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May 30, 2014
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area adds two more weekends in June to its ski season

SUMMIT COUNTY — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will extend its season again with two more weekends in June.

The resort announced the decision Friday to turn its lifts June 13-15 and June 20-22.

“We’re usually open for Mother’s Day weekend, but now the dads get their weekend,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, communications manager.

‘THE SKIING WA STILL REALLY GOOD’

When a storm came through Sunday, the ski area received precipitation somewhere between snow and hail called “graupel,” she said. A-Basin reported 3 inches of new snow Monday morning.

“The conditions looked really good, the skiing was still really good,” Isaac said. “At that point, we knew we could go further.”

Around 2 p.m. Friday, the base was receiving some rain and the temperature at the summit was 35 degrees, she said. If the temperatures dropped, then the ski area could see more snow, she said, which is not uncommon for this time of year.

Last May, the resort saw 15 days of snow that totaled 47 inches, including a storm that brought 6 inches on May 31. At this time last year, though, the base had about 20 fewer inches than what it does now, Isaac said.

Starting Monday, lifts won’t operate Mondays through Thursdays. Those who want to hike or skin the slopes during the week should check the ski area’s website to make sure uphill access is permitted that day.


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The VailDaily Updated May 30, 2014 05:55PM Published May 30, 2014 04:06PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.