Earliest-ever opening for A-Basin’s backside stashes
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado powder seekers will have one more option in Summit County this weekend, as Arapahoe Basin is set to open parts of Montezuma Bowl Saturday (Dec. 18). It’s the earliest opening ever for A-Basin’s backside bowl, which is one of the most significant new terrain expansions in Colorado in recent years four years after it first opened.
The ‘Zuma Bowl opening is possible thanks to steady November and December snows totaling about 100 inches at A-Basin, with even higher totals at other Summit Resorts. Breckenridge has reported close to 15 feet of snow so far, and Copper is not far behind.
According to A-Basin chief Alan Henceroth’s blog, the eastern half of the bowl will open first, along with the wide-open cruisers down the heart of the bowl, like Columbine and Larkspur. Some of the freshest snow should be in the timberline glades of “The Fourteeners.” Henceroth said he expects more openings, including Black Bear, Long Chute (such a great line) and “MGD.”
On the front side, nearly all the Pali terrain is now open, with mid-season conditions. Get the full trail report here.