Skiing: Arapahoe Basin opening Oct. 17

Skiing starts in Colorado

2011 opening day at A-Basin. Bob Berwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of watching ski videos on my iPhone with my head inside the freezer to simulate the ski experience, so I’m pretty psyched that A-Basin just announced that opening day is just around the corner — Wednesday, Oct. 17, to be exact.

A-Basin chief Alan Henceroth has been updating snowmaking progress on his blog, explaining that it’s not just about the quantity, but also about what you do with it. One of his latest posts shows the skillful snowcat work that goes into prepping High Noon for the start of skiing.

Check all the latest pass prices and deals on this A-Basin web page.

This year’s opening comes just a few days later than last year, when A-Basin fired up its lifts on Oct. 12 for what turned out to be one of the most challenging Colorado ski seasons in memory. A-Basin was hit especially hard by Colorado’s snow drought, with many storms skirting the east side of Summit County.

Ultimately, A-Basin closed much earlier than usual, missing a big chunk of the normally lucrative spring season. But that hasn’t stopped Summit County’s oldest ski area from forging ahead with new plans. At a recent open house, Henceroth presented an updated master plan that outlines improvements in the learning area, replacement of the venerable Pali Chair, and lift-served skiing in The Beavers.

Some scenes from recent opening and closing days at A-Basin

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Top-to-bottom at A-Basin, Oct. 13, 2011

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