10/18/17 Loveland Friday, Prepping back East

Loveland’s 80th season will indeed kick off Friday. Big L sez they expect to have an 18 inch base with tree-to-tree coverage on the usual Catwalk/Mambo/Home Run early season route…southwest Colorado, Purgatory Resort held an open house last night to present plans for further redesigns to the Gelande lift. They’re looking to expand it and add another top-to-bottom trail to relieve congestion around the ski area. These revamped plans will require additional USFS approvals but Purgatory boss Jim Coleman is hoping to have it all on line for the 2018-19 season…Kudos to Snowbird, the UT resort is serving up free tourist tram rides Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 28-29 to anyone donating 3 cans of food or hygiene items or 6 bucks cash. Food & hygiene donations to be donated to the Utah Food Bank; cash to benefit the Wasatch Adaptive Sports program…excitement building in the east as both Killington VT, Cannon NH and Sunday River ME threw down some real snow yesterday; these were really just glorified tests although Riv fans were claiming it was “for real.” Meanwhile Killington had just barely enough frozen snot up on the North Ridge (what we used to call The Glades) that a couple of diehards were able to hike up and make a few teeth-rattling turns early yesterday morning. That’s dedication…elsewhere in VT it snowed lightly at Bolton Valley, probably prompted a few season pass sales…in other, uh, skiing news, China’s Changbaishan Ski Resort is closed indefinitely amid earthquake concerns following North Korean underground nuke tests…



Photo above: Snowmaking test up high at Killington VT yesterday. And yes, a couple of hard core locals hoofed it up and skied on it.