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Skiing Still in Session at A-Basin

A-BasinOn the heels of legendary snow accumulations in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Range, the Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort announced it is offering summer skiing in 2011.

From this point, until June 5, the slopes at A-Basin will be open seven days a week. The mountain will then reopen for a summer session over two three-day weekends (June 10-12 and June 17-19).

In a resort press release COO of Arapahoe Basin, Alan Henceroth said, “Having our greatest season in years, ideally we would like to stay open on the weekends until the Fourth of July, but it’s too early to know what the conditions will be to make that call.”

In total, A-Basin received more than 420-inches of snow over the 2010-11 ski season, including 15” just last week. The resort is boasting a 96” snow base, a perfect foundation for extending the ski season into the non-traditional summer months.

The Fourth of July might be a stretch, but for hardcore powderheads, staying open this late is a welcomed invitation to keep skiing and snowboarding long past what anyone expected when the season began in October.

In terms of the actual nuts and bolts of this summer ski season, A-Basin announced the following details:

During Arapahoe Basin’s Summer Season, the ski area will open at 8:30 a.m. with two lifts serving top to bottom skiing. Black Mountain Express will close at 2:00 p.m. and Lenawee Mountain Lift will close at 2:30 p.m.

Lift tickets at the A-Basin ticket window will be $39 for adults, $29 for youths (ages 15-19) and $19 for children (ages 6-14) during the Summer Season. No other discount or lift ticket offer will be accepted during this period. All season passes and pre-purchased lift tickets valid at A-Basin during the regular season will be valid during this Summer Season. 

Other resorts around the country, mostly in the West, will follow suit with A-Basin. In places like Lake Tahoe (home to Northstar and Squaw Valley) along with Mammoth Mountain (also in CA) and Snowbird (in Utah), the ski season is being extended into the summertime.

According to Arapahoe Basin, this is the first time the resort has stayed open this late and offered summer skiing. It is uncertain of how profitable business might be, but willing to see if it catches on.

-Ryan O'Leary

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