Arapahoe Basin Ski Area - Summer Brew Fest & Scenics Day  October 13, 2017
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area - Summer Brew Fest & Scenics Day October 13, 2017

First! Arapahoe Basin Opens for the 2017-2018 Winter Season

Colorado Kicks off Winter 2017-2018

Arapahoe Basin officially opened for the 2017-2018 winter season today, Friday, October 13th, 2017.

The Colorado based ski area started turning lifts this morning and an eager crowd lined up to get their first turns of the season.

The first chair was filled with four snowboarders who had been waiting for this moment since the lifts stopped spinning last season.

2017-2018 – First Chair FTW

From Arapahoe Basin:

Thanks to two feet of natural snowfall in the month of October and an incredible start to snowmaking, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was able to open its High Noon run to several thousand excited skiers and snowboarders today, Friday, October 13, 2017.

The Black Mountain Express lift started turning at 9:00 a.m. and will run seven days a week into June, when the ski area is slated to close. Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski season in Colorado and one of the earliest opening dates in North America.

Snowmakers have already begun work on the next trail to open, Ramrod, and everyone is doing their snow dances in hopes that Mother Nature will bring the powder!

This dude was amped for opening day.

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Photos: Dave Camara/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area