Arapahoe Basin Ski Area closes early Wednesday due to ‘deteriorating conditions’ along highway |

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area closes early Wednesday due to ‘deteriorating conditions’ along highway

Members of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area's ski patrol assess snow conditions and terrain at A-Basin on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Courtesy Katherine Fuller, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced on its social media channels Wednesday afternoon that it will close early on Wednesday, at 2 p.m.

In its announcement, the ski area cited “deteriorating snow and avalanche conditions along Highway 6” as its reason for closing all operations at 2pm today.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, at 10:41 a.m., A-Basin closed its Montezuma Bowl terrain and Beavers terrain due to weather. A-Basin also closed uphill access Wednesday morning.

A-Basin’s early closure on Wednesday comes less than a week after stormy weather and unsafe avalanche conditions resulted in the ski area voluntarily closing its lifts last Thursday and Friday.

In a post on his blog Wednesday afternoon, A-Basin chief operating officer Alan Henceroth said the ski area will provide updates on the blog and on the A-Basin website regarding Thursday’s hours of operation.

Later Wednesday afternoon, Henceroth provided that updated regarding plans for Thursday.

“Tomorrow, at dawn’s early light,” Henceroth said on his blog, “A-Basin and CDOT will begin avalanche mitigation work along the highway and within the ski area. We are hoping for a normal or near-normal opening Thursday, depending on the mitigation results.”

Henceroth added that he plans to update his blog by Thursday at 8 a.m.

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