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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JMJohn M.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
Arapahoe basin is my favorite Colorado resort! Reach the beach! Short lines and great intermediate terrain! This is a no frills, family friendly gem. I love that it is simply not pretentious, just ski baby!... More
MMMark M.
expert skier

3.7 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
A-Basin is not Vail. Its not Aspen. Its not an all inclusive amusement park, though Keystone next door comes close. A visit to Summit County isnt complete without a couple days at the Basin. Spring skiing there is amazing. And longest season in Colorado! But its just... More
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
This is by far the best resort of the area specially if youre going on a day trip. Its close,accesibleand has a local friendly vibe. Its always the first one to open and the last one to close in the season. Snow quality is amazing and it just keeps getting better. I love Abasin!... More
JNJames N.
advanced skier

3.3 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Absolutely love arapahoe basin. I enjoy how its a resort more than an area. Friendly staff and more than reasonably priced food and drinks as well. Great runs and just feels like a good ski day every day you go... More
PSPatrick S.
expert skier

3.7 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
ABasin is great, but it's crowded at beginning and end of season when other resorts closed. Great expert terrain and I am extremely excited to ski the new terrain. Best mountain on 70... More
BMBrett M.
advanced snowboarder

3.5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
I love abasin.Always first to open. Last to close.Nught life us a little lacking.very close to denver and loveland pass. People who want a no frills old school ski mountain.... More
intermediate skier

4.3 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
A basin is by far one of my favorite resorts, it’s close enough to Denver to get there quickly but far enough out of the city to be a nice quiet get away. Not only is the mountain fun to ski down but lunch and food options are great for refueling to get a full day of fun. I... More
ZAZofia A.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
I love Arapahoe Basin - it's our go-to for the early and late season, plus any day that they get powder. Though it's isolated from any sort of town or lodging, it's the closest resort to Denver on the epic local pass and great for all difficulty levels. I love the 8-month-long... More
DSDavid S.
advanced null

4.4 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
Abasin is one of my favorite resorts, I especially like their extra long season. They’re also adding some new terrain which is great! Good for all levels but not many runs for beginners. Parking can be a pain on busy days so best to arrive early if possible.... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 29, 2017
Very fun resort, of course one of the first to open too! Such a great resort especially for how close it is to Denver as well! I can't wait for the snow to pick up, most resorts are icy to begin with!


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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