Arapahoe Basin draws crowd with spring snow |

Arapahoe Basin draws crowd with spring snow

Robert Allen
Summit County correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark FoxSkiers wait for shuttles as pullouts along Highway 6 were used for parking lots to Arapahoe Basin Saturday morning. The upper lots at the Basin filled up quickly as skiers and riders flocked to the resort for a spring powder day.

Crowds flocked to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on Saturday, where 11 inches of fresh snow had fallen by 5 a.m.

Shuttles brought folks to the ski area from along the road, where traffic was stop-and-go all the way down to Keystone.

The day also marked the eighth annual Marmot Grind, an uphill/downhill adventure race with $2,000 offered in prize money.

“Because we had so much snow, we had to change the course at the last minute,” A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer said. “We couldn’t do the East Wall, so we sent people back to the Montezuma Bowl for the second round.”

Snowfall also pushed the start time back an hour for the race division and a half-hour for the recreational division.

The ski area reported 21 inches from Thursday to Saturday, with powder conditions and a mid-mountain base of 52 inches. All the lifts and 69 percent of the terrain were open as of Saturday afternoon.

Loveland Ski Area on Saturday reported 12 inches in the preceding two days, with a 60 inch base and 91 percent of the area open.

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