Ladies and gentlemen, skiers and boarders, today is the day we’ve all been waiting for—the North American ski season has officially begun.
Arapahoe Basin opened their Black Mountain Express lift at 9 a.m. this morning, which means skiers and boarders have access to the intermediate High Noon run. Though the Colorado mountain has been making snow and experiencing light early season storms, the run is still experiencing early season conditions. The ski patrol is warning skiers and boarders to beware of natural obstacles on the trail and to remain in control, they also said there is no beginner skiing or riding permitted.
This mid-October opening is typical for Arapahoe, they’re regularly one of the first open mountains in the country and they are often among the last to close, usually sometime in early June. The mountain, located not far from Denver, offers some of the highest skiable terrain on the continent, with a vertical rise of 2,270 feet. More than 100 trails, 960 skiable acres and an annual average snowfall of 350 inches sets this mountain apart.
As of this morning, Arapahoe reports an 18 inch base on both the upper and lower part of the mountain. The only lift running is the Black Mountain Express and the only skiable terrain open is the Lower Mountain Blues, an intermediate section.
All photos are courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.