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Arapahoe Basin, Loveland ski areas open this weekend

Summit Daily Staff Report
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will open Friday, Oct. 19.
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will open for the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season on Friday, Oct. 19. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail seven days a week. Arapahoe Basin is often one of the first ski areas to open in North America. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain.

 “With nearly two feet of natural snow combined with the low temperatures for snowmaking we’ve been able to create a quality base for Friday’s opening,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer, in a statement. “We’re excited to get the ski season started.” 

Skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance at Tickets can also be purchased at the mountain. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through Dec. 21, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $85, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $70 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $41. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at

Skier services, available starting opening day, include ski and board rentals (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Rental Shop (for both kids and adults) and retail sales at Arapahoe Sports (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options at the mountain will include: the 6th Alley Bar & Grill open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain) starting at 10:30 a.m. A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8 a.m. in Marnie’s Bar on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer and purchasers must be 21 years of age.

Loveland Ski Area will open Saturday, Oct. 20.

“Thanks to lots of hard work from our skilled snowmaking team and 2 feet of snow from Mother Nature, we are excited to announce that Loveland Ski Area will open with exceptional early season conditions this Saturday,” said Rob Goodell, Loveland chief operating officer, in a statement. “We hope this early season snow is the start of a generous winter and invite everyone to join us on Saturday as we kick-off another long and powder packed season at Loveland.”

Chet’s Dream will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18-inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run which is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.

“This year Opening Day is even more special as Chet’s Dream, our new high-speed lift, will carry the first skiers and riders of its tenure here at Loveland,” continued Goodell. “This new lift will provide our guests with quicker and more reliable access to some of our most popular terrain while honoring ski industry pioneer and Loveland patriarch, Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr.”

Loveland Ski Area also opened on Oct. 20 last season. Loveland’s snowmakers will continue to make snow on Home Run and around the base of Chet’s Dream this week before moving on to opening additional terrain.

Lift operation hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $65 for adults and $31 for children 6-14.

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Opening Day is Saturday, October 20! We will kick-off the 2018/19 season with some fresh snow and a new lift. Chet’s Dream opens at 8:30am with access to Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. Come help us celebrate the start of another long and snowy season at Loveland!

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