A LUMICHRON 42-inch canister building clock finishes the entrance to the Kids Center at Arapahoe Basin Ski & Snowboard Area in Arapahoe, Colorado. We haven’t had a chance to ski the slopes there (yet), but our founder & chief designer-engineer Ian Macartney did bicycle by a couple weeks ago. He was participating in the Triple ByPass Bicycle Ride which is recognized as one of the premier cycling events. Ian enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains while helping to contribute to the over $500,000 Triple has contributed to charitable organizations just in the past 3 years. The ride is 120 miles from Evergreen (Bergen Park) over Juniper Pass (11,140 ft.), Loveland Pass (11,990 ft.), Swan Mountain and Vail Pass (10,560 ft.), concluding in Avon. The ride has over 10,000 ft. of challenging elevation gain and Ian’s training certainly paid off in making those climbs!
The Arapahoe Ski Basin contacted LUMICHRON last year to custom-build an exterior clock for their new Kids Center. The 42-inch canister building clock features an illuminated face, automatic master clock controller, and GPS antenna – for absolute accurate time. Thank you for choosing LUMICHRON! We are proud to be a small part of A-Basin. Interestingly, Ian’s father helped build the pylons for the chairlifts at A-Basin – over 65 years ago! Known for its long ski seasons, Arapahoe first opened in 1946-47 with only a tow. At a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, and snowmaking equipment added in 2002-2003, the area now has the capability to be one of the first areas open in mid-October, and one of the last ski areas to close for the season in mid-June.
ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – “ Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) upgraded a space for the adults with the $1 million renovation of the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, and now the kids have a space to call their own: a new three-story, 7100 square-foot, $2.3 million Kids Center geared toward its younger snowsports students. A-Basin’s Kids Center is a place for kids in lessons and programs to call their own while they’re at the hill.
“The building accommodates our kids’ lessons program,” said Peggy Hiller, A-Basin’s Assistant General Manager. “It’s a dedicated place where kids meet their instructors, eat lunch and come in from the snow when they need to,” Hiller said.
In keeping with A-Basin’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the A-Basin Kids Center will be outfitted with solar energy panels, low-flow toilets, and a low-energy lighting system.
Earlier this month, Arapahoe Basin was awarded NSAA and Ski Magazine’s Golden Eagle award in 2014 for its waste reduction program, and overall commitment to being an industry leader in practical sustainability measures and education. These sustainability practices and philosophies will be tied into the A-Basin Kids Center as well. The décor of the space will be nature-themed in the spirit of its on-mountain ecological education areas like Lynx Lane, Mountain Goat Alley and Moose Hollow. The informational posters and artwork in these spaces teach children about the mountain environments in which they play, and help them to gain an appreciation of how special this place is.
The building was designed with help from two architectural firms: BHH Partners in Breckenridge, Colo., and Benefit Street Design in Tacoma, Wash. The A-Basin Kids Center is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.
About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Located high on the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, from mid-October through early June. A-Basin’s legendary Pallavicini and East Wall terrain offers some of the best extreme skiing in Colorado. Pika Place and Molly Hogan learning areas feature mellow terrain for first-time and younger skiers and riders. With fun events, ample sunshine and incredible late-season snow, the Basin is the place to be in the spring! Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.