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The girls—Shaun Raskin, Megan Michelson, Louise Sanseau, Martha Burly, and Paige Brady—and their RV. Photo: Kevin Klein, www.kevinkleinphotography.com

At exactly 9 a.m. on October 13, 2006, Arapahoe Basin cranked up its Exhibition chair lift and sent skiers and snowboarders off for the first official run of the season in Colorado. Jeff Meyer, 26, Nate Dogggg, 26, and Trailer Tom, 26, camped out all night to get the opportunity to ride Colorado’s first official chair lift ride for the sixth year in a row. The first chair was dedicated to former Summit Daily News photographer Brad Odekirk, who died last summer in a freak accident. “I don’t think there was anybody in the county who knew as many people as he did, said photographer Bob Winsett. “He was a well-loved guy, that’s for sure.

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Last year, Arapahoe Basin trailed Loveland by just one week. “We have wanted this title for a very long time and we’re excited to see it finally come to fruition, stated Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin general manager and COO. “Our entire team has put in tremendous effort to make this happen and they can all be proud.
Photo Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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Not only did A-Basin open earlier than it ever has before, but it also managed to get three features open in the High Divide Terrain Park. You can tell two things from this photo: 1) Everyone was eager to work on their skills; and 2) the schools in Summit County must have been pretty empty.

Paige, Shaun, and Martha enjoying the view of the Chugach. Photo: Kevin Klein, www.kevinkleinphotography.com

Left to right: Nate Dogggg, 26, of Breckenridge, Trailer Tom, 26, of Silver Plume, and Jeff Meyer, 27, of Silver Plume, spent more than 20 hours waiting for Arapahoe Basin to open so they could get the first chair lift ride. Because the resort didn’t allow them to pitch a tent, they camped out in sleeping bags and comfy chairs at the edge of the lift line. It didn’t help matters that the threesome got dusted with snow after the resort turned on its snow guns late in the night. “It was freezing, Dogggg said. “But it was worth it. We got the first chair.

 The Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club recently awarded this resort for extraordinary dedication to protection of the environment.  Crystal…

This is one of about 25 snow guns that worked overtime to help A-Basin become the first ski resort in North America to open for the 2006-07 season. Mountain operations manger Tim Finnigan said he had two crews working 12-hours shifts for several days to make sure the conditions were right for opening day.

On the last night of their trip, a full moon lit the sky, and the girls decided to huck off the RV one at a time onto a ramp. The next morning, they…

About 1,000 skiers and snowboarders showed up on opening day at Arapahoe Basin. It was the earliest opening in the 60-year history of the resort in eastern Summit County. The resort opened 1,200 vertical feet of skiing from the Exhibition chair lift, including three terrain features in the High Divide Terrain Park.

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Ashley Kapron and Katherine Bunjevac stripped off a few layers as the sun warmed up the mountain. The 20-year-old juniors at Colorado State University in Fort Collins promised to strip down to their bikini tops after a few more runs, but we never found them again. “She’s missing class today, but I don’t have any classes on Friday, Bunjevac said. “That way I can ski every Friday. Now that’s smart thinking.

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The new snowmaking system on Highnoon at A-Basin proved to be effective. A-Basin won the race for the first time in six seasons
Photo Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

When you’re too cheap to go heli-skiing in Valdez, Alaska, you hike for your turns. That’s what we’re doing here.  Photo: Shaun Raskin

This sign was most likely just a precautionary notice drive by the legal department, but it probably wasn’t a great day for beginners to make wedge turns. It got crowded in a few places, but there was plenty room to rip, no matter what kind of gear you had or what kind of skills you possessed.

Gearing up for a tour off Thompson Pass.  Photo: Kevin Klein,www.kevinkleinphotography.com

Jay Brossman, 77, and Sally Kinzey, 72, were among those who hit the slopes on opening day at Arapahoe Basin. The couple skied 250 days last season and wanted to make sure they didn’t wait to get their first day this year. They took four runs and they headed back home to Frisco. But they promised they’d be back the next day. And the day after that, and the day after that, and so on. “We ski every day, Brossman says. “I might be one of the oldest people out here, but I enjoy it.

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Highnoon at Arapahoe Basin is the first run to open for the 2006-07 season.
Photo Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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Opening day at Loveland.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

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Fresh snow always helps the groomers, especially this time of year.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

If you’re gonna take a shot, make your friends do it too with a homemade shot-ski.  Get a few shot glasses together, superglue them to an old ski,…

Grommets waiting to jib for the first time of the season.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

Planting a tomato garden?  You’ll need stakes.  Don’t have stakes?  You guessed it: Use your old ski poles to guide the little guys as they grow.

The first rail slides of the season.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

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Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

If you don’t want the hassle of driving over to the hardware store and dealing with throngs of BBQ-grill-seeking sunbathers while you lug around a…

Patrolling the first runs of the season.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area

Skis and snowboards are a natural for shelving items, and for creating entertaining DIY projects for those long summertime weekends.  Turn them into…

A jib session to start the season.
Photo Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area