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Summit County snowmaking season winds down

Snowguns blasted at Copper Mountain recently as the resort geared up for an early season snowboard competition.

Local resorts use millions of gallons of water to lay down a good skiing base for the holidays,  and while snowmaking efficiency has increased, some environmental concerns remain

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Mother Nature hasn’t been overly generous with snowfall yet, but the four ski areas in Summit County have all been able to open good chunks of terrain largely with the help of snowmaking.

Covering runs with enough snow for skiing and building features in terrain parks requires significant amounts of water. The latest figures compiled by state water officials show that Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Keystone have diverted about 1,477 acre feet (481 million gallons) of water from local streams and reservoirs for seasonal snowmaking operations. Continue reading

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