Summit County, Colorado —Snowmaking crews at Summit County’s oldest ski area say they’ve created an 18-inch base, enabling the area to open for the season this week. Opening day is Oct. 13, with skiing on one run served by the Black Mountain Express quad. Tickets are $59.
The snowmaking efforts were helped along by about eight inches of natural snow. The ski area has only been closed 100 days since last season ended on July 4, 2011. Check out Al’s Blog for more …
Black Mountain Express will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run along with several features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.
A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who passed away this year will take place before the lifts open to the public.
Youth tickets age 15 – 18 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30. The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snowsports lessons will be available on a limited basis.
Local radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air. KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out give-aways.
A-Basin’s Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $389. The Bonus pass holder receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2011-2012 ski season and five non-transferable ski days at Keystone or Breckenridge. One of those days can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek (some restrictions apply). A-Basin only passes are also available at great prices. To purchase your pass or check snow conditions go to www.arapahoebasin.com.
Arapahoe Basin would like to invite any interested media to attend the opening day celebration. Please contact Leigh Hierholzer to coordinate lift tickets and any other logistics.
Scenes from closing day at A-Basin, July 4, 2011: