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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ARAlain R.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
A-Basin is a great resort! I love how friendly all the staff are and how affordable the tickets are eapecially for the military. The terrain is challenging and me and my family always have a great time there.... More
BBBen B.
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
A-basin is one of the best kept small resorts in Colorado. Great get away from the hustle and bustle of Denver and the larger resorts. Being one of the highest elevation resorts in the US Arapahoe Basin has some of the greatest conditions as well!... More
MHKMichael H. K.
expert snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
Great atmosphere of local skiing and vibes. Must check out the back bowl, and hiking to an amazing drop from some spines. The views will sweep away any family's idea of mountain views and beautiful skiing.... More
JJoshua
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
A- basin is a great local, privately owned ski area. The staff are super friendly and helpful, The lifts give you acces to ski-able terrain for all levels of skiers and riders, from the green mountain express to The montezuma bowl. The mountain is very family oriented but also... More
CWChris W.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
A-basin is great. The lift lines are not long and very accessible. Parking is not bad either, if you get there early enough you can park as close at 100 ft from the lift.... More
BCBill C.
expert skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
Love "Spacin' at the Basin" It really does not get too much better in Summmit County. Best skiing, especially in Spring when everyone has their grills fired up on the beach and is ready for some apres ski relaxation.... More
ASAaron S.
intermediate skier
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
A Basin is the best, great uphill policy too. One of my favorite aspects is that they cater to the uphill crowd, laps all day! The upper mountain is also always epic.... More
RCRuss C.
advanced skier
Good!

3.5 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
One of my favorite resorts in CO. if there is traffic on I 70 we take Loveland pass which is very scenic and much quicker than going through Dillon. I'd highly recommend the resort to anyone. ... More
JCJeremy C.
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
A Basin has always been my favorite summit county destination. It is less crowded and has great snow to go along with the biggest vertical decent in the area. I always have a great time especially in the spring time.... More
JBJustin B.
advanced snowboarder
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
Great resort for the locals! The beach is the best, BBQ and friends. What more can you ask for at a ski resort? Well beer. Let's add beer. Now you got a party... 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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