Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado (US)

Ski Resort Review, Information and Guide

Arapahoe Basin with view of Headwall logo


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Mountain Summary:

Base: 10,780 ft
Summit: 13,050 ft
Vertical: 2,270 ft
Ski area: 960 acres
Trails: 109
Lifts: 6
Six Pack Chairs: 1
Quad Chairs: 1
Triple Chairs: 1
Double Chairs: 3
Terrain parks: 2
Snowfall: 350"


Beginner: 10%
Intermediate: 30%
Advanced/Expert: 60%

Daily Report:

Summer Operations



Resort Services:

  • ski rental
  • ski instruction
  • food
  • lockers

Trail Maps:

A-Basin Weather:
° Weather Forecast
° Weather Radar

Virtual Tours:

Virtual Tour of A-Basin mountain base
Mountain base

Video Tour of
Arapahoe Basin:

Video Tour of A-Basin CO Ski Resort

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Description:

Arapahoe Basin is a popular destination for those seeking the nostalgic simplicity of a ski mountain, advanced open terrain or the longest ski seasons of any resort in Summit county often going strong till the month of June. Located just sixty eight miles West of Denver Colorado, it is one also of the closest full size resorts to this metropolitan city. The resort does not have its own village or town at the base of the mountain but accomodations and services can be found in the nearby town of Frisco or at the nearby ski resort, Keystone.

View of the base of Arapahoe Basin CO

Arapahoe Basin base area

Resort Overview:

Arapahoe Basin: A video tour of the A-Basin Colorado ski resort

This ski resort has easy scenic beginner green runs to very steep and challenging double black diamond runs. With sixty percent of their terrain dedicated to advanced terrain, there is no mistake who their core customer is.

The locals of course call this ski area "A-Basin" and the name is as common as its official title.

Panoramic Image of the base of Arapahoe Basin
Base of Arapahoe Basin CO
Arapahoe Basin Mountain Terrain:

Beginners and Intermediates:

With only ten percent of A-Basin's terrain dedicated to the beginner one may think that the beginner is ignored but that would be untrue. A-Basin has two magic carpet lifts for the tots and ultra beginners with very open beginner terrain.

Beginner ski run

Beginner "Green" run: Sundance

Blue ski run

Intermediate "Blue" run: Lenawee Face

Blue ski run

Wide open "Green" and "Blue" ski runs are accommodating to the beginner and intermediate skiers.

Advanced Terrain:

The advanced single and double black diamond slopes comprise sixty percent of the terrain at Arapahoe Basin. Much of this terrain lies above the tree line at the higher elevations where temperature stays colder and the fluffy powder snow is preserved for a longer duration.

The Gulch

The entrance to The Gulch looks innocent but is well marked.

Advanced terrain

Advanced Black diamond run: The Gulch

Entrance to Pallavicini

The entrance to Pallavicini

Advanced terrain: Pallavicini

Double black diamond run: Pallavicini


With sixty percent of the terrain designated "Advanced", it is no wonder there are plenty of moguls runs as well.

Exhibition mogul run

Looking down "Exhibition"

Exhibition mogul run

More of the run "Exhibition"

International mogul run

Mogul run: International

Hike-able Terrain:

A-Basin East Wall

The most notable due to its prominence and huge stature is "East Wall".

Also see A-Basin Upper East Wall Chutes.

Arapahoe Basin Terrain Parks:

While A-Basin is not known for boarding or terrain parks, it does have two parks (Treeline and High Divide) with your typical park features like rails, table tops and jumps.

A-Basin: Terrain park entrance

Terrain park: "Treeline"

A-Basin: Terrain park rails

A-Basin: Terrain park rails and jump
Village & Shopping:

The base of the mountain can provide basic rentals and equipment repair needs. The outlet mall in Silverthorne is the best nearby shopping with an abundance of brand name outlets. The nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon also have some limited shopping.

Tune Shop

The tune shop at the base can cover basic tune and repair.


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