SUMMIT COUNTY – Two more ski areas are opening in Colorado this weekend.
Arapahoe Basin will kick off its season Friday, becoming the second ski area in Colorado to open this season. The ski area historically gets a good jump on the season, but this year, Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs got 30 inches of snow from the latest storm, kicking off their season with plenty of powder on Oct. 13.
A-Basin’s Black Mountain Express lift starts running at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. They’ll continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain. A-Basin’s COO Alan Henceroth says they’re excited to get the season started.
On the other side of Loveland Pass, Loveland Ski Area will open up on Saturday. Loveland’s announcement came just after A-Basin’s announcement on Tuesday.
Chet’s Dream at Loveland will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run with an 18-inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run which is over a mile in length and nearly one thousand vertical feet. Early season lift tickets for Loveland are $65 for adults (ages 15 and up) and $31 for children (ages 6-14).
If you’re looking for deals, skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance. Tickets are also available for purchase at the ski area. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through Dec. 21, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $85, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $70 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $41. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season.