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1st Colorado ski area opened Friday -- Arapahoe Basin

Posted: 9:17 AM, Oct 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-21 17:55:55Z

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is the first ski area to open for the 2016-17 ski season in Colorado.

A-Basin opened at 9 a.m. Friday.

"We’ve been fortunate to have optimal conditions for our snowmaking team to get a base on the High Noon trail, and offer our guests skiing and snowboarding in October," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer.

There was one intermediate run open on Friday at Arapahoe Basin. The High Noon Trail is accessible via the Black Mountain Express lift.

Tickets for opening day through December 16 are $76 for adults, $64 for youth ages 15 to 18 and $38 for kids ages 6 to 14.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland both opened on the same day last year -- October 29.

Here's how that compares to the past 20 years (earliest opening Oct. 7, latest opening Oct. 28):

  • 2015: A-Basin & Loveland 10/29
  • 2014: A-Basin 10/17
  • 2013: A-Basin 10/13
  • 2012: A-Basin 10/17
  • 2011: Wolf Creek 10/8
  • 2010: Loveland 10/24
  • 2009: Loveland 10/7
  • 2008: A-Basin & Loveland 10/15
  • 2007: A-Basin 10/10
  • 2006: A-Basin 10/13
  • 2005: Loveland 10/14
  • 2004: Loveland 10/15
  • 2003: Loveland 10/28
  • 2002: Loveland 10/17
  • 2001: Copper Mtn. 10/17
  • 2000: Loveland 10/20
  • 1999: Loveland 10/19
  • 1998: Loveland 10/13
  • 1997: Loveland & Keystone 10/17
  • 1996: Loveland & Keystone 10/21

Loveland hopes to open next week.

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