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Summit County: A-Basin tallies record skier visits

A-Basin's season lasted through July 4.

National skier visits also set new record

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Consistent snowfall all season long and a surge of business in May and June propelled skier visits at Arapahoe Basin to a new record this year. With about 450,000 skier and rider visits, the Basin surpassed its previous record — set three seasons ago — by about 20,000 visits, according to ski area chief Alan Henceroth, who said it was a banner year in all regards.

“Snowfall was above average every single month for eight months in a row,” Henceroth said, recalling some phenomenal late-May powder days and looking back at a 253-day season that started Oct. 25 and ran through July 4. That all added up to a season total of 473 inches, the second-best ever, and April’s 87 inches was a record for that month. The base reached 100 inches on March 16 and stayed near or above that level for many days after that. Continue reading

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