Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Ski Resort

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Overview

Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. A-basin features a vertical rise of 2,270 feet and a summit elevation of 13,050 feet with 1428 accessible acres and an average snowfall of 350 inches. The terrain is rated 7% beginner, 20% intermediate, 49% advanced and 24% expert with the signature run Pallavicini as one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails.

Closest lodging is five miles away at Keystone Resort. Lodging also is available in the nearby towns of Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Breckenridge - all within 20 minutes of the ski area.

Terrain

A-Basin is a great option for all ability types offering up some excellent expert terrain combined with long wide groomers and a learner’s slope for beginners. With 147 trails and eight chairlifts, the ski resort sits at the base of the continental divide and has one of the highest base elevations in Colorado.

Terrain options are plentiful with high-alpine bowls, tree glades, chutes, wide-open groomers and amazing off-piste options. The East Wall contains some of the most difficult terrain within the resort boundaries. Skiers and riders can access the upper East Wall, home to double-black expert terrain, via a steep hike or traverse to the lower East Wall without hiking.

Inside Scoop

Arapahoe Basin is home to some of the highest skiable terrain in North America. The current A-Frame lodge located at the base area was once used as a missile testing facility but now offers up multiple dining options for visitors. 

Plan Your Trip

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

55"
34"
23"
12"
1"
34"
Nov
43"
Dec
43"
Jan
45"
Feb
45"
Mar
40"
Apr
34"
May
1"
Jun

Terrain Overview

7%
Beginners Runs
20%
Intermediate Runs
49%
Advanced Runs
24%
Expert Runs
147
Runs in Total
1.5 mi
Longest Run
1428 ac
Skiable Terrain
125 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 9

1
High Speed Quads
3
Quad Chairs
1
Triple Chairs
1
Double Chairs
3
Surface Lifts

Elevation

13050'
Summit
2530'
Vertical Drop
10780'
Base

Important Dates

October 22, 20222022/10/22
Projected Opening
June 04, 20232023/06/04
Projected Closing
270
Projected Days Open
234
Days Open Last Year
76
Years Open
350"
Average Snowfall
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