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First Chair Spins At A-Basin, Ushering In the 2023–24 Ski Season

DILLON, COLORADO – The 2023-24 ski season officially kicked off in celebratory fashion in Colorado Ski Country USA at 8:30 am, on October 29, as Arapahoe Basin’s Black Mountain Express chairlift sent its first load of jubilant skiers and snowboarders through the opening day banner. As has become tradition, the first passengers were dedicated snow lovers, some of whom had begun their day with a pre-dawn parking lot breakfast—an avant ski, if you will.

The crowds arrived in good form, showing off Halloween costumes and enjoying the jubilant atmosphere of the official opening of Colorado’s legendary ski season—fittingly at the resort that’s Legendary for a Reason. Arapahoe Basin recently announced that October marks the first month it’s operating on 100% renewable electricity, which powers the lifts, buildings, electric vehicle chargers, and snowmaking.

Arapahoe Basin, along with several other Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas, have been making snow for the last couple of weeks to ensure they’re ready for the excited skiers and snowboarders looking to take their first turns of the 2023-24 season. Temperatures dropped and with snowmaking conditions improving, more Colorado resorts are expected to be firing up their lifts in the next few weeks.

If you haven’t already, now’s the time get your CSCUSA passes and cards and get ready… set… snow! 


“Ski resorts are always investing in the guest experience,” said Melanie Mills, CSCUSA president and CEO. “From new terrain to new food and beverage options and new housing and childcare options for their employees, the members of Colorado Ski Country USA have worked diligently throughout the summer to get ready for another incredible ski season.”