A-Basin is ready to get ripped.

A-Basin is ready to get ripped.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 23, 2010 – After a great night of snowmaking and seven fresh inches of snow overnight, Arapahoe Basin ski area officials are excited to announce opening day for the 2010-2011 ski season will be Monday, October 25, 2010. A-Basin will be opening with a new high speed quad chairlift – Black Mountain Express to take skiers and riders from the base area to mid-mountain.

Black Mountain Express will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Monday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run and some features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.

A ribbon cutting celebration for the new lift will take place just before 9:00 a.m. Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $54, youth tickets age 15 – 19 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $29. The following skier services including the rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snowsports lessons will begin when the Molly Hogan Learning Center opens later in November.

Local radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air. KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out give-aways.

A-Basin’s Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $359. The Bonus pass holder receives unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2010-2011 ski season and five non-transferable ski days at Keystone or Breckenridge. One of those days can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek (some restrictions apply). A-Basin only passes are also available at great prices. To purchase your pass, learn more about Black Mountain Express or check conditions go to www.arapahoebasin.com.