Arapahoe Basin beats Keystone ski resort to open first for 2019-2020 season

Photo courtesy Keystone Resort / Facebook

Photo courtesy Keystone Resort / Facebook

KEYSTONE, Colo. (KDVR) — Keystone Resort announced Friday it will open Saturday for the 2019-2020 season, the resort’s earliest opening in more than 20 years.

According to a news release from Keystone, the opening would position it to be the first ski resort to open for the season in North America – but they weren’t able to hang on to bragging rights for long.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Summit County announced it was opening first – at 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon with special lift ticket pricing.

“We did this because the snow is really good, our people are anxious and we are ready to go. We thought it would be fun,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO.

The High Noon intermediate run opens today, the Banana Terrain Park will open October 12 with four features, according to a news realease.

>> Tap here for more information about Opening Day at Arapahoe Basin.

Keystone took the news well.

Keystone resort installed a new, automated snowmaking system, which makes the resort more efficient during the early season, according to the release.

Skiers and snowboarders there will have access to the River Run Gondola and the Montezuma Express lifts to access Schoolmarm, Silver Spoon and Last Chance beginning October 12.

>> Tap here for more information about Opening Day at Keystone.

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