Surprise! Arapahoe Basin Opened TODAY (11/9/20)

Surprise! Arapahoe Basin Opened TODAY (11/9/20)


Surprise! Arapahoe Basin Opened TODAY (11/9/20)


Arapahoe Basin began their Winter 2020-2021 season today, November 9th, 2020. The opening was fairly low-key, with one chairlift and one run. A-Basin made the surprise announcement using their social media accounts.

Fresh snow on opening day at Arapahoe Basin (11/9/20) Courtesy: Arapahoe Basin

So, what now?

Arapahoe Basin will be open 7 days a week for the remainder of the season. The ski area debuted with one run (High Noon) and one chair lift. A-Basin has stated they plan to open more terrain as conditions improve.

Courtesy: Arapahoe Basin

Are you planning on visiting A-Basin for some early-season turns? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tickets are only available online. No on-site/walkup tickets will be available. Ticket sales will be limited each day to help with capacity restrictions.
  • Arapahoe Basin and Mountain Collective passholders do NOT need to make reservations.
  • Ikon Pass holders DO need to make reservations to visit A-Basin (via Ikon).
  • High Noon is an intermediate run and there is no beginner skiing/riding available.
  • No uphill access yet.
  • No terrain park yet, but we hope very soon.

Fresh snowfall made for soft turns. Courtesy: Arapahoe Basin

A spokesperson for A-Basin told me that they decided to announce their 2pm opening with limited media exposure to avoid a huge turnout.

I’ve realized that there are only three things guaranteed in this crazy world of ours:

  1. Death
  2.  Taxes
  3. Arapahoe Basin does things their own way.

Arapahoe Basin Opening Day 11/9/20. Courtesy: Arapahoe Basin

Props to A-Basin for a safe opening, and for establishing policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 this season. You can read all of A-Basin’s operating policies and procedures here.

Have any pics or videos from Arapahoe Basin’s opening day? Email me!

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