After an awesome winter season, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is set to close out the 2011-2012 ski season this Sunday, May 6, 2012. The staff, which has been working tirelessly all season to keep conditions at peak levels wanted to keep the ski area open through May, but the warm weather and lack of snowfall is forcing the good times to end.
“This was a very tough decision. Sometimes Mother Nature tells us it is time and, sadly, it is time to close,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO. The season did have its high points with bluebird skies and an early opening. A-Basin had one of its earliest openings on record on October 13, 2011 and by Sunday will have been open for 207 days.
The mountain cordially invites the nation’s spring skiers and snowboarders to come out for the final weekend party on Saturday, May 5th. The Huck, Rock and Roll Slopestyle event in the Treeline Terrain Park is kicking off at 10am. Its your last chance at A-Basin to compete for a chance to win cash prizes, sponsor gear and a RAMP snowboard. There’s going to be a free concert at 1pm in the base area led by John Truscelli and the Stolen Band. In addition to the contest and concert, the officials at A-Basin are going to hold a rocking luau, complete with a pig roast!
On Sunday, skiers and snowboards will be able to wrap up the season in style with live music in the base area from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. It’s going to be a great day to get those last turns in on the slopes.
Even though the lifts will stop spinning, the fun continues throughout the summer at Arapahoe. They’ll be holding the inaugural Chili Festival on Saturday, May 19th and the Festival of the Brewpubs on May 27th. Each day will feature free live music in the base area. There’s a lot more in store for outdoor enthusiasts, check into www.arapahoebasin.com or call 1-888-ARAPAHOE for additional details.