ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. (CBS4)– The storm systems that made their way into Colorado were expected to bring some flakes to the mountains but brought one foot of fresh snow to Arapahoe Basin.

It’s a welcome sight for the ski area that plans to stay open until June 2. Last year, A-Basin was forced to close on May 6 because of lack of snowfall.

“We got 12 inches overnight. A whole foot. It’s awesome,” said Arapahoe Basin spokeswoman Adrienne Saia. “It’s a lot lighter than I expected, usually spring snow is heavier but it was amazing this morning. It’s crazy to have this good a powder day in May.”

In 2011, A-Basin stayed open until July 4. It’s proof that Colorado is a state of extremes but no matter to those who are still shredding up the slopes.

“This will be my 121st day of the season and I pulled into the parking lot about 8:15 this morning,” said skier Jonah Crocker. “I got second row.”

“People still haven’t broken out their bikes, they’re still excited. A 12 inch powder day no matter when it is gets people stoked to get out and go skiing,” said Saia.


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