Arapahoe Basin, known affectionately as A-Basin, and Loveland will fire up their lifts at 8:30 am. My skis are waxed, my kids are school-bound, and the Subie is gassed up, but I'm not heading to the high country just yet. I've skied both places before: A-Basin does nothing for me - it's a place for purists - and Loveland is too freaking cold. I'm talking about winds so icy that they rip right through your base layer and freeze your bones.
Besides I've got work to do. I know. No self-respecting Coloradan would choose work over skiing; there's a reason why so many Coloradans telecommute. But, I'm not jonesing to ski A-Basin or Loveland. I like a handful of other ski areas that are still a few weeks from opening, but when they open you can bet I will be on the mountain. Anyway, if the Farmer's Almanac is accurate I have a lot of powder days ahead of me so missing one day is no big deal.