Arapahoe Basin, CO Website Crashed Under Demand for Tickets For Today’s Re-Opening

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This is how COVID-19 era staff meetings look. Credit: A-Basin

Demand for tickets to Arapahoe Basin’s second opening day of the season was so great it crashed their online store within minutes, forcing the resort to adopt a daily random drawing system. The drawing will randomly select 570 season pass holders and 30-day tickets.

Due to high demand the online store is currently down and we are not able to take reservations. We will have a new system up and running by Tuesday, May 26. Please check back midday for more information.

– Arapahoe Basin Twitter

The Colorado ski area announced on Sunday that they would be reopening on Wednesday, May 27th, something they’ve been planning for two months, reports the Summit Daily.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis gave the resort the thumbs up to reopen and during a press conference yesterday had this to say:

“Arapahoe Basin in Summit County is opening (Wednesday) with strict precautions for the lift lines, a mask requirement. It’s skiing for the athletic fun of skiing. … If anybody’s been to A-Basin on a normal June skiing day or May skiing day, you know it’s a party-like environment on the base and even on the mountains. That’s not what this is. This is skiing for skiing.”

– Colorado Governor Jared Polis

The 600 skiers allowed on the mountain will have access to two beginner runs, 18 intermediate runs, and one advanced run along with Black Mountain Express, Lenawee Mountain, and Pallavicini lifts.

All-day yesterday, staff were preparing for Opening Day 2.0 by sanitizing, setting up signage and lift mazes, and making sure the runs are safe and groomed. Arapahoe Basin received 6″ of fresh snow on Monday and has a 40″ base.

They are going to stay open as long as they can and have not announced a closing date yet.

“We have been given an extraordinary opportunity. We need to take this very seriously and we need to respect the guidance given by our Summit County and State of Colorado health officials. We have to open in a responsible way. We need everyone to help.

1. Skier numbers will be limited. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION. We will sell a very small number of lift tickets. The vast majority of the available space will be reserved at no cost for pass holders, including A-Basin only, A-Basin anyday, Ikon and Mountain Collective passes.. Not everyone will get the chance to ski every day.

2. Tailgating and social gatherings will be prohibited. We can party next season. The re-opening is all about giving people a chance to ski and ride.
3. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced. You will be required to wear a face mask in the base area, in the lift line, in restrooms and other places.”

Arapahoe Basin, 5/24/20

Lifts Open:

  • Pallavicini Lift (serving West Wall and Grizzly Road, while conditions last)
  • Black Mountain Express Lift
  • Lenawee Lift

Hour of Operation:

  • Lift hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Reservations required)
  • Uphill access: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (A-Basin Uphill Access Pass required; must be off the hill by 8:00 a.m.)
  • Parking lot gates will be locked 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.
  • Please do not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.


Arapahoe Basin, CO reopening 2020

Social distancing, masks, and reservations will be required to ski and ride.

No tailgating.

Thus far, only 2 other ski resorts have reopened:  Timberline Lodge, OR, and Mt. Bachelor, OR, although Bachelor closed on 24th May.

Beartooth Basin, MT/WY will open for the summer ski season on May 30th.

Full Arapahoe Basin reopening details below:

Arapahoe Basin, CO Reopening Requirements:

Images: Arapahoe Basin

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