Arapahoe Basin will open Wednesday, a mere 12 days after the mountain-top hill began making snow. A-Basin, or “The Legend” as it refers to itself, is this year’s winner in the snow-blowing race to be the first resort open in Colorado. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, accessing the intermediate High Noon lift. Last year Arapahoe Basin opened on Oct. 12th.

Arapahoe Basin expects to have a few terrain park features ready Wednesday morning. Loveland Ski Area, the perennial contender for first to open, hopes to open by this weekend.

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