Arapahoe Basin To Open Oct. 13

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SAM Magazine—Arapahoe Basin, Colo., Oct. 11, 2013—Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will open Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, marking the official start to the Colorado ski and snowboard season. Early-season snow, low temperatures and snowmaking upgrades have made it possible for A-Basin to open four days earlier than last season.

The Black Mountain Express lift will start at 8:30 a.m. to shuttle guests to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain.

“This is a very exciting time for us, and all of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin vice president and COO. “We’ve had tremendous early season snowmaking and natural snow, and we can’t wait to kick off the 2013-14 ski and ride season.”

Skier services will include ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the base-area A-Frame at the Legends Cafe, and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports. A-Basin Mug Club sales will take place as normal on opening day; mugs are $40 and entitle the owner to discounts in the 6th Alley Bar and a free beer to kick off the season.
Current lift ticket window pricing will run through Dec. 20, 2013, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $67, youth (ages 15-18) at $55 and child (ages 6-14) at $32. Children under age 5 ski free every day all season. Guests can get the lowest price, guaranteed, by purchasing in advance at


Arapahoe Opening

Larry Jump must be smiling down on this early season opening. Congrats!