New building at A-Basin base to be ready early next year |

New building at A-Basin base to be ready early next year

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) ” A new $1 million rental and repair shop at the base of the Arapahoe Basin ski area should be open for business around Jan. 1.

At 7,500 square feet, the new building will be about triple the size of the former base building that was torn down shortly after the ski area closed last season. Construction on the new facility was under way by mid-June, said director of mountain operations Alan Henceroth.

The new building will house a rental and repair shop, restrooms, waiting area and several caretaker apartments.

Once it is done, it will look similar to the green and white A-frame-style main lodge and the ski patrol building also at the base.

The new building will allow A-Basin to offer more rental skis and snowboards and to better serve large groups. The ski area also will be able to do full tunes, beyond just waxing and basic tuning.

“We’re going to have a repair shop with state-of-the-art equipment,” said A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Heirholzer. “This will be a place where locals want to come and tune their skis.”

Even the bar will see changes, with A-Basin planning to step up the number of live music acts.

As for long-term plans, the 490-acre ski area is hoping to expand into Montezuma Bowl in the backcountry to add 400 more acres of skiable terrain. That would not happen until at least the 2006-2007 season.

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