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Arapahoe Basin Colorado

Very Good

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Trails

Beginner
10%
Intermediate
30%
Advanced / Expert
60%
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Overview

The Good 

  • Deep fluffy powder; 350 in of the good stuff each year!
  • Some of Colorado's best extreme steeps 
  • Small local mountain vibe
  • Relatively cheap lift tickets compared to larger resorts
  • One of the longest ski seasons lasting til spring and early summer

The Bad

  • Old lifts, only one is high speed = queues, ugh!
  • Small ski terrain area compared to nearby Colorado resorts
  • Very limited dining, après ski and no lodging or resort amenities
  • Limited ground transport options to get there

Find Freshies: Lap Pallavinci (Pali) until East Wall opens; then, dash over to the bowls in Land of the Giants and Lower East Wall. 

Ditch the Crowds: You won't see many crowds at A-Basin, but if you do, it'll probably be around the Zuma Lift, which is the only chair on the backside, or perhaps The Montezuma Bowl and mid-mountain areas. 

Local's Pick: Warm up on the Beach before heading up to the Pali Chair. From here try out the bumps on Main Street and then duck into the Timber Glades when you're halfway down! Once you're out of there, weave through the boulders at Rock Garden and onto Poli Wog. 

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Very Good

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews

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JPJeffrey P.
expert snowboarder
Average!

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
Average!

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
Average!

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
Fabulous!

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
EEduardo
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
Superb!

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
Good!

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
JJosh
advanced skier
Good!

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
Average!

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

Lifts

High Speed Quad
1
Quad Chair
1
Triple Chair
1
Double Chairs
3
Surface Lifts
2

Elevation

Base
10,779 feet
Summit
13,050 feet
Vertical drop
2,271 feet

Terrain

Total runs
109
Terrain Parks
3
Longest Run
2 miles
Skiable Terrain
960 acres
Snowmaking Area
125 acres
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