Day Three: Arapahoe Basin

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Arapahoe Basin 4:15P.M.-5:05P.M. Vertical: 1,340 feet

Once again, we had to have the lifts turned on after-hours. Operations manager, Alan Henceroth, fired up the Palivacinni chair that brought us up to the infamous run of the same name. John Frew, Scott Willoughby and I joined Henceroth as he showed us Pali's secret stashes such as Mousetrap, Spine and Rock Garden. The snow was pretty soft, but some spots were tough to negotiate in the flat light of dusk.

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Arapahoe Basin

A small area with a big-mountain feel, set on the jagged western slope of the Continental Divide, half above tree line, and high enough to hold snow into June.