Colorado: Arapahoe Basin extends the season

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Summer fun at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Bob Berwyn photo.

Bonus weekend set for June 7-9

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado skiers will get a bonus weekend at Arapahoe Basin, as the ski area extends the season for an extra weekend. Cool spring temperatures and big snows in April and May helped preserve a good base at the high-elevation ski area.

“With all the spring storms, our exceptional snow conditions, and our guests’ enthusiasm for skiing and riding, it only makes sense to open for another weekend,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin’s chief operating officer.

The last couple of winters have been a roller coaster for A-Basin and Colorado in general. The winter of 2010-2011 delivered near-record snow in many locations and A-Basin stayed open though the Fourth of July holiday.

Then, just a year later, Colorado experienced the warmest March on record and an already sparse snowpack melted away to nothing, forcing A-Basin to close a month early.

During this summer ski season extension, A-Basin will offer top-to-bottom skiing from the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts. The Lenawee Mountain lift will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the Black Mountain Express lift will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 7, 8, and 9. There will be no beginner skiing or riding.

Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain will be open with a full bar and barbeque during ski area operating hours through the extended weekend. The A-Basin rental shop and the Arapahoe Sports retail shop (with all items marked down 40 percent) will also be open during this time.

Discounted lift tickets for the summer ski season will be available in advance at tickets.arapahoebasin.com. Tickets purchased at the ticket window during the extended operating weekend of June 7, 8, & 9 will cost $45 for adults (ages 19+), $35 for youth (ages 15-18) and $25 for children (ages 6-14). Children 5 and under ski and ride for free.

It’s also a good time to score next year’s season pass, on sale for $269 for adults (ages 19-plus), $199 for youth (ages 15-18) and $139 for children (ages 6-14). A-Basin 2013-14 season passes that have been paid in full can be used for the remainder of this season, including the extended summer season days.

More information about open runs, snow conditions, weather, and ticket and pass pricing can be found online at arapahoebasin.com.

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One Response

  1. There’s talk of doing the same in parts of the Alps this year. We have new snowfall on the Jura at only 700 meters (2100 feet).

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