Arapahoe Basin, located just off of Loveland Pass, is a mountain known for opening early. The conditions at the ski area are nowhere near perfect, but they are consistent with what one might expect this early in the ski season.
The snow on the mountain is mostly man-made, but nature has helped out a little bit. There are now two runs open. They are both groomed blue runs, good for cruising. The runs are sufficiently covered and there are not many rocks exposed. There is a small terrain park with four rails and two small boxes for those looking to practice some of their smaller tricks.
As there are only two ski resorts open in the area, lines are unavoidable. The crowd tends to be light in the morning and peak around noon. Weekends are significantly more crowded, as more people make the trip from Denver. Although the lines can be long, Arapahoe Basin has a high speed chairlift, so it is not a long ride to the top.
The crowds will thin out as the season progresses and hopefully the snow will continue to improve. Even though conditions are far from ideal, for those who truly enjoy skiing or snowboarding, the trip to Arapahoe Basin is worth it .