'It's on': Opening day at Loveland Ski Area, Sunday October 24 2010

Official word just in from Loveland Ski Area: With five inches of snow last night on top of the snowmaking operation they've been running all month, opening day is tomorrow, Sunday October 24. Loveland's staking their claim as the first ski area open in Colorado for the second year in a row (Maine's Sunday River got the jump on them yesterday on the East coast). Better yet, they're predicting a powder day: It's still snowing up on the pass today.

"We are opening tomorrow, man," reports Loveland spokesperson John Sellers. "It's on."

Here's the press release with details:

For the second season in a row, Loveland Ski Area is the first ski area to open in Colorado. Chair 1 will turn for the first time of the new season tomorrow, Sunday, October 24th at 9:00am.

"We had to wait out some warm weather which delayed Opening Day a little bit this year," said Rob Goodell, Director of Business Operations. "But the good news is we will be skiing tomorrow on some really good snow. Our snowmaking team did a great job battling the warm weather and once again we are very proud to offer the first turns of the season."

Loveland will offer lift served access to one top-to-bottom run. Skiers and riders will drop one thousand vertical feet in a little over a mile via the trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun.

"It took a little longer than last year, but I think everyone is going to be pleased with the conditions" said Eric Johnstone, Snowmaking and Trail Maintenance Manager. "We got 5 inches of snow last night which is a nice compliment to the snow we were able to make. It is still snowing hard now and opening day could be a powder day if this keeps up."

Loveland Ski Area will open at 9:00am on Sunday, October 24th. Loveland's will be open from 9:00am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $47 for adults and $22 for children ages 6-14.

Loveland Ski Area season passes are now on sale and all Loveland season passes come with 3 FREE days at Monarch Mountain, 3 FREE days at Purgatory and one FREE day of unguided skiing at Silverton Mountain. Unrestricted 4-Paks are available online for just $119($29.75/day) at through November 21, 2010.