There is still hope . . .
I received the following from A-Basin:
" Thanks for your inquiry about our closing date. During the last 30 years we
managed to stay open until the July 4th four times, 1993, 1995, 1996, and
1997. Those four years were incredible snow seasons with particularly big,
strong spring storms. We have tried every year since 1997 and haven't made
it. A few issues come into play with our tentative June 4 closing this
season. We have not finalized our summer construction plans, but we are not
doing Montezuma Bowl in 2006. That is not a factor this year. There are
projects, not yet finalized, that may impact the late season. I am not sure
of your position on Global Warming and Climate Change. Whether you buy into
or not, there is no question that we have a much harder time keep the snow
in a quality condition during the summer months now that we did in the
mid-nineties. What was relatively easy to do then has proven to much more
difficult in the years since. Simply, this year we are projecting an
attainable, realistic and reasonable closing date. If we have good top to
bottom skiing and business is still good, we will consider being open
longer. We are still nearly two months away from closing. Making
projections about extensions at this stage of the game is premature.
General Manager / Chief Operating Officer
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
" We did make one change 6-8 years ago. Prior to that we frequently had skiers and riders downloading lifts and walking perhaps several hundred yards down the summer road. We are trying to avoid walking and downloading these days."
So, apparently the June 4 date is tentative and it still depends on snow conditions.. I plan on being in Summit county the seek of June 12 and an still hoping to make a few - lift served - runs.