Arapahoe Basin Colorado

Very Good

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews


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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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advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
I would recommend this resort to alll levels. All the staff are friendly and very welcoming. Can't wait to refer friends from our of town to this resort and Keystone. Perfect resorts that really have terrain foyer all levels of riding.... More
CCCody C.
intermediate snowboarder

4.7 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
This is a fantastic resort. They tend to be the first open and last to close. The snow is always very good and the terrain is awesome to ride. Employees are friendly and helpful. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun family friendly place to ride. ... More
JMJonathan M.
intermediate snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
Had a great time here a couple of years ago. Enjoyed the little park section in the middle, and the lifts were all fast. Uncrowded place that I’ll definitely return to next time I’m in Colorado. ... More
JMJonathan M.
intermediate snowboarder

4.4 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
This place was awesome, awesome views, fast lifts, and not too crowded. Enjoyed the little park section about half way up the mountain. Restaurant and bar was a great place to relax for lunch. I’ll be back!... More
RSRyan S.
advanced snowboarder

3.5 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
A-basin is a great place for intermediate to expert riders looking for a challenge. The steep runs on the East Wall never disappoints and the powder filled tree runs are heavenly. What the resort lacks in hotels and restaurants it more than makes up with its local, small town... More
SCSean C.
intermediate skier

4.5 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
Fantastic smaller resort with something for everyone. Amazing vertical, and slopes for every style of skiier. Usually uncrowded on weekdays and the slopes don't fill up too much. Lodge at mid mountain has great food at very reasonable prices. Overall, good bang for your buck but... More
JYJohn Y.
intermediate skier

3.5 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
A-basin is called the legend for a reason. There are beginner runs and facilities, but they are small. At Abasin you can get buck wild with the bad boys on opening day, and the mountain forces you to be a better skiier. There are no lodging facilities, but keystone is just down... More
KFKarl F.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
I call A-Basin the Switzerland of skiing because of its neutrality! Though it is getting more popular compared to the old days which is making parking more difficult by the year, it is still my favorite for its local, everyone knows your name feel versus that corporate takeover... More
APAnthony P.
advanced snowboarder

3.4 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
This resort checks all the boxes for intermediate to advanced level riders. With free parking minutes from the first ski lift, a-basin makes for one wonderful experience. Love this place. ... More
DLDevante L.
intermediate snowboarder

1.1 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
My friends and I completely enjoy the experience. Have not figured out if any buses go out there. Totaly love snowboarding! Hope to make this season better, of course by getting better and how that will be is by going more times this season.... More


High Speed Quad
Quad Chair
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts


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


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