Arapahoe Basin Sets Challenge: First to Open

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A Basin Snowmaking 2004

Arapahoe Basin's snowmaking system is complete and waiting to blow its first flake of snow. The snow will fly as soon as temperatures drop below freezing.Arapahoe Basin, CO October 3, 2003--Arapahoe Basin's snowmaking system is complete and waiting to blow its first flake of snow. The snow will fly as soon as temperatures drop below freezing at the ski area located at 11,000 ft above sea level, one of the highest in the nation.

A-Basin officially announces its race against Loveland to be the first ski area open in Colorado. "We feel we have an advantage over other ski areas because of our colder weather at our higher elevation. However, Loveland's elevation is comparable to ours, so we consider them our main competition. We have thrown down the gauntlet with Loveland and are excited to beat them at their own game," said Jim Gentling, COO of Arapahoe Basin.

Although officials have not set an opening date, they are anticipating the earliest opening on record since the inaugural season in 1946. "With the snowmaking system ready to roll, a full reservoir of water and cold weather moving in, we are confident that the ski season is just around the corner," said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin's Director of Mountain Operations.

Last year the ski area opened on November 16, and received a total of 409 inches of natural snowfall, forty-two inches over the historical average. The ski area opened with over 75 percent of its terrain available. A-Basin officials are hoping for another great season this year with the combination of its state of the art snowmaking system in place and abundant natural snowfall.

The best deal to ski or ride Arapahoe Basin is the A-Basin Bonus Pass. The season pass can be purchased for $229 and includes unlimited skiing at A-Basin and five non-transferable ski days at Keystone or Breckenridge anytime during the 2003-04 ski season (one day can even be used at Vail or Beaver Creek). Call 1-888-ARAPAHO, ext. 2 for additional information on season passes. Order passes on line at www.arapahoebasin.com