A local's favorite, Arapahoe Basin officially kicked off the 2013/2014 ski season early on Sunday, October 13, 2013, giving a few thousand Colorado skiers and riders their first fix. 

"Yesterday was a total blast," says Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Marketing & Communications Manager, Adrienne Saia Isaac of opening day. Those who came out for the early-season action were happily lapping High Noon and the High Divide terrain park. "We couldn’t have asked for better weather or snow conditions at this point in October," she goes on. "It was gorgeous, and I was so impressed with how the base held up throughout the day."

The mountain was able to open four days earlier than last season thanks to cooler temperatures, plenty of natural snow and snowmaking upgrades, all of which combined to send lifts spinning.

"Our mountain ops team was able to get outstanding coverage and grooming on the hill, and we’ve already moved the majority of our snow guns over to Ramrod, the intermediate trail skier’s left of High Noon," according to Isaac. "Next, we’ll focus on getting our beginner terrain (Sundance and Wrangler) open."

Snow still falling and more in the forecast bode well for the mountain being able to get more runs open for guests. In the meantime, skier services available opening day on include ski and board rentals, dining at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain and in the A-Frame at the Legends Cafe, and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports. The $1 million renovation to A-Basin’s popular 6th Alley Bar & Grill is projected to last until late 2013, but a temporary bar will be set up in the A-Frame lodge.