Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) in Coliorado, USA will today open its newest terrain expansion, The Beavers.

The 468-acre terrain expansion is served by a new quad chairlift running from 9am to 3:15pm daily and marks an expansion of the existing ski area – one of the world’s highest, by almost a third.

The 34 new runs of the expansion include two new intermediate groomed runs, open bowls and what the centre claims is some of the best glade (tree) skiing in Colorado.

“We’ve been fortunate to have received good snow in October and November. This past week’s storm of an additional 22” has given us the opportunity to put the finishing touches on the new terrain. The conditions are fantastic,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “We couldn’t be more excited to open this new, lift-served terrain to the public.”

The expansion also includes the extreme terrain of The Steep Gullies (129 acres) for experts only. This terrain will open as soon as conditions permit. The Steep Gullies are some of the most advanced and challenging terrain in Colorado. The terrain is not lift served and all skiers using this terrain will be required to take a 20-30 minute hike back to the bottom of the Pallavicini Lift.

A Basin has one of the world’s longest ski seasons for a non-glacier resort and is already in to its second month of winter 2018-19. It is usually open from October to June or July.

Colorado resorts are having one of their best starts to the season in years with more than two metres of snow falling in the past eight weeks at some areas.