Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Arapahoe is more commonly known as “A-Basin”, but it has the unique advantage of being high. Loveland Pass is the highest point at 13,050 feet, while the base elevation stands at 10,780 feet. The resort can stay open well into June, sometimes even beyond the April closing date of the surrounding mountains. Arapahoe is a great place to go spring skiing in Colorado.

Arapahoe has beautiful open runs. Some are steep and some are for beginners. You can find great conditions no matter what the weather is like because runs run down both sides of a mountain ridge. Although this mountain can be windy, it is usually sheltered from the elements on any given day.

Although the resort is not known for its excessive terrain, it’s changing. The resort is currently undergoing a multi-year expansion that includes the Beavers and Steep Gullies expansions for “hike to” skiing. Advanced skiers have found this area to be extremely popular.

Arapahoe’s relaxed, friendly, and traditional atmosphere is a major attraction. People set up barbecues at picnic tables near the parking lot at Arapahoe’s base and watch the skiers descend the slopes. Children, dogs, and all members of the family are welcome to join in the fun, regardless of whether they are skiing.

Arapahoe Basin can be reached easily from Denver. It is also included in many multi-resort or multi-day passes. Many of their specials can also be great deals, especially if they match your ski plans. It’s worth looking into if you’re planning a trip to A-Basin.

Arapahoe will limit day lift ticket sales to a limited number of skiers. This is to preserve the user experience on the hill. This restriction will not apply to EPIC day pass or EPIC season pass holders. It also applies to patrons of the ski school. The resort’s website will post the daily availability. Remember that day lift tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the resort.

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Average, Cheap, Expensive, VIP

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Ski, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling


Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate