Keep Westword Free

Arapahoe Basin will stay open for skiing on weekends through July 4; God bless America

It's official: For the first time since 1997, Arapahoe Basin has enough snow on the slopes to stay open on weekends through the 4th of July. As of this morning the ski area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 50 inches and, get this, about a half an inch of new snow in the last three days.

The ski area had previously committed to staying open weekends through June 19; on Saturday (after receiving a bit of new snow) they made the announcement Colorado skiers and snowboarders have been waiting for:

"The snow is good. People want to ski and ride. We will be skiing at The Basin on the 4th of July," reported A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth. "We will re-open for two more weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 24, 25, and 26 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday July 1, 2, 3, and 4. Break out the red, white, and blue and enjoy an Independance Day you will never forget. Look for developing details on the Summer Skiing page of our website. Thanks for being part of this extraordinary season."

For the best fireworks you'll see this year, grab a drink and a good spot near "Lake Reveal" -- as the snow melts, it forms an ever-growing pond at mid-mountain that makes for some spectacular pond-skimming. Henceroth reports he's been fishing gear (skis, poles, sunglasses, bits of clothing) out of the lake for the last few weekends, and the ski area will be going out with a splash, as always.

Follow us on Twitter!

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.