Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Summit County, CO

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is located to the west of the Continental Divide on US Highway 6 in Keystone, Colorado, which is part of Summit County. If you hear people talking about the […]

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is located to the west of the Continental Divide on US Highway 6 in Keystone, Colorado, which is part of Summit County. If you hear people talking about the ski and snowboard area A-Basin, this is the place. In the 1940’s, a group of people including Max and Edna Dercum had a vision to develop and open the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, as well as, the Ski Tip Lodge in the area south of Loveland Pass, Co. Their dream became a reality and “the Legend” as it is known opened in 1946. Over the years, Arapahoe Basin or A-Basin has become recognized for its advanced and expert terrain, along with one of the longest seasons in Colorado and North America often stretching into late June or early July. In the race amongst industry peers to be the first to open for the new season, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has successfully claimed these bragging rights on several occasions.

On the Slopes

  • Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is known as a mountain with spectacular advanced and expert trails that occupy almost 60% of its terrain. One of its signature runs, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails. However, the great news is that 40% of the terrain is available for a leisurely family outing or for those just new to winter sports.
  • Arapahoe Basin is a fun mountain with incredible views and wide-open terrain on the front side with trails such as High-Noon, Norway-Face and Sundance that allow you to gain as much vertical in a day as you desire. A nice feature at A-Basin is after a long day you can ski or snowboard to the parking lot.
  • The Montezuma Bowl, which opened for the 2007/08 winter season, added over 400-acres to A-Basin. This area is serviced by the Zuma lift, which is a fixed quad chair. In the “Zuma” bowl the terrain is about a 95% advanced/expert collection of steeps, chutes and powder to get your heart pumping. The other 5% intermediate is groomed trails winding down to the base of the chairlift. Note: if you go below the base of the chairlift you will need to hike back to the chair.
  • Arapahoe Basin offers some of the highest skiable terrain in North America. Given the high base altitude at A-Basin, which is over 10,000ft., it is a good idea to give yourself some time to become used to the altitude, lots of water is recommended.
  • When you visit A-Basin, you will have the opportunity to enjoy two terrain parks, Treeline and High Divide. Treeline Terrain Park stands alone as being located at the highest elevation of any terrain park in North America and features all the usual challenges that terrain park enthusiasts have come to enjoy. High Divide is perfect for new terrain park seekers who want to practice their skills or for those who just fine tune their moves.
  • Arapahoe Basin offers lessons and programs for skiers and snowboarders of all ages making it a truly family-friendly place to visit. They host several types of lesson options for children, as well as, many adult programs including the Legendary Ladies program and Telemark lessons.

Off the Slopes

  • Arapahoe Basin is home to six food and beverage options where you can grab a simple snack or a sit-down meal during your day on the slopes. One stop is the Black Mountain Lodge, in addition to its daily offerings, it also plays host to the Moonlight Dinner Series. Check the website for more details.
  • Arapahoe Basin is classified as a day skier or snowboarder destination as there are no mountain-side accommodations available. However, just a short distance away in Summit County the towns of Silverthorne, Dillion, Frisco, Breckenridge or Keystone offer a variety of lodging choices that will fit most budgets. Worth noting is that transit service throughout Summit County and to A-Basin is “free of charge”.
  • Looking to shop for a token of your visit or possibly you forgot something at home; visit Arapahoe Sports located in the A-Frame building offers gloves, hats, goggles, helmets and souvenirs. Also, rental of pants and jackets are available if you don’t have your own gear.

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On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2270 ft / 692 m

Base Elevation:
10780 ft / 3286 m

Summit Elevation:
13050 ft / 3978 m

Skiable Area:
960 acres

Average Snowfall:
350 in / 889 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 109

Beginner: 11 (10%)

Intermediate: 33 (30%)

Advanced: 40 (37%)

Expert: 25 (23%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Eagle County CO , 77mi / 124km

Nearest Major City:
Denver CO, 64mi / 103km

Nearest Town/City:
Silverthorne CO, 13mi / 21km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Oct 13 to Jun 3

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun, 8:30am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 8

Express Quad Chairs: 1

Quad Chairs: 1

Triple Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 3

Surface Lifts: 2


Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Eagle County  (EGE)
Distance: 77 mi / 124 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Denver Intl Airport  (DEN)
Distance: 88 mi / 142 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-888-272-7246

Direct Phone: 970-468-0718

Snow Phone: 1-888-272-7246

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Airport Transportation

Airport Transportation

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Airport Transportation