No frills; it's all about the snow

by: p_nut - Nov 3, 2008

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 2
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: challenging runs, nice snow

    Cons: lousy rental equipment, cafeteria

    Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Nov 1, 2006

Full review

A-Basin is a stripped-down, basic resort with some really fun, challenging runs. This is skiing at its most pure: some lifts, a hefty vertical, and all the glittering Colorado snow you could ask for. I went on a weekday and it felt like my friends and I had the place to ourselves.

On the down side, you need to bring everything you'll need for the day, including food and gear. I had to rent equipment and unfortunately the rental board was untuned and battle-scarred, plus they only stocked one model (some low-end "beginner" board). Also, the cafeteria doesn't have much besides burgers, and it closes early. But if you're prepared for this, A-Basin is a nice break from the overly commercialized ski town experience found in other nearby resorts.