Yep, A-Basin, CO is gonna be open tomorrow. Hell, they’ve only been closed for 100 days since their last day of operation on July 4th, 2011. A-Basin is another cool, core mountain in Colorado, like Wolf Creek, that “gets it.” These guys understand how snow freaks feel: It’s super exciting to ski really late or really early in the ski season. Especially if the conditions are great.
Why is that so hard for all the other resorts to understand? We still feel kinda gypped (is that a slur?) in Tahoe that our resorts didn’t stay open daily or at least weekend-ly through July 4th.
Open: Black Mountain Express, High Noon, Banana Terrain Park, 6th Alley Bar
No beginner terrain will be open, only intermediate
0” in last 24 hours. 0” in past 3 days.
$59 adults, 49 teen (15-18), $30 kids (6-14)
Limited snowsports school lessons
Radio stations KYSL KSMT will be on mountain doing live shows and blasting tunes
It’s gonna be a party in true A-Basin style; these guys know how to party in a parking lot
What isn’t clear is what other days they’ll be open. We’re assuming they’ll be open for the weekend then close again during the week.
Full press release below and more info here arapahoebasin.com:
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 12, 2011 – After a great week of snowmaking and several fresh inches of snow, Arapahoe Basin ski area officials announce that opening day for the 2011-2012 ski season will be Thursday, October 13, 2011. The ski area has only been closed 100 days since last season ended on July 4, 2011.
Black Mountain Express will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run along with several features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.
A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who passed away this year will take place before the lifts open to the public.
Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $59, youth tickets age 15 – 18 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30. The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snowsports lessons will be available on a limited basis.
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.
A-Basin’s Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $389. The Bonus pass holder receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2011-2012 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. To purchase your pass or check snow conditions go to www.arapahoebasin.com.