Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to open Beavers terrain Saturday |

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to open Beavers terrain Saturday

A-Basin chief operating officer: 'This is a big powder day'

Skiers carve turns in fresh powder last winter in The Beavers terrain expansion at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. A-Basin announced Friday morning that a portion of The Beavers will open to the public Saturday.
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DILLON — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Chief Operating Officer Al Henceroth wrote in a blog post Friday morning that the ski area’s Beavers lift and terrain will open for the season Saturday morning.

Henceroth said the ski area has received a foot of new snow since the latest storm rolled in Thursday, with another foot or more on the way.

“Mother Nature has provided,” Henceroth wrote in the post.

“The Beavers will open Saturday morning,” he continued. “The exact time will be dictated by weather events the next 24 hours. We will start with (ski runs) Loafer and Davis and, I suspect, additional terrain will follow. The skiing out there is awesome.”

Henceroth added that the storm system has been good for the ski area’s north side, or front-side, terrain. He described the scene Friday morning at A-Basin, where the ski area’s snow safety teams were out running routes while the snow was coming down so hard that he could barely see the Black Mountain Express’ fourth tower up the hill from his window.

“As the morning progresses, more snow falls and the patrollers complete their work, a few treats may be available,” he wrote.

On Wednesday, Henceroth wrote on his blog that the ski area was “poised to have all kinds of skiing available very soon.”

“Already, the quality of the skiing is outstanding,” Henceroth wrote Wednesday. “Much of the terrain available from the top of (the) Pali (lift) has been skied and is packed. The patrollers are working in the Steep Gullies (terrain) today. All the lifts are ready to go. The snowmakers are finishing up a stellar job on Norway. Trevor is track packing Davis with the winch cat for the second time. Loafer is not far behind. We have a really good forecast for snow Thursday night thru Sunday. Conditions wise, we are in the perfect spot, ready to receive and capitalize on this next storm. … And the cat drivers are already 80% of the way down (the) Columbine (run) to the bottom of Zuma Lift” on the ski area’s back side terrain.

As of Friday morning, A-Basin was reporting a 37-inch base with powder conditions after 10 inches of new snowfall in the past 24 hours. Uphill access was closed at the ski area Friday morning due to the storm.

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