Arapahoe Basin as seen on October 13. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner/Arapahoe Basin.

Arapahoe Basin as seen on October 13. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner/Arapahoe Basin.

A day after Colorado's Wolf Creek Ski Area announced that it would be opening during the upcoming weekend, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has issued a press release stating that it would be following suit.

Arapahoe Basin is set to open for the 2021-2022 ski season at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Home to what's historically been Colorado's longest ski and snowboard season, the resort has plans to stay open into June, weather permitting.

Arapahoe Basin plans to open with one lift operational – Black Mountain Express – and one intermediate run that's called High Noon. "Early-season skiing and snowboarding is not a beginner experience," A-Basin reminded everyone in its news release.

According to the ski area, Arapahoe Basin has received more than a foot of natural snow over the past week with another storm currently hitting the state. The ski area has also been making snow since Oct. 9.

The Sunday opening date (Oct. 17) is quite a bit ahead of last year's Nov. 9 opening date at the ski area. Last year, the season extended until June 6.

This season, Arapahoe Basin is hopeful that it will be able to reduce crowds on the mountain to help preserve the quality skiing and snowboarding experience for which the destination is known. In order to do this, A-Basin is limiting unrestricted access passes and selling 10% fewer than last year. The ski area  also is limiting ticket sales each day and expects tickets to sell out on busy days. The resort is hopeful that this will lead to shorter lines, better snow quality and less frustration in the parking lot.

Those interested in attending Arapahoe Basin's opening day will need to purchase their tickets online and in advance.