Arapahoe Basin to open Friday for new ski, snowboard season

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced Tuesday that it will open Friday for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area usually battle to be the first resorts to open in Colorado. Loveland has not announced an opening day. Arapahoe Basin opened on Oct. 21 last year.

The Black Mountain Express lift will give skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. The lift opens at 9 a.m.

“Mother Nature has been kind to the Basin,” Arapahoe Basin chief operating officer Alan Henceroth said. “It’s exciting to kick off the ski season earlier than usual, and welcome winter back to Colorado.”

Arapahoe Basin will continue to make snow as weather permits to open additional terrain soon.

An adult full-day lift ticket is $79 through Dec. 15 if purchased at the ski area’s ticket window.