The hair-raising terrain on the west side of Montezuma Bowl is slowly opening. Stellar snow conditions at [R20R, Arapahoe Basin] have allowed the resort to slowly start opening more and more of Montezuma Bowl, including the west side chutes.

"We've been getting quite a bit of snow since mid January. We got to the point where we were able to open those runs in the back of Montezuma. It's great because it adds more variety," said Leigh Hierholzer with the resort.

Hierholzer said there's a little bit of everything in Montezuma Bowl. "There are some groomed runs back there along with trees and bowls."

She says the steep stuff is on the west side of the bowl. "Three of the chutes on the west side are now open. There are three more to go and they are all expert runs." Skiers and riders can now access additional trails from the Zuma chairlift including Zuma Cornice and the expert chutes Max, Groswold and Durrance (accessible from Zuma Cornice).

Conditions continue to get better at A-Basin thanks to the heavy Colorado snowfall. The Summit County area has 75 trails open with a 53 inch base. Hierholzer siad they're just glad to finally have snow. "We kind of feel like we're in full swing now. It's going to get better from here. We're just glad we have a long season to take advantage of it."

Arapahoe Basin plans to close the first week of June. "But that could change if it keeps snowing," Hierholzer said.


Photo by Peggy Hiller. Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.