In a post on his popular blog, Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth announced Monday that the proposed upgrade to two chairlifts at the resort will go ahead as planned this summer, in spite of reduced revenue caused by closing early.
The new Molly Hogan and Pallavicini chairlifts will still go ahead because the ski area signed a contract to replace the lifts, has paid for about 40% of the replacement lifts, the lifts have already been substantially manufactured, and the project will provide work for 8-10 employees this summer.
We are moving forward with our plans to replace Molly Hogan and Pallavicini Chairlifts for a number of reasons. 1) We signed a contract to do so, 2) We have already paid for about 40% of the lifts, 3) The lifts are substantially manufactured and sitting out in Grand Junction and 4) By doing so, we can put about 8-10 more people to work this summer.
The COVID-19 Pandemic certainly tweaked our plans for selling off the actual chairs. We have every intention of doing a lottery to sell chairs and doing auctions to sell a few more. Those auction will be used to help three local non-profits (The Summit Foundation, Summit Community Care Clinic and the Family Intercultural Resource Center) as well a couple of our employees with medical needs.
In the coming weeks, we will be developing a new timeline for the chair sales. There will be lots of notice before we do anything. Pay attention to our social media channels for Pali updates. Click on the link below to sign up for email updates.
The lottery to sell-off old chairs to raise money for local charities will still go ahead, but due to the current situation will be on a different timescale. If you are interested you can sign up for updates, and/or keep up to date on social media.
Arapahoe Basin (often shortened to A-Basin, simply The Basin, or as it is known to locals, The Legend) is in the White River National Forest, CO in the Rocky Mountains. It is known for its extended season, often being the first resort in North America to open and usually staying open until early June, and sometimes into early July. Arapahoe Basin is located south of Loveland Pass on US Highway 6 in Summit County.