Arapahoe Basin


What sets Arapahoe Basin apart from other ski areas? Elevation, traditions, and challenging terrain.

Founded by WWII veterans and Olympic skiers, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened in 1946 with one tow rope and a $1.25 lift ticket. We now offer more than 1,400 acres, nine lifts, the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, and some of the highest terrain in North America. We are legendary for being true to ourselves, embracing a rich history, promoting a come-as-you-are vibe, and being vocal about our commitment to our environment and local community.

The Basin is a pure skier’s and snowboarder’s mountain and welcomes anyone and everyone. Enjoy some of Colorado’s most adventurous in-bounds terrain, delicious food, uncrowded runs, free parking, easy access, and the friendliest staff in the business. 

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Annual Snowfall:
350 in / 889 cm
Base Elevation:
10,780 ft / 3,286 m
Summit Elevation:
13,050 ft / 3,978 m
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am-4:00 pm
(Estimated Opening Dates below)
Season Dates:
Skiable Area:
1,428 acres / 578 hectares
# of trails:
125 acres / 51 hectares
Bowl Skiing
CAT Skiing
Terrain Parks

Best Known For

Longest season in Colorado from October - June. If you're lucky, you'll get to ski or ride A-Basin on the 4th of July!

The Pallavicini Lift. One ride delivers you to ample advanced/EX terrain. Replaced in 2020, new Pali is the same as old Pali. This fixed-grip double carries guests 1,329 feet up to some of the state's steepest in-bounds terrain. Advanced skiers and riders should not miss The Spine, a staff favorite. 

Relaxed atmosphere & easy access. Only an hour west of Denver and just 5 miles east of Keystone, A-Basin is easy to get to. Park for free and walk to the lift from your car. Don't worry about getting lost in the compact base area. Kick back at the end of the day with an award-winning bacon bloody Mary from the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

AWEsome intermediate experience. A-Basin is legendary for its challenging, adventurous terrain but, if you can ski or ride blues, you can explore the entire mountain, enjoy incredible views of the Continental Divide, get up to 12,500 feet, and experience all on-mountain dining options.

Incredible hike-to terrain for expert skiers and riders. A-Basin is an adventurous mountain and to hike the East Wall is to experience one of The Legend’s biggest adventures. Make your way to 13,050 feet to enjoy the ski area’s most iconic views and some of its most extreme terrain. Access the East Wall chutes with just two, short lift rides, then use the multiple hiking routes to spend an entire day exploring this area. 

il Rifugio, a European bistro at 12,500 feet. Highest restaurant in North America. It's hard to say what's more breathtaking at A-Basin's intimate summit restaurant, the food or the views. il Rifugio and its European menu were inspired by the Alps, which many visitors say A-Basin reminds them of. Featuring table service and a private deck beginning in the 21-22 winter season.


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