- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Colder weather in the mountains is allowing a handful of ski areas to fire up their snow guns - kicking off the resorts’ annual race to be the first to open for the season.

The Summit Daily reports (http://bit.ly/1rQMaPJ ) Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas began making snow Wednesday, following Copper Mountain Resort, which started Monday. A-Basin spokeswoman Adrienne Saia Isaac says it takes about two weeks from the start of snowmaking to create the 18-inche base necessary for the resort to open its first trail.

Loveland officials say the slopes have received several inches of natural snow this week, and 17 snow guns were operating Wednesday night.

Marketing director John Sellers says “while most people dream of a white Christmas, here at Loveland we are focused on a white October.”

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Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/

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