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.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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