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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PMPaige M.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 20, 2017
A-Basin was where I first learned to ski and is still one of my favorites. The resort is beautiful, has a great food and drink options, friendly staff and awesome ski runs.
KRKen R.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 20, 2017
This is a great family resort with lots of runs for different abilities. We ski Arapahoe atleast 2 times a year. Great accommodations near by so we don't have to drive far to enjoy the amenities Arapahoe has to offer.
LMLori M.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 19, 2017
One of our favorite ski resorts to visit. Very family friendly and has a wonderful ski school for children. There are 2 nice restaurants to eat and have a drink after a day on the slopes. Also, ample parking and a nice store to purchase things you need are available.
JGJt G.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
Absolutely the best resort out there! Such a down home local feel. Really makes you feel at home. Montezuma Bowl is amazing and the new runs they are putting in look amazing.
ARAleah R.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
I love Arapahoe Basin because it's such a small town and the slopes aren't very crowded plus you can also rent bikes and commute around town which makes it really easy overall I think Arapahoe Basin is a really nice resort to ski at.
AMAndrew M.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 15, 2017
Fantastic mountain with a local flair! Big enough to get out and rip, especially on snow days, but doesn't feel as commercial as some of the other mountains on the I-70 corridor.
RPRob P.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 13, 2017
This a great little resort nestling in the rockies of Colorado. It has a family feel, everyone is so friendly and incredibly enthusiastic about the snow. It provides a great cross section of runs, from easy to challenging with access to some awesome backcountry.
DLDalton L.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
A true locals resort, Arapahoe Basin has many advantages over it's neighboring resorts. It is located close to Denver, offers extreme terrain at the famous "East Wall," and typically receives less traffic than neighboring Keystone. In addition to this, Arapahoe Basin competes to... More
DJDavid J.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
Skiing or riding great terrain without the traffic and dangerous out of state visitors. The parking lot sits at about 10500 feet. The runs are steep and long.. the Beach is awesome...and don't miss out on the Bloodies......
JJason
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
Arapahoe basin is great for intermediate and advanced skiers, but not really for beginners. The terrain is mostly steep and at high altitude. There are lots of trees as well.

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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