A-Basin, Loveland open for ski season this week

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 12, 2011
Arapahoe Basin opens for the 2011-12 ski season on Thursday, according to resort officials, just 100 days after ending the 2010-11 season on July 4.

Loveland will open the following day, becoming the third Colorado ski area to kick off the season.

The Black Mountain Express chairlift at A-Basin will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The Summit County ski area high on the Continental Divide will offer an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run, along with several features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing on opening day.

A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum, who passed away this year, will take place before the lifts open to the public.

A-Basin's opening day adult lift tickets will cost for $59; youth tickets age 15-18 will be $49; and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30. The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snow sports lessons will be available on a limited basis.
Snowcats moving mountains on Wednesday.
A-Basin


A radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air. KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out giveaways.

A-Basin's Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $389. Bonus Pass holders receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2011-2012 ski season and five non-transferable ski days at Keystone or Breckenridge.

One of those days can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek (some restrictions apply). A-Basin only passes are also available. For more information go to www.arapahoebasin.com.

A-Basin is the second ski resort in Colorado to open the 2011-2012 season. Wolf Creek opened last weekend.

Loveland Ski Area is scheduled to begin operating Chair 1 at 9 a.m. on Friday.

"Warm weather delayed the start of snowmaking, but cold temperatures settled in and our snowmaking crew has done a great job making up for lost time," Rob Goodell, director of business operations, said today. "We still have some work to do, but the mountain looks great and we will have 18 inches of snow from tree-to-tree for skiers and riders on Friday morning."

Loveland will offer lift-served access to one top-to-bottom run. Snow riders will drop 1,000 vertical feet in a little over a mile via the Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun trails.

"When the cold temperatures settled in, we were able to make a lot of progress very quickly," said Eric Johnstone, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. "We started last Thursday and have been running non-stop with the exception of a short stoppage on Tuesday. Our snowmaking crew has done a tremendous job and opening day skiers and riders are going to be very happy with the conditions."

Loveland will be open 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $47 for adults and $22 for children ages 6-14.

Loveland season passes are now on sale and all Loveland season passes come with three free days at Monarch Mountain, three free days at Purgatory (does not apply to mid-week passes) and one free day of unguided skiing at Silverton Mountain. Unrestricted 4-Paks are available online for $129 at www.skiloveland.com through Nov. 20.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 24. Buttermilk and Highlands open Dec. 10.


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