skiArapahoe Basin resort in Summit County announced today, Oct. 16, that it will open Friday for the first day of the 2014-15 season.

This makes A-Basin the first skiing and snowboarding resort to open this year. The attraction’s Black Mountain Express lift will open at 9 a.m. and provide access to the intermediate High Noon Run, according to information on

Rough, early-season conditions exist, so there will be no beginner skiing or snowboarding in the park, the website states.

The park is often among the first winter-sport venues to open each season, along with Loveland Ski Area. Loveland is currently in the snowmaking process, but has not yet opened for the season.

Last year, A-Basin was open from Oct. 13 to June 22.