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Arapahoe Basin scheduled to open today

Richard Chittick

SUMMIT COUNTY – Arapahoe Basin will become the first ski area in Summit County to open today when the Exhibition lift fires up at 9 a.m.

“I think this is our earliest opening on record,” said Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing for the Basin.

The High Noon run will be open from midway to the base area with just under 1,000 vertical feet of available terrain. The Exhibition lift will run until 3:30 p.m.

“Then we’re all going over to the Dillon Dam Brewery for our opening day celebration,” Hierholzer said.

According to Hierholzer, snowmaking crews are now turning their attention to Ramrod, an intermediate run next to High Noon.

Copper Mountain will also crank up its lifts Saturday when it opens the Ptarmigan run on the upper mountain.

Roughly 900 vertical feet of terrain will be available via the Excelerator lift. The intermediate terrain will be available by uploading and downloading on the American Eagle lift. Last download will be at 3:45 p.m.

“Given the weather patterns, I think we’ll be able to open Main Vein shortly,” said spokesperson Beth Jahnigen. “But it is highly unlikely that it will be ready all the way to the bottom.”

Main Vein is an intermediate run that will link with Ptarmigan to provide over 2,000 vertical feet of available terrain.

Season passes are still available throughout Summit County. All four mountains are advertising Nov. 9 as the last day to buy passes. Prices are subject to change.

Season Passes

* Arapahoe Basin

Season Pass: $179, unlimited skiing at Arapahoe Basin

Bonus Pass: $229, same as season pass with five days at Breckenridge and Keystone

* Copper Mountain

Season Pass: $274, unlimited skiing at Copper Mountain

Rocky Mountain Super Pass: $334, unlimited skiing at Copper Mountain and Winter Park

* Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek

Season Pass: $279, unlimited skiing at Keystone

Buddy Pass: $299, unlimited skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Keystone

Colorado Pass: $339, unlimited skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Keystone with 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek

* Loveland Ski Area: $269, unlimited skiing at Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin

Other resort deals are available at Web sites:

Arapahoe Basin: http://www.arapahoebasin.com

Beaver Creek: snow.beavercreek.com

Breckenridge:

breckenridge.snow.com

Copper Mountain: http://www.coppercolorado.com

Keystone: keystone.snow.com

Loveland Ski Area: http://www.skiloveland.com

Vail: vail.snow.com

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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