Arapahoe Basin to kick off ski season Wednesday

KEYSTONE, Colo. - Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announces it will open Wednesday morning, making it the first resort to kick off the Colorado ski and snowboard season.

The Black Mountain Express lift will start at 9 a.m., carrying skiers and riders to the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain, A-Basin officials said.

"We're extremely excited to be the first ski area to open in Colorado," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin chief operating officer. "The staff and I can't wait to see skiers and riders out on the hill having fun. That's what we live for."

New at A-Basin for the 2012-2013 season is the Pika Place Learning Area, scheduled to open in November. Situated in the base area next to the Black Mountain Express lift, Pika Place is geared toward younger guests and first-time skiers and riders, the resort said.

Pika Place features a new trail, a new conveyor lift and Ace's Kids Park, a beginner-level terrain park with smaller versions of popular features found in A-Basin's other two terrain parks.