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Arapahoe Basin is moving forward with the construction of the Montezuma Bowl expansion
project, its largest expansion since its inception 60 years ago. A-Basin received final approval
last Thursday from the White River National Forest to construct Zuma Lift, which will provide
access to approximately 400 acres of intermediate and advanced skiing in Montezuma Bowl.
The bowl is located within the southern portion of the ski area’s Special Use Permit, which is
administered by the White River National Forest.
The expansion will increase the ski area’s terrain by 80%, bringing A-Basin’s total skiable
acres to 900. Lift construction will begin this spring. The bowl is scheduled to open during the
2007-2008 ski season.
“We are very excited to open this terrain to the public. We have considered this expansion
since our 1982 master plan. It has always been important to us to give the intermediate skier
and rider additional terrain and give the advanced skier and rider more variety and diversity.
Montezuma Bowl will do all of that and more,” stated Alan Henceroth, Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer of Arapahoe Basin.
The new terrain will run the gamut of blue, black and double black rated runs, 34 in all. The
skier and rider will discover cornices, chutes, gladed runs and wide-open bowls. Several runs
will be groomed nightly providing the intermediate guest with much coveted additional cruising
terrain. Hike back terrain past the lower lift terminal will also be available for the adventurous
skier or rider who has more interest in experiencing a remote, back country feel.
Leitner Poma fixed grip quad 9-minute ride time Summit elevation 12,472 feet 4,100 feet in
length 1,100 vertical feet Uphill capacity of 1900 people per hour 147 chairs Expansion Cost:
Here are some maps and pictures of the new terrain: