Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Summit County, Colorado, the state’s last remaining open resort, will close for the ski season a month earlier than planned on Sunday, May 6. The resort cited lack of snow and unseasonably warm weather as the reason for the early closing.
According to the resort, the current mid-mountain base is at 32 inches, which is over 100 inches less than what the resort reported at this time last year. The 2011-2012 winter season has been one of the driest on record, causing many resorts in the state to close earlier than usual.
The approaching closing date came as a shock to many, as A-Basin is known for keeping their lifts turning well into the spring and summer months. Last year, the 65-year-old resort was open until the Fourth of July for snow enthusiasts to enjoy their last turns of the season.
Alan Henceroth, Chief Operating Officer of Arapahoe Basin, commented on the closing, “This was a very tough decision. Sometimes mother nature tells us it is time and, sadly, it is time to close.The season did have its high points with bluebird skies and an early opening. A-Basin had one of its earliest openings on record on October 13, 2011 and by Sunday will have been open for 207 days.
The resort will host a closing weekend party, with the “Huck, Rock, and Roll” slopestyle event on Saturday, and live music from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Photo Courtesy of Travis Bradshaw/Arapahoe Basin