Colorado: Arapahoe Basin opens for skiing Oct. 13

Opening day includes tribute to A-Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum

Arapahoe Basin opening day 2011-2012
Arapahoe Basin opens for the 2011-2012 season on Oct. 13.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Teaming up with Ullr, A-Basin’s snowmaking crews have put down a blanket of white that will enable the ski area to open for the season this Thursday, Oct. 13, with skiing and riding on High Noon.

A-Basin chief Alan Henceroth announced the opening on his blog Wednesday morning:

“I have received a few good questions over the last 24 hours. We will be open 7 days a week until June. This is going to be an extremely good opening. I walked High Noon this morning (I should have skied it and will ski it this afternoon). The coverage is really good. We are pulling about half of the fan guns and moving them to Ramrod. We will make a little bit more snow on High Noon. Year after year we track quantitative snowmaking metrics and have a very good sense of how to correlate that data and apply it to opening decisions. So.. in addition to thinking the trail looks good, we know we have made the amount of snow required for a good opening. Not just a good opening, but a great opening that will last. Come on up. You’ll love it. We are already talking about working on Ramrod.”

Visit Al’s blog for some great snowmaking photos, and get links to new blog posts from his Twitter feed. More info on opening day at A-Basin’s main website and you can follow A-Basin on Twitter.

In addition to  snowmaking, Ullr pitched in with about 8 inches of natural snow during the past few days. The A-Basin website is reporting an 18-inch base.  With the snowmaking now focusing on Ramrod, more terrain could open soon.

A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who passed away this year will take place before the lifts open to the public.

Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $59, youth tickets age 15 – 18 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30.  The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public.  Snowsports lessons will be available on a limited basis.

Local radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air.  KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out give-aways.



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