Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Kicks Off 2013-14 Season Sunday
Thanks to two weeks of snowmaking and a series of recent winter storms, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is set to kick off the 2013-14 ski season Sunday (10/13).
“This is a very exciting time for us, and all of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Vice President and COO. “We’ve had tremendous early season snowmaking and natural snow, and we can’t wait to kick off the 2013-14 ski and ride season.”
Thanks to numerous early-season storms, low temperatures and snowmaking upgrades, A-Basin will open four days earlier than last season. The Black Mountain Express lift will turn at 8:30 a.m. MST to shuttle guests to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain.
Nearby Loveland Ski Area, which also kicked off snowmaking operations on September 27, is close to opening for the season - maybe sometime early next week.
"Unfortunately, we still don't have an opening day yet, but we are optimistic that it will be next week," Loveland's John Sellers told SnoCountry.com. "We had another night of productive snowmaking and it looks like the weekend will be good and we should get some more natural snow too."
Arapahoe Basin will offer skiers and snowboarders the following on Sunday: ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the A-Frame at the Legends Cafe, and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports.
The $1 million renovation to A-Basin’s popular 6th Alley Bar & Grill is projected to last until late 2013, but a temporary bar will be set up in the A-Frame lodge. A-Basin Mug Club sales will take place as normal on opening day; mugs are $40 and entitle the owner to discounts in the 6th Alley Bar and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, one mug per customer.
Guests can find the guaranteed lowest price on A-Basin lift tickets by purchasing them in advance at ArapahoeBasin.com. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 20, 2013, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $67, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $55 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $32. Children under age 5 ski free every day all season.
Photos: (Top) Two weeks of snowmaking at Arapahoe Basin and the season kicks off Sunday. (Arapahoe Basin Photos / Facebook); (Bottom) Snowing at Loveland on Friday, Oct. 11. Opening day is just around the corner. (Loveland Ski Area Photo / Facebook)