18th Oct, 2012

Destination Homes/Condos in Summit Co Colorado for A-Basin Opening

This week some of the nation’s best skiers headed to their stomping grounds in Summit County real estate to celebrate the opening day of Arapahoe Basin ski slopes. Situated near Breckenridge homes, Keystone, and Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin for short, kicked off its 2012-13 ski season at 9 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Black Mountain Express lift opened for the occasion. After 12 days of snowmaking, the High Noon trail featured in 18-inch snow base. Designated as an intermediate trail, High Noon is a thousand feet long.

Approximately 2000 jubilant skaters celebrated the occasion. The first ski resort to open on any given year gets a lot of attention, especially since the dawn of social media. Skiers and snowboarders anticipate the first day and come out in large numbers. Monica Mendoza in the Colorado Springs Business Journal on October 17 spoke of the competitive race between resorts to claim opening-day. She quoted Melanie Mills, president and CEO of the Colorado Ski Country USA.

“There has been an infectious optimism about the ski season ahead.” There were strong sales of season passes over Labor Day weekend and lots of excitement about snow falling in the mountains.

On October 8, 2011, after a big snowstorm dropped 44 inches, Wolf Creek ski area was the first to open. In 2009 Loveland opened on October 7. The Colorado resorts are making snow and will be opening over the next several weeks, according to the Colorado Ski Country USA.

Not only is Arapahoe Basin the first Colorado ski resort to open but it is the first to open throughout the entire United States. Many of the resorts are able to use snowmaking equipment to get a head start on the season. Nonetheless, they require the cooperation of Mother Nature. Low temperatures and cool nights allowed Arapahoe Basin to keep the snow on the slopes this year.

Located at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin has long captured the hearts of the Front Range community. The website tells why: “The Legend isn’t any ordinary ski mountain; we earned our reputation from decades of pioneering and experience.” The ski area features 106 runs, above-timberline bowls, a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, and deep powder stashes formed from the annual 350 inches of snowfall. Skiers and riders from Colorado and all over the world have been fascinated since 1946 when 1200 skiers rode a tow-rope and a military transport truck.

Directions: Take I-70 west to Silverthorne (exit 205) and travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6 or take I-70 west to Loveland Pass (exit 216) and go west on U.S. Highway 6 for 8 miles.

For information about buying ski homes or fractional real estate in Breckenridge or Summit County, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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