Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened earlier today, becoming the first ski area in North America to open for the 2006/07 season.
A-Basin opened today at 9 a.m., beating its earliest-ever opening by nine days, and winning the rivalry with Loveland Ski Area to be the first mountain in the U.S. and Canada to kick off the season.
Loveland has won the race for the past six seasons, but this year A-Basin put on the push and it paid off.
“I think it’s the challenge of being the first ski area open in the nation, the publicity, being the ones that can kick off the ski season for Colorado and the nation and all the excitement attributed to that,” said A-Basin spokesperson Leigh Hierholzer
.A-Basin will start the season with an 18-inch base and 1,200 vertical feet of skiing on the intermediate-level High Noon trail, accessed by the Exhibition Lift, Hierholzer said. The High Divide Terrain Park will be set up with three features and can be access from High Noon, she said.
The mountain will stay open until 4 p.m. today. Weekend hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices on opening day are $43 for adults, $38 for teenagers and $19 for kids ages 6 to 14. Rentals will be available.