A-Basin offers some of the steepest terrain in Colorado. This is a true "locals" hangout. When the mountain is fully open, there is such diversity of runs. You can find the easy groomer (not many of them), the bumped up Pali runs, cornice ally, and then the amazing East Wall. The East Wall offers extreme skiing at the top and expert skiing in the middle. There is a high concentration of telemark skiing at this mountain. This is not a resort, this is a SKI MOUNTAIN! Sure, there is a bar, and a cafeteria, but there is no lodging unless you camp out overnight in your vehicle.
As for the lifestyle at A-Basin, the "lot" is like no other mountain I've ever been too. It reminds me of a tail-gating party before a football game. It's just pure fun! Everyone is always very relaxed and easy going.
Finally, A-Basin has a fantastic Bloody Mary. They also offer Telemark IPA. This is a great beer! I highly suggest you experience A-Basin (THE LEGEND).