Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced Friday that the resort will open for skiing on Sunday, Oct. 13, four days earlier than last season. Located on the Continental Divide in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin is traditionally among the first U.S. ski areas to open. As of early Friday afternoon, nearby Loveland Ski Area had not announced an opening date. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin generally compete in friendly rivalry to open first.
On Sunday, the Black Mountain Express lift will start at 8:30 a.m. The lift transports skiers and boarders to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain. “This is a very exciting time for us, and all of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin vice president and chief operating officer. “We’ve had tremendous early-season snowmaking and natural snow, and we can’t wait to kick off the 2013-14 ski and ride season.”
The ski area started snowmaking on Sept. 27 and has also benefitted from recent natural snowstorms. Henceroth said in his blog that snowmaking this year should be helped by high stream-levels providing an ample supply of water. Parts of Colorado suffered through historic floods in September.