Photos: See Why Arapahoe Basin Just Extended Ski Season Another Weekend

May 24 at A-Basin. Additional photos below.
May 24 at A-Basin. Additional photos below.
Photo by Rachel Bock

If you've been whining about the rainy weather pattern that's hung around Denver for weeks, you're not alone.

But in the mountains, that rain turned to snow — and as a result of a jaw-slackening 84 inches of accumulation since mid-April, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, which officially opened the Colorado ski season last October 17, has announced that it will extend its season by at least one weekend.

The resort — one of only three major ski areas still open in North America at this writing — had originally planned to close on Sunday, June 7. But the white stuff is present in such abundance that it will remain open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-14.

After June 7, A-Basin will be closed the following Monday through Thursday to preserve the snow for the big weekend and what's described as "limited skier services." On June 12-14, the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. , with terrain available based on the conditions.

Speaking of which: The ski area was actually open through June 22 last year, with skiing until July 4 in 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2011. The all-time record-setter was 1995, when the last day of skiing at A-Basin was (no, this isn't a misprint) August 10.

Get more details at arapahoebasin.com/summerski. In the meantime, check out the following photos showing conditions at A-Basin over the past couple of weeks.

Zach Andrada photographed on May 22, one of the chutes on the East Wall.
Zach Andrada photographed on May 22, one of the chutes on the East Wall.
Photo by Greg Morgano
An image from Mother’s Day, which broke attendance records for the date at A-Basin.
An image from Mother’s Day, which broke attendance records for the date at A-Basin.
Photo by Natalie Oaks
Another shot from Mother's Day.
Another shot from Mother's Day.
Photo by Natalie Oaks
A scenic shot from May 21.
A scenic shot from May 21.
Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Another photo from May 21.
Another photo from May 21.
Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
May 21 at A-Basin.
May 21 at A-Basin.
Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
An image from A-Basin's free spring rail jam , held on May 24.
An image from A-Basin's free spring rail jam , held on May 24.
Photo by Rachel Bock
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