Arapahoe Basin, CO Will OPEN on Friday the 13th of October! | First Ski Resort to Open in North America

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Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado will open for the season on Friday the 13th of October!

Arapahoe Basin will be the first ski resort to open in North America this season.

Arapahoe Basin will be open daily from Friday on.

A basin today at Black Mountain Lodge.

Lift ticket prices:

  • Adult (ages 19-69) $79
  • Adult half-day $67
  • Youth (ages 15-18) $67
  • Child (ages 6-14) $39
  • Child 5 & under FREE
  • Semi-Senior (ages 60-69) $74
  • Senior (age 70+) $35

Lifts Open:

  • Black Mountain Express

Operating Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Full details here:  Arapahoe Basin opening day 2017/18

A basin today at Snow Plume Refuge.

Loveland will not being opening on Friday, but they’re not far behind!

“Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on their Opening Day announcement! We are almost there, but will not be opening on Friday. Our snowmaking team is working hard to put the finishing touches on Home Run and we hope to have an announcement of our own very soon.” – Loveland, today

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to open Friday, October 13, 2017

by Arapahoe Basin 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season on Friday, October 13, 2017. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9:00 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. Arapahoe Basin is often one of the first ski areas to open in North America. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain.

“Mother Nature has been kind to the Basin,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “It’s exciting to kick off the ski season earlier than usual, and welcome winter back to Colorado.”

Skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance at Tickets can also be purchased at the mountain. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 15, 2017, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $79, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $67 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $39. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at

Skier services available starting opening day include ski and board rentals (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Kids Center (for both kids and adults) and retail sales at Arapahoe Sports (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options at the mountain will include: breakfast at Legends Café from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; full lunch and après service in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill starting at 10:30 a.m.; lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain) starting at 10:30 a.m. A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8:00 a.m. in Marnie’s Bar on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer and purchasers must be 21 years of age. 

Here’s to a fantastic 2017-18 season! We’re looking forward to having you back at the mountain.

About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin)

Founded in 1946, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado. Located high on the Continental Divide, A-Basin is known for its legendary terrain and breathtaking views. It’s also an authentic Colorado ski experience with a unique culture and vibe. Experience our fun, family-friendly events and gourmet culinary experiences throughout the season. Visit for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.


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