A-Basin will open Friday | SummitDaily.com

A-Basin will open Friday

JANE STEBBINS

SUMMIT COUNTY – Snowmakers are scrambling to put a deep base on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin in anticipation of the ski area’s 9 a.m. Friday opening.A-Basin is the second ski area in North America to open for the 2004-2005 season. Loveland Ski Area, just east of Summit County, opened last Friday with a base of 18 to 24 inches of natural and manmade snow.Friday at A-Basin, the High Noon ski run will be served by the Exhibition lift. That run goes 1,220 feet vertical and is a half-mile long.KSMT Radio will be conducting a live remote with music and prize giveaways.This is the third year A-Basin has made snow. They typically blow snow from October to January, which last year, enabled them to open six weeks earlier than usual.”That made all the difference in the world in terms of having a successful year,” said Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing and sales for the ski area.No one was waiting in the lot Wednesday afternoon, like they were at Loveland four days prior to that area’s opening.”We’ll probably have some people sleep over night,” Hierholzer said, adding that campers are only allowed to camp in the High Noon parking lot. “Everyone’s excited. It’s nice to see a new season begin and all the fun that goes along with it. We want to get it going, especially after Loveland opened.”The ski area received 6 inches of snow on Oct. 13, 2 inches last Monday, and 18 inches in September. That has been combined with the results of 14 nights of snowmaking.Hierholzer expects about 200 skiers and boarders to hit High Noon throughout the day Friday.”A lot of people will come and take a couple of runs and go home,” she said. “They filter through throughout the day.” Lift tickets are $37 for adults, $34 for youth aged 15 to 19 and $16 for kids aged 6 to 14.For more information, visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com or call toll free at 888-ARAPAHOE, ext. 2.-Jane StebbinsJane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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