Go Play: A-Basin extends Colorado ski season into mid-June
ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. — After reporting nearly 50 inches of snow in May, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will extend the Colorado ski and ride season for at least one bonus weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 12-14. The ski area originally planned to close on Sunday, June 7, but winter reappeared in mid-April, dropping over 84 inches of snow on the ski area since April 16. A-Basin’s high base elevation of 10,780 feet, as well as recent cold temperatures, allow the ski area to remain open longer than any ski area in the state. A-Basin opened for the season on Oct. 17, 2014, and is one of only three ski areas still open in North America.
“With our snowy and cool spring weather, the skiing conditions are better than we have seen for years at this time in May,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin vice president and chief operating officer. “We will be re-opening for at least one more long weekend.”
Regular ski area operations will continue through Sunday, June 7. After June 7, all ski lifts and skier services will be closed Monday through Thursday. The ski area will reopen for lift-served skiing on Friday, June 12, and remain open through Sunday, June 14, with limited skier services. During the bonus weekend, the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Terrain availability will be dependent on conditions; be sure to check our Terrain Status page before arriving at the mountain.
All information about skier services during our bonus “summer skiing” weekend can be found at http://www.arapahoebasin.com/summerski. Continue to check online as information will be updated as the bonus weekend approaches.
All 2014-15 and 2015-16 Arapahoe Basin season passes, the A-Basin Spring 2015 Pass and all 2014-15 Vail Resorts season passes are valid for our bonus weekend. Lift tickets for June 12-14 will be priced at $54 for adults (ages 19-69), $44 for youth (ages 15-18) and $32 for children (ages 6-14). Children ages 5 and under ski free; seniors ages 70 and up ski for $25 per day. Discounted single-day tickets for June 12-14 can be purchased in advance at http://www.tickets.arapahoebasin.com.
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Guests who wish to ski for the majority of the bonus weekend can purchase a special two-day ticket for $79 for adults (ages 19-69) and $52 for children (ages 6-14); guests skiing all weekend June 12-14 can purchase a three-day ticket at $108 for adults and $64 for children. These special tickets are valid during our bonus weekend only.
Last season, late-spring storms allowed A-Basin to extend its season through June 22, 2014. Any further extensions to the 2014-15 season will be announced at a later date. A-Basin has remained open until July 4th several times in its history (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2011). The latest A-Basin has been open was August 10, 1995.
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