All right folks: Dig out your skis, dust off your boots, and if you live in Colorado, tell your boss that Friday is going to be a mandatory powder day. (Or at least a mandatory mental-health day.) Yes, you read that correctly—ski season is upon us.
Thanks to great snowmaking conditions and some help from Mother Nature, Arapahoe Basin will be opening this Friday at 9 a.m., continuing its reputation as one of the first ski resorts in North America to open each year. The date will also mark the beginning of A-Basin’s 70th season. The Black Mountain Express lift will be spinning, providing access to intermediate run High Noon.
“It’s pretty cool that Colorado gets to kick off the ski season,” says A-Basin’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Adrienne Saia Isaac. “We have such a passionate collective of skiers and snowboarders in the state. For a lot of people, it’s like a bucket list item to ski in October, so we’re happy to get people on the hill.” Now that A-Basin is open, the goal is to provide lift service seven days a week until closing – which wasn’t until June last year.
Tickets will be available for purchase on-site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices are $76 for adults, $64 for youth ages 15-18, and $38 for children ages 6-14. Children ages 5 and under ski for free, and tickets are $30 for adults ages 70 and over. To buy tickets in advance, visit arapahoebasin.com. And it all sure beats hammering on your keyboard all day.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of A-Basin.