Casual approach, long season, nice terrain, great new high lodge, great powder
slow lifts, coooold mid season, no lodging slopeside
A-Basin is a beautiful thing - the lodge is an old A-frame, the snow is good, and the crowd it attracts is seriously fun. Their new lodge up high serves great hot food and is new, clean, and nicer than what I have seen at a lot of other ski hills - it really takes the pressure off the base lodge for services and is right by where there's lots of lift traffic, so it's perfectly done. The views are incredible and the skiing is very, very good. Last time I went there was brewfest Memorial Day weekend, and while the snow was sugary, it was skiable and still fun. I would only wish there were a place to stay at the Mountain (I know, not really important, but it's nice when on vacation) but otherwise this place with its free parking and friendly community attitude is a treasure. We stayed at the Keystone lodge a few miles up the road last May and it was night and day in approach and attitude - with A-Basin being much more fin. As you would expect, during high season the snow is that Summit County Champagne powder and you can't go wrong on the tougher terrain in good snow years.