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Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin
A-Basin, Loveland tie in race to be first ski area in the nation to open
'The Legend' cranks up one lift on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

October 13, 2008 — Let the games begin.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas officially opened for the season at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, tying for the honor of being the first ski areas in the nation to open for the season.

One chairlift at each ski area opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. There was no new snow.

At A-Basin, skiers and riders made turns on an 18-inch mostly man-made base on the intermediate High Noon run, with some features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There is no beginner skiing.

New last season, A-Basin introduced Montezuma Bowl, 400 acres of lift served groomed runs, glades, chutes and wide-open bowl skiing. The new expansion is expected to open for the season in early January, conditions permitting.

Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $49, youth tickets age 15-19 will be $44 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $25. Ski and snowboard rentals and tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public. Snow sport lessons will begin when the Molly Hogan Learning Center opens later in November.

A-Basin's Bonus Passes are available while supplies last for $379. The Bonus pass provides unlimited skiing or riding at A-Basin for the 2008-09 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. Purchase your pass on site at A-Basin, call 1-888-Arapahoe or order on-line at



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