For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will extend ski & ride season in Colorado

The legendary ski area plans to re-open for at least one bonus weekend, June 9-11


ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin), home of the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, will re-open its lifts for a bonus weekend of skiing and snowboarding Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with top-to-bottom skiing. If snow conditions allow, there is a chance that A-Basin will be able to extend to another bonus weekend as well.


“We had a tremendous storm in mid-May that brought two feet of snow to the ski area, and the conditions have been outstanding,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “We’re not closing yet, and if the snow quality remains this good, we may be able to extend even beyond the 11th.”


“There is definitely a demand for skiing in the late spring in Colorado. People are excited to be out on the hill,” Henceroth said.


Arapahoe Basin kicked off the 2016-17 Colorado ski season on October 21, 2016, and is one of the few ski areas still open in North America. The ski area has received approximately 370 inches of natural snow season-to-date, with over three feet of snow in May alone so far.


The ski area will operate seven days a week through Sunday, June 4. A-Basin will be closed Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8. Skier services, including ticket and pass sales, ski and snowboard rentals, and retail sales, will be available again on Friday, June 9. Food and beverage services will also be available during the bonus weekend, with locations and times TBD. Stay tuned to our website for details.


Discounted lift tickets can be purchased online in advance on the ski area’s website:


For more information about A-Basin’s extended season, including lift ticket pricing and skier service information, please go to


About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Founded in 1946 and located high on the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado (mid-October through early June A-Basin’s legendary terrain ranges from mellow learning areas and intermediate groomed runs to the iconic extreme terrain of Pallavicini and the East Wall. Join us for free live music, fun family events and delicious gourmet meals during your visit in both winter and summer. Log on to for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.


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