Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced today that it will open on Sunday, Oct. 13. Barring similar news, or perhaps an earlier opening day announcement from Loveland, A-Basin’s opening will kick of the 2013-2014 ski season in Colorado.
A-Basin reports that early-season snow, low temperatures and snowmaking upgrades allowed A-Basin to open four days earlier than last season. The Black Mountain Express lift will crank up at 8:30 a.m., and drop of skiers and boarders on 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 COO. “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.”
Skier services that will start opening day include ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the A-Frame at the Legends Cafe, and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports. The $1 million renovation to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill is projected to last until late 2013, but a temporary bar will be set up in the A-Frame lodge.
A-Basin Mug Club sales will take place as normal on opening day; mugs are $40 and entitle the owner to discounts in the 6th Alley Bar and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with one mug per customer.
Current lift ticket window pricing will run through Dec. 20, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $67, youth (ages 15-18) at $55 and child (ages 6-14) at $32. Children under age 5 ski free every day all season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at ArapahoeBasin.com.