SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Snow is finally falling in the high country which made opening day at Arapahoe Basin even that much cooler.

A-Basin was the first ski resort to open its doors and get the chair lift running, welcoming skiers and snowboarders for the 2022-23 season.

Some winter enthusiasts went as far as camping out to be the first on the chair when the lifts start running.

  • Colorful snowboarder heads down slopes at Arapahoe Bas
  • Lift at Arapahoe Basin on opening day
  • Skiers/boarders ready for A-Basin to open
  • Dog and owner at Arapahoe Basin opening day
  • First runs open at Arapahoe Basin
  • Opening day slopes at A-Basin
  • Snowy lift rides at Arapahoe Basin on opening day
  • Skier hits opening day at Arapahoe Basin
  • Mountain rescue ready on opening day at A-Basin
  • Skiers get creative with costumes on opening day at A-Basin
  • Campers up and ready to go when lifts open at A-Basin on opening day
  • Campers before opening day at Arapahoe Basin
  • People camping out waiting for Arapahoe Basin's opening day
  • Skier hits slopes at A-Basin on opening day
  • Skiers and boarders head up lift at A-basin on opening day
  • Skier at A-Basin opening day
  • Snowbiker at Arapahoe Basin on opening day
  • Snowboarder at A-Basin on opening day
  • Lift open at Arapahoe Basin on opening day
  • A-Basin staff welcomes riders and skiers on opening day
  • Snowboarders and skiers head up the lift at Arapahoe Basin on opening day
  • Snowboarders head up first chair at A-Basin on opening day
  • First chair on opening day at Arapahoe Basin
  • Snowboarders hit the slopes at A-Basin on opening day
  • Arapahoe Basin staff enjoying snow on opening day
  • Staff at Arapahoe Basin welcoming skiers and riders on opening day

“We already have a few people getting in line for the chair tomorrow they will spend the night out there,” Whitney Henceroth, the senior brand manager at Arapahoe Basin told FOX31’s Courtney Fromm on Saturday.  

Road safety when snow moves into the high country

The snow moved into the high country Sunday afternoon catching some drivers off guard. But the Colorado Department of Transportation reminds travelers to be prepared when the weather changes and make sure to have a blanket in their car, a fully charged cell phone and water when traveling to the mountains.

CDOT had plows out clearing slick roads Sunday afternoon into the evening hours. At some points, parts of Interstate 70 were closed for safety reasons as roads continues to worsen.