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Arapahoe Basin Announces Opening Day for 2016-17 Season!

Photo Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area This morning at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Dave Camara, courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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 oftenthe first ski area in Colorado to open, many years battling with nearby Loveland Ski Area. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland are often the first ski area(s) 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. Weve 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 aprs 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 Marnies 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.

To see when your favorite Colorado Ski Country resort will open, please visit our Resorts Season Dates page.