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Arapahoe Basin Celebrates 65th Anniversary
December 24, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Leigh Hierholzer
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 http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/about/default.aspx
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 www.arapahoebasin.com.