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Arapahoe Ski Basin one-ups competition, opens for season on Friday afternoon

Posted at 2:07 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 19:54:02-04

SUMMIT COUNTY — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announce mid-Friday they're now open for business for the ski season. The move appears to be a little bit of on-up on the competition as few hours before Keystone Resort proudly announced they were opening on Saturday, the earliest date in more than 20 years.

Loveland Ski Area announced crews still need to make more snow on the lower section of the mountain before an opening date can be determined, possibly in mid-October or early November.

This means Arapahoe will be the first resort to open in North America this season. It won't be a full day of operation as guests will be allowed as early as 3:30 p.m. with the Black Mountain Express Lift in operation until 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the resort opens at 8:30 a.m.

"We did this because the snow is really good, our people are anxious and we are ready to go. We thought it would be fun," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO in a release.

You can find more information on the opening on Al's Blog within the ski resorts website -

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