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2016/17 North American Ski Season beings Friday, October 21!

Araphaoe Basin announced Wednesday morning that they are opening for the 2016/17 Winter season on Friday, October 21! No word yet from our friends at Loveland Ski Area on their opening date, but we are sure they are trying to get the lifts turning as soon as possible! Many other Colorado Resorts are also blowing snow. Check the Events Calendar for all of the opening dates and festivities! Read more on this very exciting news from Arapahoe Basin's press release below!


Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announces opening day for 2016-17 ski and ride season

Ski area will kick off its 70th season this Friday 

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season on Friday, October 21, 2016. Starting at 9:00 a.m., skiers and snowboarders will be able to access the intermediate High Noon trail via the Black Mountain Express lift. Arapahoe Basin is generally the first ski area in Colorado to open, and also often the first ski area to open its lifts to the public in North America.

“This is going to be a tremendous start to the ski season at Arapahoe Basin and in the state of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve been fortunate to have optimal conditions for our snowmaking team to get a base on the High Noon trail, and offer our guests skiing and snowboarding in October.”

Tickets and passes are on sale at or on-site from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 16, 2016, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $76, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $64 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $38. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at

Other skier services available on opening day include ski and board rentals in the Winter Sports Center (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and retail sales, temporarily located in the Kids Center (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options include: limited hot and grab-and-go breakfast items at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; full lunch and après service in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill starting at 10:30 a.m.; and lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain) starting at 10:30 a.m. A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8:00 a.m. in Marnie’s Bar on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer – must be 21 years of age. 

Cellular service and wireless internet are limited at Arapahoe Basin on opening day. The only cell carrier with service is AT&T. Wi-Fi at A-Basin is much more robust than in past seasons, but it is open to the public and will likely be limited for upload/download due to the size of the anticipated crowd. If you expect to upload large media files, you may want to consider heading toward the town of Dillon where there is more reliable phone coverage.

Outlets with satellite trucks should contact Adrienne or Leigh by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016, to arrange parking. Parking at Arapahoe Basin is free in the Early Riser, High Noon and Last Chance lots. All parking is first-come, first-served. There is no media parking in the Administration Lot (the pay lot with the flag poles) without prior approval from A-Basin management. There is NO DRIVING ON THE SNOW SURFACE. Please leave all vehicles in the parking lots.

Here’s to a spectacular 2016-17 season!

About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin)
Located high on the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, from mid-October through early June. A-Basin’s legendary Pallavicini and East Wall terrain offers some of the best extreme skiing in Colorado. Pika Place and Molly Hogan learning areas feature mellow terrain for first-time and younger skiers and riders. Experience our fun, family-friendly events and unique dining experiences throughout the season. Visit for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.

Photo: Dave Camara/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (10.19.2016)

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