Arapahoe Basin opens for the season Thursday, October 13

Colorado's 2011/2012 ski season kicked off last week with the opening of Wolf Creek Ski Area. The ball continues to roll as Arapahoe Basin announced to the public today that their mountain will open to skiers Thursday, October 13.

On top of blowing snow for a week straight, A-Basin received several inches of the white stuff from Mother Nature; thus, they're set to jet. Today marks 100 days since A-Basin closed for the 2010/2011 season on July 4.

The Black Mountain Express chair will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. The mountain will open with an approximate 18-inch base on the High Noon trail. For the park shredders out there, you can expect a handful of features in the High Divide Terrain Park.

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From A-Basin: A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who passed away this year will take place before the lifts open to the public.

Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $59, youth tickets age 15 – 18 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30.  The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public.  Snowsports lessons will be available on a limited basis.

Local radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air.  KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out give-aways.

A-Basin's Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $389.  The Bonus pass holder receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2011-2012 ski season and five non-transferable ski days at Keystone or Breckenridge.  One of those days can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek (some restrictions apply).  A-Basin only passes are also available at great prices.  To purchase your pass or check snow conditions go to www.arapahoebasin.com.

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