Fresh snow and sunshine for opening day
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — The start of the ski season, even if it’s only on one run with artificial snow, is a Big Deal in tourism-dependent Summit County and Colorado in general, where the ski industry contributes significantly to to the economy. Once again, Arapahoe Basin won the friendly race to open, firing up the Black Mountain Express with skiing on one trail on Oct. 17.
After ending the season on a down note by shutting down earlier than anytime in recent memory, skiers and riders clearly were ready for this year. A-Basin’s lower lot filled up early, and by mid-morning, the upper lot was near full. The line for the coffee bar went out the door and, oh, yeah, the skiing was pretty darn good for opening day.
Skiers reported that the wait in the singles line was about 10 minutes, and slightly longer in the regular maze, but nobody was complaining. Snowmaking crews will keep at is as weather allows to try and open additional terrain in the coming days and weeks.