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And you thought your rivalry with your family was fierce.
In an unprecedented close race, Loveland Ski Resort and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado have agreed to share the spotlight. Each resort tried to beat the competition this week, announcing different opening dates every day in an attempt to be the first ski area to open in North America for the 2008-2009 season.
A-Basin started it saying they were going to open Friday, October 17. Loveland fought back moving their date to Thursday the 16th. A-Basin refused to let it lie, announcing yesterday that they would open 9:00am Wednesday, October 15 with an 18 inch base. Then, this morning, Loveland laid it down with a knock-out punch moving their opening time thirty minutes earlier than A-Basin. The Basin refused to be defeated, calling the folks at Loveland and asking for a truce that would allow both resorts to open at the same time: 8:30am Wednesday, October 15.
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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado –
Arapahoe Basin ski area officials announce that its opening day for the 2008-2009 ski season will be Wednesday, October 15, 2008. For the past two years the ski area has been the first to open in the nation and this year A-Basin continues that trend.
The Exhibition chairlift will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run and some features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.
New last season, A-Basin introduced Montezuma Bowl, 400 acres of lift served groomed runs, glades, chutes and wide-open bowl skiing. The new expansion is expected to open for the season in early January, conditions permitting.
Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $49, youth tickets age 15 – 19 will be $44 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $25. Ski and snowboard rentals and tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snow Sport lessons will begin when the Molly Hogan Learning Center opens later in November.
Local 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 give-aways. Pepsi will be here with samples. Fox 31’s My Outdoors Colorado will be on site as well with give-aways.
A-Basin’s Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $379. The Bonus pass holder receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2008-2009 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 at great prices. Purchase your pass on site at A-Basin, call 1-888-Arapahoe or order on-line at
LOVELAND SKI AREA
, Georgetown, CO. – October 14, 2008
– Loveland Ski Area is ready to start the 2008-2009 ski season. Loveland Ski Area will open for the season on Wednesday, October 15th.
Loveland Ski Area started making snow on September 24th but warm weather forced a stoppage until the temperatures cooled again on October 4th.
“Our crew has been working hard to make sure we could take advantage of every opportunity to make snow over the last couple of weeks,” said Snowmaking and Trail Maintenance Manager Eric Johnstone. “It finally paid off and we will start the lifts tomorrow with an 18 inch base and tree to tree coverage.”
Skiers and snowboarders will have access to a top to bottom run consisting of 1,000 vertical feet via Chair 1. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun make up this opening day run which is over a mile in length.
“The start of the ski season is always an exciting time,” said Rob Goodell, Director of Business Operations. “We are opening a little bit earlier than anyone expected, but the mountain is ready and we are proud to offer the quality coverage our opening day skiers and riders have come to expect from Loveland.”
Loveland Ski Area will open for the season at 8:30am on Wednesday, October 15. Loveland’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm and 8:30am to 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $44 for adults and $21 for children ages 6-14. Loveland Ski Area season passes and unrestricted 4-Paks will be available through November 23, 2008. Season passes and 4-paks are available online at
, by phone at 1-800-736-3SKI or skiers and riders can visit one of the many Front Range ski shows including The Denver ski Expo, November 7-9.
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