushed back its opening day to Nov. 11, then this week indefinitely put off opening its slopes.

Loveland Ski Area annually battles with Arapahoe Basin to be the first in Colorado to open.

Most of the resorts can make snow at night, but the warm conditions during the day make it go away.

Breckenridge Ski Resort was scheduled to open Friday along with Breckenridge but it, too, has said it has pushed back the start of the season.

Winter Park is tarting a Nov. 16 opening. Copper Mountain was scheduled to open Friday but is now shooting for Nov. 18 along with Vail. Beaver Creek said it will open Nov. 23.

October 2016 was the fourth-warmest October in Denver on record, according to the National Weather Service. Temperature records go back to 1873. Denver recorded no snow in October for the third consecutive year.

Denver still has not received any snow this season and none is in the forecast. The latest first snow in Denver was Nov. 21, 1934. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14 ties for the 14th latest date of the first snow. And with none in the forecast, the latest first date snowfall record will be threatened.