Arapahoe Basin Stats: 900 acres, 12,472' Lift Served Summit.
13,050' climb to summit elevation. 2,270' Vertical. 109 trails, 8 lifts
(1 high-speed quad, 1 fixed quad, 1 triple, 3 doubles and 2 surface lifts).
Opened in 1946
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is a legend - for being one of the first to open,
last to close, and closest to the roots of Colorado skiing - no frills but lots
of thrills. A-Basin, affectionately named by locals, has one of the longest ski
seasons in North America averaging 233 days open, usually offering October
skiing, vying with Loveland. Arapahoe was first in the nation in 2016,
opening October 21! With a high base elevation of
10,780' on Loveland Pass and no on-mountain lodging within National Forest, its
a core skiers mountain. Arapahoe Basin has 960 acres of ski terrain, almost
scenic above tree line skiing with a 360 degree views of the Colorado Rockies
including Keystone and Breckenridge in the distance. Arapahoe's lift served summit is a
lofty 12,472'. If that is not high enough for you, you can hike the Upper East Wall
to the 13,050 Arapahoe Peak.
Arapahoe is best known for its steep snowy terrain, avid A Basin loyalists, and
the parking lot beach party
that occurs on any given sunny ski day. Come spring time, sunscreen lathered
skiers fire up their BBQs, pull up beach chairs, drink beer, and boast about
lines on Pallavacini that day in their Early Riser parking spot.
Arapahoe Basin's front side offers a nice mix of groomed blues plus steeper
trails and chutes on the East Wall, Land of the Giants and to North Side where
you find North Glade and Pallavacini - our personal favorite. Call it Pali to be
in the know with A Basin regulars.
The base area detachable Black Mountain Express quad chairlift has really improved the
flow at Arapahoe. From the top of this lift you can access the upper mountain
Lenawee triple or the old school Norway Double, or stop to enjoy a snack
break at the beautiful Black Mountain Lodge. For families, the improved Pika
Place is perfect for beginners and kids with a magic carpet and mini terrain park just
steps from the base area. Two higher terrain parks, Treeline TP and High Divide
parks are popular with the next gen of free skiers and snowboarders.
Arapahoe Basin expanded into Montezuma Bowl on the backside (formerly all
hike-to terrain) of the mountain for even more double black extreme chutes like
End Zone, Elephant Trunk and Max that drop off Zuma Cornice, plus a few blues
that bring you to the new backside fixed grip Zuma quad lift, or a bit of a hoof
on the Hike Back Trail if you ski beyond Montezuma's Revenge or Lightning
Arapahoe Basin traditionally gets plenty of snow, about 350' annually, and while the ski area
is a bit old fashioned, opened in 1946, it remains a classic alpine ski area and
it's more affordable than bigger resort-style ski neighbors. For lodging when you
are skiing Arapahoe Basin, look to stay at nearby Keystone or Breckenridge which
have both built tons of lodging beds, hotels and condos. Our editors
recommend skiing Arapahoe Basin on you arrival day, if you fly into Denver on a
morning flight, you can easily be skiing by afternoon at A Basin, or ski here
before your evening departure flight. A Basin a perfect start or finish to your
Colorado ski trip on the I-70 corridor at the ski resorts of Breckenridge,
Keystone, Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek or beyond.