Copper Mountain has officially won the snowmaking race for Colorado resorts, firing up equipment Tuesday, exactly one month prior to its opening day, slated for Nov. 2.
The ski area began blowing snow from 28 snowguns to cover the Copperopolis run, the site of the resort's U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, scheduled to open later this month.
Throughout October the resort will continue to expand its snowmaking operations to ensure top-to-bottom terrain by opening day, according to Katherine Bush, spokeswoman for Copper.
"Copper's snowmaking team saw an early opportunity and was aggressive with its approach," Bush said. "We're thrilled to be the first resort in Colorado to begin snowmaking this season."
Winter Park officials say they plan to start making snow on Oct. 15, and Loveland started on Thursday morning.
Slope maintenance and snowmaking manager of Copper, Mike Looney, said the "wet-bulb temperature," a figure dependent on temperature and humidity, allowed for sustainable snowmaking.