Arapahoe Basin opens second |

Arapahoe Basin opens second

Daily Staff Report

SUMMIT COUNTY – Arapahoe Basin will become the first ski area in Summit County to open today when Exhibition lift fires up at 9 a.m.

“I think this is our earliest opening on record,” said Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing for the Basin.

The High Noon run will be open from midway to the base area with just under 1,000 vertical feet of available terrain. Exhibition lift will run until 3:30 p.m.

“Then we’re all going over to the Dillon Dam Brewery for our opening day celebration,” Hierholzer said.

According to Hierholzer, snowmaking crews are now turning their attention to Ramrod, an intermediate run next to High Noon.

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Copper Mountain will also crank up its lifts Saturday when it opens Ptarmigan run on the upper mountain.

Roughly 900 vertical feet of terrain will be available via Excelerator lift. Intermediate terrain will be available by uploading and downloading Cin American Eagle lift. Last download will be at 3:45 p.m.

“Given the weather patterns, I think we’ll be able to open Main Vein shortly,” said spokesperson Beth Jahnigen. “But it is highly unlikely that it will be ready all the way to the bottom.”

Main Vein is an intermediate run that will link with Ptarmigan to provide over 2,000 vertical feet of available terrain.

Season passes are still available throughout Summit County. All four mountains are advertising Nov. 9 as the last day to buy passes. Prices are subject to change.

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