Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is one step closer to gaining final approval for a 492-acre expansion that would include a new lift in the Beavers area. The ski area plan also calls for replacing Pallavicini chairlift, removing the Norway chairlift and adding a surface lift to ferry skiers and snowboarders to the popular backside Montezuma Bowl terrain.
Last week, the U.S. Forest Service released a draft environmental study for the planned projects. The agency will take public comments on the draft EIS through March 21. More information is online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41664. A public meeting on the draft Eis will be held at The Keystone Center (1628 St John Rd., Dillon, CO 80435) on March 2, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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 “Summit County: A-Basin tallies record skier visits”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Keep those boards handy. The skiing and riding have been epic this year, and the season isn’t quite over yet. A-Basin has decided to extend the ski season to July 4 this year, staying open on weekends only through the holiday. It’s the first time A-Basin will be open on Independence Day since 1997. Details online here.
Two lifts are operating, the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee. Ticket window prices are $39 for adults, $29 for teens and $19 for kids. Details on ticket prices online here. The ski area is reporting a 50-inch base and 275 acres of open terrain. Lifts are operating from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“The snow is good. People want to ski and ride. We will be skiing at The Basin on the 4th of July. We will re-open for two more weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 24, 25, and 26 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday July 1, 2, 3, and 4.”
Keystone, Breckenridge and A-Basin invest $75,000 in an effort to boost mountain snowfall
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s early season conditions are getting rave reviews from skiers and riders, and this year, Mother Nature can’t take all the credit. Three Summit County ski areas are funding a regional cloud-seeding program operated by Durango-based Western Weather Consultants to boost early season snowfall.