Arapahoe Basin Colorado

Very Good

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews


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Meet “the Legend.”

If a ski resort is going to have a nickname like that, it’s got a lot to live up to - but believe me, Arapahoe Basin delivers! It’s been offering up some of the gnarliest big-mountain terrain in a part of the country known for white-knuckle skiing since 1946, after the site retired from its career as a defense contractor test site. Perched near the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass, its elevation helps give it a yearly average of 350 inches of snow and some of the longest ski seasons anywhere in North America, often lasting into late spring and early summer (and, at least once, into August!). It maintains a small “locals’ mountain” vibe, complete with quirky staff, less stringent policies (at least compared to Vail resorts) and a more laissez faire atmosphere. Its “Beach” parking area, right at the base of the slopes, is what happens when tailgating meets skiing. For some folks, it’s ski partying at its best.

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High Speed Quad
Quad Chair
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts


10779 feet
13050 feet
Vertical drop
2271 feet


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
2.0 miles
Skiable Terrain
960 acres
Snowmaking Area
125 acres

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JPJeffrey P.
expert snowboarder

3.3 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
Love riding at the Basin!! Some great runs, usually never too crowded once you get away from the front couple lifts. Palli is one insane ride from the top to bottom. You can get some crazy views up top, and have some fun on a lot of the natural terrain kickers throughout the... More
TMTravis M.
intermediate snowboarder

3.5 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
A-Basin is a fun resort to hit up. Whether you feel like dropping down shoots that feel like a free-fall or you just want a nice leisurely ride, A-Basin is the way to go.... More
YKYanni K.
advanced skier

3.3 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
beautiful and nice, allowing uphill skinning and a layback ski resort with great snow and trails. Close to Denver and close to other ski resorts. A great choice to ski on high altitude!... More
CMChristian M.
advanced snowboarder

4.4 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
Arapahoe basin is a fantastic resort for all ages and levels of skiing and snowboarding. Very welcoming group of staff that will help you with any thing c your could want or need. Keep up the swell work.... More
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
Great resort that caters to all skill levels. You could drop off the kids for lessons in the morning and go hit the back country yourself for the day and meet up with them later. Worth the drive to get away from the crowds from the other resorts.... More
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
Although I went when it was just starting with a very few lifts open, a-basin most definitely is pretty big and has enough lifts and many different terrains for all levels. I was really glad to see that for the people just learning to snowboard or ski, this resort has their own... More
JRJohn R.
expert skier

4.6 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
Great value ski area. Great terrain. The snow at the Basin is usually better than surrounding areas in summit county. Great kids learning programs and an awesome kid center. Great bbq at mid mountain (sweet potatoe fries rock!) Parking can be a challenge but once on the hill,... More
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder

3.6 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
A Basin is rad and always have a good time there. It has some good terrain variance and if you are willing to hike you can get into some absolutely gnarly chutes. I also like how they let you hike and if you want to get up crazy early you can start hiking before the rooster... More
advanced skier

3.6 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
This is my favorite place to head to on a snow day from the front range. Manageable crowds. Parking is navigable if you show up early and you can ski to your truck for lunch! Best bar too!... More
FTFrancis T.
expert skier

3.1 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
Arapahoe Basin is a Great mountain with challenging terrain to keep you on your “A” game. Lifts are slow fixed other than the Black Mountain Express, which is a detachable high speed quad. The slow lifts help keep a high amount of people off the mountain at once, however with the... More
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