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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TTad
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 29, 2017
This place is great to get away from the larger crowds of the bigger resorts. It's great for the advanced ski/boarder with a great mix of terrain. I would definitely recommend.
MVMike V.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 27, 2017
Best resort in summit county for hitting the gnarly terrain and getting those pre season turns in beautiful place with great people no better place to visit then a basin!
GCGreg C.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 26, 2017
I went to A-basin for the first time in 17 years last February. I still think this is the most scenic mountain, and by far has the greatest staff. In addition, the back bowl is sweet, especially w the cornice to drop off of into the bowl. Then finish the run off w some easy,... More
JBJoel B.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 26, 2017
Arapahoe Basin has the longest season in the US! It typically opens in October and closes in June. The front side of the mountain faces north allowing it to hold snow better than other resorts. During the winter, check out the south facing Zuma bowl. It has intermediate terrain... More
FBSFrank B. S.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 26, 2017
Some of the best riding in CO. Smaller, off the beaten path, not a lot if beginner terrain. Get there early for a spot on "The beach" to party slope-side.
EWEvan W.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 26, 2017
Great resort focused more towards a serious rider. High altitude can make for exiting weather conditions. Longest season in Co. Closest summit county resort. Surprisingly great food and drinks for a small resort.
GEGenesis E.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 26, 2017
A basin is a really great place to fulfill all of the fun winter activities that many people appreciate. They maintain the mountain very well and the friendly staff is very professional and willing to help. A basin is a really great place for all levels of skiers and is a really... More
KLKyle L.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 24, 2017
By far the best terrain and vibe in Summit County. A classic Colorado ski area, a throwback to the age of box lunches, cheap beer, and short lift lines. The Pallavacini lift on the front side is long time locals favorite. Long season and the Beach is a must do on any Spring Break... More
BMBrett M.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 22, 2017
Love this mt. The long season and the small mt feel. Always gets the most snow. Not as busy as many other nts. They always open first. More of a local feel
JMJosh M.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 21, 2017
Great friendly local vibe, employees are awesome and helpful! And the attitude on the mountain is always amazing, and the scenery of “the wall” and Loveland pass makes it a beautiful area

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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