A-Basin to be first Colorado resort to open ski season

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 15, 2012
Arapahoe Basin will be the first Colorado resort to open this ski season.
A-Basin snowmaking.
Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin COO and Vice President Alan Henceroth announced there is enough man-made and natural snow to begin the 2012/2013 ski season in Colorado on Wednesday.

"We are ready. You can look forward to skiing and riding on High Noon. We will have a few terrain park features also. I am excited," Henceroth wrote in his blog Monday.

The Black Mountain Express lift will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday to shuttle guests to the beginning of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain.

Earlier Monday, Henceroth wrote that the upper 90 percent of the High Noon trail has "enough snow to open. The base area is our area of uncertainty. All that brush at the bottom of the skier's left side of High Noon should be covered soon. Mark and his crew are going to re-position some of the fan guns today. The forecast for tonight looks kind of marginal for snowmaking. The forecast starting Wednesday morning going through Wednesday night looks very promising."

A-Basin will be the first resort in the state to open the 2012/2013 season.

Loveland Ski Area officials hope to open in the next week or so.

New at A-Basin this season is the Pika Place Learning Area, scheduled to open in November. Situated in the base area adjacent to the Black Mountain Express lift, Pika Place is geared toward younger guests and first-time skiers and riders. Pika Place features a new trail, a new conveyor lift and Ace’s Kids Park, a beginner-level terrain park with smaller versions of popular features found in A-Basin’s other two terrain parks.

This season, A-Basin launched an on-site Rossignol Experience Center designed to help skiers elevate their on-mountain experience and skiing technique. The rental program features an array of Rossignol skis with auto-turn rocker technology, an innovation that provides greater control and confidence to skiers of all abilities.

Guests can receive the guaranteed lowest price on A-Basin lift tickets by purchasing them in advance at ArapahoeBasin.com. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through Dec. 21, with adult (19+ years) full-day tickets priced at $64, youth (15-18 years) priced at $54 and child (6-14 years) tickets priced at $32.

Children under age 5 ski free.

A-Basin also offers several season pass products, including the two-season Double Down Pass ($499; on sale through Dec. 31). For season pass pricing and snow conditions, visit www.ArapahoeBasin.com or call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246).

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