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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opens Pali Face

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado announced Tuesday that the open terrain on Wednesday would include the famous Pallavicini Face for the first time in the 2013-14 ski season. With an almost-cult following, the terrain off the Pallavicini chairlift directly above the ski area's base includes some of the most revered expert slopes in the state.

According to the ski area's official Facebook page, East Avenue, Main Street, The Spine, Pali Face, the Upper Alleys ( No. 1-4) and the Rock Garden were among the expected open runs in the Pallavicini area.

'Pali-heads' get ready

Rising a steep 1,329 vertical feet, the Pallavicini lift suits the ski area’s high concentration of local expert skiers. Often referred to as the “Pali” chair-- pronounced like “Polly”— by locals, the lift's devotees, known as “Pali-heads,” make laps all day on the lift. Late in the ski season each year, Arapahoe Basin hosts the Enduro, a 10-hour charity event on the Pali chair. The best two-person teams have logged more than 70 runs in the allotted time.

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