Arapahoe Basin opens Friday for 2018-19 skiing and snowboarding season

Loveland will open Saturday, Oct. 20

DENVER – Arapahoe Basin is opening on Friday, becoming the second ski area in Colorado to open so far this year and the first in the northern half of the state.

A-Basin will start running the Black Mountain Express lift at 9 a.m. Friday, and skiers and snowboarders will be able to hit the High Noon run seven days a week.

Wolf Creek opened last Saturday – the first in North America to do so.

A-Basin says it has nearly two feet of natural snow and that snowmaking efforts have been productive so far.

A-Basin usually battles with Loveland Ski Area to be the first to open in Colorado. A-Basin opened last year on Oct. 13 – ahead of 2016’s Oct. 21 opening day.

Loveland will open on Saturday, however, the resort announced Tuesday. The Chet's Dream lift opens at 8:30 a.m. with access to the Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run runs.

Skiers services and the rental shop will open at 8 a.m. The mountain is open until 5 p.m., but the Black Mountain Express runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more on A-Basin’s opening day, click here. For more on when Colorado’s other resorts are set to open, click here.

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