Arapahoe Basin announces opening day for 2015-16 ski and ride season

Ski area will help kick off the season in the western U.S.

ARAPAHOE BASIN – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season on Thursday, October 29, 2015. After a relatively late start to winter, recent cold temperatures and a combination of manmade and natural snow finally blanketed the slopes of Summit County, Colorado. A-Basin’s Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m. MST to shuttle guests to mid-mountain, where they will ski down the intermediate High Noon trail.

“The recent cold weather and currently snowy conditions allow for a tremendous start to the season at Arapahoe Basin,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “Despite what will be a later-than-average opening, both natural snow and our snowmaking efforts have given us a great snow surface to start with. We cannot wait to have our guests back to enjoy the mountain.”

Skier services starting opening day include ski and board rentals (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and retail sales in Arapahoe Sports (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Dining options include: breakfast at the Legends Café (A-Frame), lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain, and full service at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill (A-Frame). A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8:00 a.m. in the 6th Alley Bar; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer.

Guests can find the guaranteed lowest price on A-Basin lift tickets by purchasing them in advance online at Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 18, 2015, with adult (ages 19-59) full-day tickets priced at $76, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $64 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $36. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at


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