Slow start for bookings at state ski resorts

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ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. -- Believe it or not it was one year ago Saturday when Arapahoe Basin celebrated opening day. This year, it seems like there is a long way to go.

There has been little snowfall in the high country through the first half of October and resorts are hoping when the snow does start to fall, it will bump up the bookings.

“We’re convinced that once winter arrives, and it will arrive, that we’ll see commensurate activity when it comes to booking,” Winter Park public relations director Steve Hurlbert said.

Bookings have been off to a slow start for most resorts in the state.

“Typically, once the snow starts flying, people get in the mood for skiing,” Hurlbert said.

If you are planning on buying a season pass or some other type of ticket package, and you want it at a sale price, you better do it soon.

“Now is absolutely the best time,” Hurlbert said. “The best savings are right now, right before all the areas open and you can still get a great deal. There’s a great misnomer that skiing is super expensive and that’s not the case if you book early.”

Winter Park’s opening day is set for Nov. 18.

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