Arapahoe Basin, CO, just announced on its social media that the resort will be opening for the 2022/23 season on Sunday. They will be the first Colorado resort to open this winter.
A-Basin has been making snow since October 9th, and with a snowstorm set to dump multiple inches on Colorado mountains this weekend, we might just have some opening day powder.
A-Basin will open with the Black Mountain Express lift serving the High Noon run. The lift will start at 8:30 am and through to 4 pm. The resort warns that early season conditions exist and opening day is not a beginner experience.
Three midwest resorts already kicked off the season earlier this week. Wild Mountain, MN, Andes Tower Hills, MN, and Trollhaugen Outdoor and Recreation Area, WI all opened on artificial snow with a tow rope, magic carpet, and chairlift, respectively.
Arapahoe Basin hasn’t won the race to open since 2019, when it pipped Keystone by a matter of hours. Last season it opened on October 17th.
Elsewhere in Colorado, Copper Mountain looks like they could start lifts turning at any moment, although they will only be open for ski teams’ training. Loveland and Keystone, who both began snowmaking the same week as Arapahoe Basin, have already said it’s unlikely they will open this week, reports the Denver Post. Breckenridge started snowmaking yesterday and Vail on October 13th, both targeting a November 11th opening day.