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This was what the line looked like at 8:30 am, half an hour before the first Colorado chair of the season loaded.
The A-Basin employees were in good spirits and chatting with the die-hards who’d been waiting in line for hours just to get bragging rights of that first run.
These guys waited all night at the Basin just to be first in line!
Sweet, sweet victory as the first chair loads at 9:00am sharp.
The second chair loaded amongst shrieks of joy, costumed weirdos, and donuts.
As the chairs continued to load, local radio station KSMT was there to keep the crowds entertained.
The Exhibition chair was servicing an intermediate run complete with a couple terrain park features.
As the first rider reached the bottom of the trail, the sun came out in full force. “It was great snow,” he exclaimed.
As the day progressed the sun continued to shine, the snow held up, and the line moved quickly.
A rail and a funbox were set up to the side of the trail to entertain the freeskiers and riders, who were pleasantly surprised to be out this early in the season.
Arapahoe Basin’s dedication to snow making really showed. The trail didn’t have a bare spot on it, but check out that dirt in the background!
Those 18 inches of man-made snow was all skiers and riders needed. The line moved very fast and everyone was ecstatic to be skiing in early October.
It was kind of a surreal view from Loveland Pass. Rumors have it that more snow is predicted for this weekend, so let’s hope for more trails asap!
Take a look at the opening day celebration photos, they’re wild and whacky.
Check out more photos of A-Basin opening.