At Arapahoe Basin, Tony Olin and Team Afton have come from Minnesota to gear up and get in some early season training.
“We’re just looking to get the snow under our skis,” said Olin.
Snow under the skis is a tall order this year, with warm weather keeping A Basin as about the only game in town at a time when several ski areas in Colorado would also be open.
After opening to riders back on October 21 A Basin is still the only ticket to ride and Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth says that’s been attracting a lot of ski clubs looking for training.
“We have ski teams here from Alberta and Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, California,” said Henceroth.
It’s also brining a lot of business with thousands of other skiers packing the lots and lining up for a chance to make a few turns.
“You know we’re doing really well,” said Henceroth.
In Denver this past October was one of the warmest on record but somehow the Basin has managed to not only make snow but keep it.
“Everyone is amazed when they come up here and find out just how great the snow is and life is pretty good right now considering,” said Henceroth.
Keystone was supposed to open on November 4 but had to delay and Loveland which is normally open by late October is still closed and set to pass its latest November 6 opening day ever.
It's one reason Tony and his ski team don’t mind sharing that one open run at the Basin especially given what they’re used to in Minnesota.
“When you come from the Midwest and you ski on a 300 foot vertical slope coming out here and skiing on the one slope out here is three times more than back home,” said Olin.