Montezuma Bowl debuts at A-Basin |

Montezuma Bowl debuts at A-Basin

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. ” Friday brings the long-awaited debut of lift-served skiing in Montezuma Bowl at Arapahoe Basin.

The 400-acre bowl, located on the back side of A-Basin, is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. The terrain has always been popular with backcountry skiers, but its now part of A-Basin’s lift-served terrain, expanding the ski area by some 80 percent.

Installation of the new fixed-grip quad Zuma Lift was finished in late October; A-Basin operators were simply awaiting enough snow to drop the ropes while Montezuma Bowl fans drooled in anticipation.

The new terrain includes blue, black and double-black slopes ” an additional 36 runs in all ” that feature everything from cornices and chutes to glades and wide-open bowl skiing. Several runs will be groomed nightly for cruiser fans, but below the lower lift terminal, quasi-backcountry powder turns await those who are willing to hike back up.

The new lift carries skier and boarders 4,100 feet and rises 1,100 vertical feet in 9 minutes. The lift’s capacity is 1,900 skiers per hour.

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