Colorado: Ski season in high gear at A-Basin

Spring powder nothing new for The Legend

Skiing April powder at Arapahoe Basin, April 2010. Bob Berwyn photo.
A skier enjoys a big powder day at Arapahoe Basin on April 23, 2010. Bob Berwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — While most of Colorado’s megaresorts closed with more snow than they’ve had on their slopes all season, a handful of areas are still open for spring skiing, including Aspen Highlands, Winter Park, Loveland and, of course, Arapahoe Basin, known for having one of the longest seasons in the country.

With 21 inches of new snow in just the 48 hours and more on the way for the next few days, ski conditions at Arapahoe Basin are peaking. A 65-inch base means great conditions all over the mountain, including Montezuma Bowl and the steeps of the East Wall. As general manager Alan Henceroth wrote in a recent blog post, “All the the little lines are filled.”

For A-Basin, April really marks the start of a kind of second season, as Summit County locals and diehard Front Range skiers plan slopeside beach parties, complete with plastic palm trees, flamingos, BBQs and beers. But the real action is high on the mountain, where skiers and riders can now test themselves in the sinuous gullies and bony spines of the East Wall.

It’s prime time for the East Wall at Arapahoe Basin. Bob Berwyn photo.

Recent snowfall has already enabled A-Basin to open the East Wall via hiking staircases from the traverse and the latest storm may be enough to open the terrain from the top via a hike to North Pole peak.

According to Henceroth’s blog, the recent snow has all but guaranteed that the ski area will be able to stay open through the planned June 2 closing date and possible beyond.

A-Basin also has a great lineup of spring events planned, starting this Wednesday (April 17) with the 24th annual Enduro, then the 11th Annual Spyder Grind and the last moonlight dinner of the winter season this coming Saturday (April 20), as well as the popular Shakin’ at the Basin May concert series. Check all the events on the A-Basin calendar web page.




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