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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area targets December open for new Beavers lift

This photo from late September shows the newly-installed towers for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area's new Beavers chairlift.

With his ski area's season-opening less than a day away, on Thursday afternoon Arapahoe Basin Ski Area chief operating officer Alan Henceroth shared information about when A-Basin hopes to open its new Beavers chairlift.

"We are still working hard at getting the Beavers Chairlift finished," Henceroth wrote. "The wire rope will be installed over the next couple of days and the rope splice will occur early next week. Soon after the splice, the carriers (the chairs) will be attached to the line.

"Throughout all of this," the COO continued, "there is a lot of work being done by the electricians. We anticipate the Acceptance Test (Load Test) to be completed the first week of November. That gives us plenty of time for a Beavers Chairlift December opening."

The new quad lift will serve 339 acres of A-Basin's 468-acre terrain expansion into The Beavers and Steep Gullies. The double-black diamond Steep Gullies terrain will not be serviced by this lift and requires a 30-minute hike.