ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced today that Montezuma Bowl, the terrain on the backside of the ski area, will open for the 2014-15 season on Saturday, December 27, 2014. This marks the second-earliest opening for Montezuma Bowl in the eight seasons that this terrain has been part of the ski area. Montezuma Bowl and the quad Montezuma lift opened during the 2007-2008 ski season, nearly doubling the ski area’s terrain at that time. Montezuma Bowl offers runs ranging from long, rolling groomers to the steeps of West Zuma Cornice. It also hosts some of the ski area’s best glade (tree) skiing.
Ski area officials attribute this early opening in part to the previous weekend’s storm which dropped over 30 inches of snow on the ski area. An additional 3 inches of snow reported the day after Christmas solidified the status of the terrain. Over the previous summer, ski patrol and mountain operations also constructed approximately 600 linear feet of snow fences to keep the natural snow in place.
Open runs will include the intermediate groomed trails Columbine and Shining Light. Guests can also look forward to advanced skiing in Miner’s Glade and the “14er Trees,” three tree-skiing runs named for nearby 14ers: Bierstadt, Grays and Torreys. A complete list of open runs can be found on the A-Basin Terrain Status webpage. More trail openings will be announced on the Arapahoe Basin Facebook page as well as Al’s Blog as they occur.