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Arapahoe Basin Celebrates 65th Anniversary

December 24, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Leigh Hierholzer

(970) 513-5767



Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Celebrates 65 Years of Operation and Christmas at A-Basin 

Arapahoe Basin, CO – December 20, 2011– Arapahoe Basin opened for skiing in December of 1946.  This Saturday A-Basin pays tribute to the history of the ski area with a 65th anniversary party and Christmas celebration at A-Basin.


Sixty-five years ago the founders of Arapahoe Basin cut down a few trees, created a lift with an army surplus generator and charged $1.25 for a lift ticket, inadvertently creating a legend.   As one of Arapahoe Basin’s founding fathers Larry Jump wrote, “Arapahoe Basin was the outcome of several fortuitous events: the United States Forest Service studies on Winter Sports planning in 1941; the Ski Survey fostered by the Denver Chamber of Commerce in 1945; and the fortunate acquisition of private land within the Basin by Max Dercum in the early forties that short-circuited the usual procedures of public advertising for bids for the development of the area.”


A full account of A-Basin’s history can be found at


Saturday, December 24, 2011 Christmas at A-Basin and 65th Anniversary Activities

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Santa and his elf in the A-Basin Base Area with music provided by Summit County Chorale Society

1:00 p.m. – Free Birthday Cake and Hot Drinks


For more information regarding the anniversary party, snow conditions or how to purchase one of the many A-Basin 2011 -2012 season pass options still available call 1-888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246) or check Arapahoe Basin’s web site at