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When does A-Basin usually open up?

post #1 of 17
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This is my first ski season in Colorado, and I hear A-Basin is usually first to open and last to close... how much longer am I going to have to wait? I just hit the Labor Day sales and now I'm all antsy...
post #2 of 17
Can be as early as mid-october, you can pretty much bank on end of the 3rd week.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks! Less than two months in any case.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheMuskrat View Post
This is my first ski season in Colorado, and I hear A-Basin is usually first to open and last to close... how much longer am I going to have to wait? I just hit the Labor Day sales and now I'm all antsy...
One thing to keep in mind is that unless you get really sustantial early season snow you will be limited to a small number of trails covered with man made snow-the proverbial "White Ribbon of Death".
post #5 of 17
And lift lines with 40 minute waits, although once the big resorts, like Breck and Copper open a run or two the lines get much better.
post #6 of 17
The White Ribbon of Death...sounds like the east!
post #7 of 17
I <3 white ribbons of death.
post #8 of 17

October 30, 2006 at Loveland

It is not always as bleak as it seems!
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheMuskrat View Post
This is my first ski season in Colorado, and I hear A-Basin is usually first to open and last to close... how much longer am I going to have to wait? I just hit the Labor Day sales and now I'm all antsy...
They usually open an hour before Loveland.
post #10 of 17
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They usually open an hour before Loveland.
So *one* season is now usually?
post #11 of 17
yea, loveland typically wins the race and I'm sure they'll be going 100% to do so this year.

Here was abasin a few years back on opening weekend. It's usually not great, but skiing none the less.

post #12 of 17
So I guess the more important question is (its my first season out here too):

How long before conditions are usually good enough to really make a go of it?
post #13 of 17
As a general rule, by Thanksgiving, you have a lot of terrain open at all resorts. Depending on the year you still could have spotty coverage.
post #14 of 17
Last year it really wasn't until around Christmas that things really got good, and heck for most of the season, at least at Breck, that were some early-season conditions all season on some of the steeper stuff (devil's crotch, mineshaft, etc.).

Also, even though A-basin does stay open until May'ish, the skiing by then is usually pretty poor.
post #15 of 17
This year is my turn to host thanksgiving dinner. What do you think would happen if I hosted it at my sister in laws house in Colorado?
And then maybe a trip to A basin in store?
Hmmmmm?
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This year is my turn to host thanksgiving dinner. What do you think would happen if I hosted it at my sister in laws house in Colorado?
And then maybe a trip to A basin in store?
Hmmmmm?
I think you would probably see me up there.
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This year is my turn to host thanksgiving dinner. What do you think would happen if I hosted it at my sister in laws house in Colorado?
And then maybe a trip to A basin in store?
Hmmmmm?
I always ski on Thanksgiving. And the day after.
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