Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced today, Friday, October 11th @ 1:45 pm, that it would start spinning the Black Mountain Express lift at 3:30 pm and people came. Arapahoe effectively scooped the accolades and bragging rights over Keystone Basin who is opening Saturday, October 12th.
“We did this because the snow is really good, our people are anxious, and we are ready to go,” A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth wrote in his blog. “We thought it would be fun.”
After closing for the 2018-19 season July 4, A-Basin was closed for only 99 days, the shortest off-season in its history.
Keystone Resort’s saturday opening will be its earliest opening day in more than 20 years.
Keystone will operate the River Run Gondola and Montezuma Express lift with access to Schoolmarm, Silver Spoon and Last Chance runs. Keystone credited the early opening to significant investments in its snowmaking infrastructure, including an automated system that allows the resort to operate more efficiently during the early season.
“With Keystone’s early opening, and Breckenridge’s plan to operate through Memorial Day, the two resorts will offer one of the longest ski seasons in the country … ,” Keystone’s new Vice President and General Manager Jody Churich commented.
Both ski areas are reporting an 18-inch base on a mix of man-made and natural snow. The marketing race is officially on!
Source: Summit Daily