“There are those people who start thinking about skiing or riding as soon as the first snow hits, and I’m one of those people,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, the ski areas marketing and communications manager.
“Whether you are a novice skier or rider or have been doing for 30 years there’s nothing like getting out and sliding down the hill,” she said. “It never gets old.”
A-Basin is set to open on Sunday, Oct. 13 – four days earlier than last year, thanks to recent precipitation, low temperatures and snowmaking upgrades.
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 was just a perfect confluence of early-season snow, absolutely tremendous snowmaking and a little bit of good luck,” Isaac said.
A-Basin will be the first ski area in Colorado to open on Oct. 13. They will also be the first ski area in the United States to open and stay open for the season, A-Basin representatives said.
“This is a very exciting time for us, and all of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin vice president and COO in a press release. “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.”
The push to open the mountain has been a group effort, A-Basin representatives said.
“We’ve had the whole team out there. It’s an all hands on deck sort of thing to get open,” said Isaac.
Skier services that will start opening day include ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the A-Frame at the Legends Cafe and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports.
The $1 million renovation to A-Basin’s popular 6th Alley Bar & Grill is projected to last until late 2013, but a temporary bar will be set up in the A-Frame lodge. 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. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, one mug per customer.
Guests can find the guaranteed lowest price on A-Basin lift tickets by purchasing them in advance at ArapahoeBasin.com. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 20, 2013, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $67, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $55 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $32. Children under age 5 ski free every day all season.
A-Basin representatives said they hope the early start at A-Basin serves as a great kick-off to an amazing season.
“This early season precipitation I’m hoping is a good omen for the season. We had a really solid spring and I’d love to capitalize on that by keeping it going this winter,” Isaac said.