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Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Earns Opening Day Title for 2013-14 Ski Season

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Colorado's 2013-14 ski season got underway Oct. 13 as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders.

At 8:30 a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin also became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013-14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin's opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.

coloradoskiseason_arapahoebasinSeveral resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures and ideal humidity conditions over the past several weeks.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area began making snow on the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, and have made snow or received natural snow most days since then. New snowmaking equipment upgrades, ideal snowmaking conditions, and recent natural snowfall have added to Arapahoe Basin's base accumulation resulting in the resort's current packed powder conditions. On Oct. 13, skiers and riders accessed the Black Mountain Express lift and enjoyed skiing on intermediate run High Noon.

For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), Sunday's exciting opening brings optimism for the season ahead.

"Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year," said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills. "Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, we've seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day. Thanks to helpful weather patterns and the hard work of Snowmakers and groomers, all of Colorado's resorts will open with top notch products our guests will enjoy."

The recent autumn snow storms and early winter season conditions brought a robust crowd to Arapahoe Basin on opening day, signifying skiers and riders are more than ready to enjoy Colorado's signature winter sports.

"Resorts continue to focus on the guest experience, with everything from safety to service," continued Mills. "Whether the emphasis is on families, learning or value, visitors can expect the same qualities from resorts this year that keep them coming back to Colorado season after season."

Amid all of the opening day celebrations, Colorado's Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, "It's still fall but the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season is open for business in Colorado." He continued, "Tourism and recreation are some of our most visible and important industries in Colorado, not to mention key economic drivers, and with today's grand opening we are looking forward to a fun-filled and snowy year on the slopes."

The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado's Arapahoe Basin or Loveland. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

Following is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts:

  • Oct. 13: Arapahoe Basin
    Mid October: Loveland
    Nov. 1: Copper Mountain
    Nov. 8: Wolf Creek
    Nov.13: Winter Park
    Nov.22: Eldora
    Nov.27: Crested Butte, Steamboat
    Nov.28: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride
    Nov.29: Purgatory
    Nov. 30: Howelsen Hill
    Dec.6: Sunlight
    Dec.11: Ski Granby Ranch
    Dec.12: Powderhorn
    Dec.14: Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
    Dec. 21: Silverton

All opening dates are subject to change. Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine and more than 300 inches of snow per year with 29,426 acres of skiing, 220 lifts and 1,761 trails at 21 resorts.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado's 21 ski & snowboard resorts. Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at


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