Arapahoe Basin kicks off Colorado ski season

Hundreds lined up at Arapahoe Basin on Sunday as skiers and snowboarders couldn’t wait to get the 2013-'14 ski season underway in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, Colorado both started making snow on September 27, but it was A-Basin who won the race to be the first in the nation to open for the season. Crystal Mountain, Washington hosted a one-day opening on October 1 for a limited crowd.

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And so it begins: Arapahoe Basin kicks off the ski season. Photo: Jack Dempsey/A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin opened a single run—High Noon—off the Black Mountain Express lift with an 18-inch base. Ramrod is expected to be the next to open.

A-Basin-Opening-Day-2013 from MtnAdvisor on Vimeo.

 
"Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year," Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills said in a press release. "Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, we've seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day."

 

In other places in the high country skiers and snowboarders have been taking advantage of new snowfall to hike for their turns. Telluride, which isn't expected to open until November 28, offered up the following images from late last week.

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A skier slashes some pow in Telluride on October 11.

 

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A snowboarder hikes to take advantage of an October storm in Telluride, Colorado

The forecast for Arapahoe Basin and parts of the Colorado high country calls for snow and snow showers throughout the week, though the brunt of the storm appears to be tracking north.

 

It's also worth noting that, while the ski season is officially here, the changing foliage and recent precipitation make for prime mountain biking conditions in most of Colorado and throughout the Intermountain West.

 

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