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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to open Friday, October 13, 2017

Photo courtesy of Adrienne Saia Isaac at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Adrienne Saia Isaac at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season on Friday, October 13, 2017. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9:00 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. Arapahoe Basin is often one of the first ski areas to open in North America. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain.

Mother Nature has been kind to the Basin, said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. Its exciting to kick off the ski season earlier than usual, and welcome winter back to Colorado.

Skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance at Tickets can also be purchased at the mountain. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 15, 2017, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $79, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $67 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $39. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at

A snowboarder celebrates "First Chair" at Arapahoe Basin's Opening Day in 2016. A snowboarder celebrates “First Chair” at Arapahoe Basin’s Opening Day in 2016.

Skier services available starting opening day include ski and board rentals (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Kids Center (for both kids and adults) and retail sales at Arapahoe Sports (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options at the mountain will include: breakfast at Legends Caf 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.; 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 and purchasers must be 21 years of age.