THE PAST 10 YEARS OF "THE RACE TO OPEN" AT LOVELAND AND A-BASIN

Say what you want about opening day, there is no denying it's exciting when resorts start opening. The first day back might not be the best riding in the world, but it can certainly be a fun time. Everyone knows the race to open is basically between two resorts: Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. Besides Wolf Creek's October 8th opening day in 2011, it's been these two that have fought for the title of First Resort Open in Colorado. Here's a look back at the past 10 years of the race to open.

10/14/14 at Arapahoe Basin

10/14/14 at Arapahoe Basin

ARAPAHOE BASIN OPENING DATE

10/13/2013
10/17/2012
10/13/2011

10/25/2010
10/9/2009
10/15/2008
10/10/2007
10/13/2006

10/23/2005
10/22/2004

10/15/14 at Loveland Ski Area

10/15/14 at Loveland Ski Area

LOVELAND OPENING DATE

10/17/2013
10/23/2012
10/14/2011
10/24/2010
10/7/2009
10/15/2008
10/16/2007
10/14/2006
10/14/2005
10/15/2004

Looking at the meticulously mined data, you can see that Arapahoe Basin has a slight advantage, opening first 5 out of the last 10 years. Loveland has opened first 4 times and the two resorts opened the same day in 2008. Who is your money on this year?

10/14/14 at Arapahoe Basin

10/14/14 at Arapahoe Basin

10/15/14 at Loveland Ski Area

10/15/14 at Loveland Ski Area