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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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SWSteven W.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
I absolutely love A-basin!!! It's up the road and away from all the rush and crowds, but still only minutes away from Silverthorne and keystone. There bloody Mary's are delicious!! The terrain for boarding is awesome, perfect for beginners to the adventurous advanced backcountry... More
AGAndrew G.
expert skier
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
One of my favorite places to ski in colorado. It doesn’t have the thrills of a mega resort (no gondolas or high-speed, 6-person chairs; no five-star restaurants; and no shopping), but it does have great snow; great terrain; and a great atmosphere. Skiing at A-basin is a bit of a... More
AGAndrew G.
expert skier
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
One of my favorite places to ski in colorado. It doesn’t have the thrills of a mega resort (no gondolas or high-speed, 6-person chairs; no five-star restaurants; and no shopping), but it does have great snow; great terrain; and a great atmosphere. Skiing at A-basin is a bit of a... More
GGabe
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
Close to Denver, family-friendly good for beginners it does have cool stuff for advanced Riders not crowded nice lifts, really helpful staff I enjoyed every minute of staying out there... More
NNeet
beginner skier
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
Skied for 4 days Friday to Monday at this resort back in February. There were no lines and the trails were pretty powdery and nice in the morning. The views from the top are also pretty awesome.... More
RFRob F.
expert skier
Average!

3.3 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
A Basin is another super local vibe resort. Love this spot because it can be a little less crowded compared to most resorts. It's also the first to open and last to close in Colorado, so a pass here is definitely worth the money. ... More
HNHunter N.
expert snowboarder
Average!

3.3 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
A-Basin is a classic. Great lines via lift, and really great expert terrain if you are willing to hike. There’s still a ton of steep and deep to be had via lifts, but the crowds can be horrendous early and late season. ... More
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder
Average!

3.2 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
I have only ridden A-basin a handful of times, either early season or late season when they are the only resort open. The snow has always been slushy, but when I'm at A-basin I'm there for the party so the slushy snow is fun. ... More
BBBen B.
intermediate snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
A-Basin is just a quick jump down I-70. Being one of the highest altitude resorts in the US it boasts some great snow conditions even in early and late season. With not much of a ski town to speak of Arapahoe Basin creates a "locals only" kind of feel that keeps the masses at... More
JBJared B.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
Arapahoe Basin's prices are fair and quality of service is very good as well. The 6th Alley Bar always has some great drinks when the lift lines are too long. ... 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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