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Get it while you can! Arapahoe Basin to close this weekend

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Arapahoe Basin announced today that the ski resort will not make it to July 4 this season, as it did three years ago, but will be open again this weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, aka, June 20-22. The total accumulations for that season and this season were similar, but the snow is melting a bit faster this year.

We skied at A-Basin this past Sunday and it was amazing: nice, soft snow that wasn’t icy and wasn’t too slushy. In fact, our favorite condition after powder is A-Basin slush in June. Seriously. And, the Basin is simply a blast this time of year. The people are laid back and friendly and it’s basically a backyard BBQ party atmosphere.

If you haven’t skied A-Basin in the summer you are missing out. Big time. Lifts open this weekend at 8:30 a.m. and close at 2:30, so get your runs in and head down to Keystone for golf, or hike, or just stick around and have a brew at The Beach.

The Basin doesn’t shut down after ski season. From July 5 to Aug. 31, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill will be open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arapahoe Basin’s summer events season kicks off July 13 with Yoga on the Mountain at Black Mountain Lodge.

Other events include the Summit Challenge Trail Run, a mid-mountain BBQ, and several dining events at Black Mountain Lodge. You can find more information about our summer events by going to arapahoebasin.com/summer.

Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to open in Colorado this season on October 13, 2013. Over the course of this season, A-Basin received over 440 inches of snow, allowing it to extend the season past the initial June 1 closing date.

February was the snowiest month for the ski area this season with over 90 inches of recorded snowfall. On Sunday, A-Basin will have operated for 241 days, including the three “bonus” extension weekends. While not the longest season on record, this season stands as one of the busiest and most successful for A-Basin.

“From our October 13 opening to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill remodel, to those extraordinary mid-season powder days to the summer skiing this has certainly been one of the most amazing ski seasons Arapahoe Basin has ever had,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer. To see a recap of this season in photos, click here.

Notable on-mountain improvements this season included a $1 million renovation to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, the ski area’s popular après spot. In May 2014, A-Basin received the prestigious NSAA/Ski Magazine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in its waste-reduction program, which focused on recycling and composting, as well as guest education.

Currently, A-Basin is in the process of constructing a new Kids’ Center for its snow sports students, and expects that project to be completed in early 2015. A-Basin also installed solar energy in this new building as well as other environmentally-friendly amenities.

Arapahoe Basin will release its 2014-15 season pass and multi-day lift ticket products on July 1. Ticket packs will include a version of the ski area’s popular Elevation pass as well as a transferable lift ticket pack. Stay tuned to www.arapahoebasin.com for more information.

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