Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado (US)

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Arapahoe Basin with view of Headwall

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A-Basin 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%

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Video Tour of A-Basin:

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Description:
View of the base of Arapahoe Basin CO

Araphoe 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. Located just sixty eight miles West of Denver Colorado, it is one also of the closest full size resorts to this metropolitan city.

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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