Hello! I’m Juliana Broste, aka “TravelingJules,” Colorado Ski Country’s new Mountain Correspondent. With great honor, we kicked off the 2013-2013 ski season with a bang at A-Basin on Sunday, October 13, 2013. A-Basin is proud to be the first ski resort open–not just in Colorado–but in the whole country! Dedicated skiiers and riders came out to celebrate opening day with an impressive lift line queue building up before sunrise! Enthusiasts loaded Black Mountain Express to mid-mountain and made turns down High Noon, with an adventurous crowd peeling off into High Divide Terrain Park. The crowd did not die off early, the lines lasted up until 4 o’clock closing. Cheers to the winter season! Bring on the snow!
As another winter weather system blanketed Ski Country on Monday, we received that happy news that Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2013-2014 season on Thursday, October 17.
Chair 1 will start at 9:00am and will provide skiers and riders with access to one top-to-bottom run. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run, which is a over a mile long and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
“Our snowmaking crew has done a tremendous job getting the mountain ready for Opening Day”, said Rob Goodell, director of business operations. “The snow guns are still firing and there is more snow in the forecast, so the first turns of the season are going to be exceptional.”
Loveland Ski Area will be open from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $49 for adults and $25 for children 6-14.
Loveland Ski Area season passes are now on sale and include three free days at Monarch Mountain, three free days at Durango Mountain Resort (does not apply to mid-week passes), three free days at Crested Butte (does not apply to mid-week passes), and one unguided day at Silverton Mountain.
Unrestricted 4-Paks are also available online for just $129 ($32.25/day) at skiloveland.com through November 24, 2013.
Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is underway today as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. At 8:30a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin’s opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead. (continue reading…)
Looking to ski for free this winter – well how about for the rest of your life? Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a Lifetime Pass to Winter Park, sponsored by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, all proceeds raised from raffle ticket sales will support the National Sports Center for the Disabled therapeutic and recreation programs. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold now through October 18.
For more information, visit http://nscd.thankyou4caring.org/pages/lifetimepass.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced earlier today that Sunday, October 13, 2013, will mark the official start to the Colorado ski and snowboard season. Early-season snow, low temperatures and snowmaking upgrades allowed A-Basin to open four days earlier than last season. The Black Mountain Express lift will start at 8:30 a.m. MST to shuttle guests to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain.
“This is a very exciting time for us, and all of Colorado,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve had tremendous early season snowmaking and natural snow, and we can’t wait to kick off the 2013-14 ski and ride season.”
Skier services that will start opening day include ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the A-Frame at the Legends Cafe, and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports. The $1 million renovation to A-Basin’s popular 6th Alley Bar & Grill is projected to last until late 2013, but a temporary bar will be set up in the A-Frame lodge. A-Basin Mug Club sales will take place as normal on opening day; mugs are $40 and entitle the owner to discounts in the 6th Alley Bar and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, one mug per customer.
Guests can find the guaranteed lowest price on A-Basin lift tickets by purchasing them in advance at ArapahoeBasin.com. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 20, 2013, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $67, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $55 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $32. Children under age 5 ski free every day all season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at ArapahoeBasin.com.
Colorado Ski Country is the beneficiary of a fall snowstorm that swept through the state overnight, leaving resorts with a season mixture of fall colors and wintery conditions.
Teasing eager skiers and snowboarders, the fresh snow is a reminder that Colorado’s Opening Day of ski season is not far away. Thanks to the recent storm, in excess of 10 inches are atop Winter Park Resort, 9 inches have collected at Powderhorn, approximately 6 inches have fallen at Arapahoe Basin, Aspen/Snowmass and Loveland each have up to 5 inches from the storm, and Copper is reporting 3 inches in their base area.
Four resorts are making snow as conditions permit. Loveland Ski Area was the first resort to start making snow, beginning last week, and was quickly followed the same day by perennial Opening Day challenger Arapahoe Basin. Earlier this week, Copper Mountain launched snowmaking operations and Telluride followed suit.
As snowmaking continues, and as natural snow falls, resorts anticipate opening in a matter of weeks. A full list of scheduled open dates can be found at http://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates.