FRISCO — Officials with the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in central Colorado say it will be open for skiing on July 4 for the first time since 2011.

The resort received nearly 7 feet of snow since March. Lower-than-average temperatures since then allowed enough snow to remain.

Ski area spokeswoman Katherine Fuller says Independence Day will be the final day of the resort’s 2018-19 ski season.

The area has been open for weekend skiing for several weeks and two lifts will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Friday through Sunday this weekend and well as on Thursday, July 4. No beginner skiing is available.

Arapahoe Basin stayed open until Aug. 10 during the 1994-95 ski season.


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