Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ski report: Spring in full swing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Posted for Nancy Yearout
RE/MAX Properties of the Summit, Breckenridge, Colorado

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It didn't take long for the first parking lot to fill at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Saturday. Officials stopped letting people park in the slope-side lot shortly after the lifts opened at 8:30 a.m.; cars were diverted to secondary lots.

By 9 it was the first day of spring all over again. Grills were being fired up, and the crowd parked front row at “the beach” was out in full force.

With a sunny weekend forecast and other area resorts closed, marketing manager Adrienne Saia Isaac said she expects this weekend to be one of the busiest of the season. She also credits the big snow earlier in the week.

“Wednesday was amazing,” said one skier. Both the traverse and hike on the East Wall were re-opened Wednesday after patrollers had a chance to run avalanche mitigation work.

A-Basin officials reported 72 inches of snow fell in April. Forecasts call for more sun through Monday with a chance of snow and colder temperatures mid-week.

Expect another nice day today with similar conditions.

“Montezuma Bowl was crusty this morning,” said Rich Linke of the Denver area, on Saturday. He suggested staying on the groomers until closer to midday.

“It was like skiing Pennsylvania,” said Sheila Pelczarski of Denver, referring to morning conditions.

By 11 a.m. the sun-soaked slopes softened considerably making for excellent spring skiing with good coverage. While there was a large turnout, lift lines were reasonable, as many were enjoying the beach scene and soaking in the warm sun on the decks at the base and at mid-mountain.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily  News