Colorado’s longest ski season getting longer than planned.
Arapahoe Basin is extending it season and offering top-to-bottom skiing. Nicknamed “The Legend,” the area on the west side of the Continental Divide is operating on three bonus weekends in June (June 6-8, June 13-15 and June 20-22, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays ONLY).
Arapahoe Basin ushered in the 2013-14 Colorado ski and ride season on October 13 and originally planned to close on June 1. But with 440 inches of snow, including 47 inches in May, there was no reason to stick to the scheduled closing date. This May, A-Basin had 15 days with measurable snowfall accumulations, totaling 47 inches of snow for the month.
During the bonus season (which the area refers to as Summer Season, though it doesn’t feel summery right now), the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All 2013-14 A-Basin season passes, the A-Basin Spring ’14 Pass and all Vail Resorts season passes good at A-Basin will be valid with no additional charge during the bonus weekends. Also, special two- and three-day tickets are available for the bonus weekends only. Purchase online or at the mountain. Two-day tickets are $72 for adults (ages 15+) and $50 for children (ages 6-14). Three-day tickets are $99 for adults (ages 15+) and $60 for children (ages 6-14). Guests can stay up-to-date on terrain, ticket pricing and skier services at A-Basin’s Summer Ski page.
A-Basin might even push the ski season to July 4, as it did 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and as recently as 2011.