Arapahoe Basin opens Oct. 23, kicking off 2022-23 Colorado ski season

Arapahoe Basin stands poised to win the race to open the Front Range ski season for the 10th time in 12 years, following Friday’s announcement that the area will open on Sunday.

A-Basin will get first tracks with the Black Mountain Express lift, from the base to mid-mountain, opening at 8:30 a.m. One intermediate trail, High Noon, will be open. For those who don’t have passes, lift tickets must be purchased online.

With colder temperatures forecast next week, A-Basin officials said they hope to open a second run by next weekend.

It appears Keystone still has a ways to go before it can open.

“We still do not have an opening date to announce,” said spokeswoman Shayna Silverman. “We’re making really great progress to open two miles of terrain and a hike-to park for our opening day, but of course, such a large early-season experience will take us bit longer. We’re sending our congrats to A-Basin, and are so excited to see the 2022-23 season get kick-started.”

A-Basin has failed to win the three-way battle with Front Range rivals Keystone and Loveland only twice since 2010. In 2020, Keystone opened on Nov.  6, three days before Arapahoe Basin. In 2015, A-Basin and Loveland tied on Oct. 29.

Officials at Loveland say they hope to open in late October or early November. Loveland opened last year on Oct. 30.

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