Arapahoe Basin


Founded by five pioneers of skiing—including an Olympian and veterans—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, a kids center and a new European bistro at 12,500 feet with panoramic mountain views. A-Basin is known as The Legend for having the longest ski and ride season in Colorado.  

The Basin is a pure skier’s and snowboarder’s mountain and welcomes anyone and everyone whether they’re learning for the first time, looking for a serious challenge or simply tailgating with friends on The Beach. A-Basin offers an authentic Colorado ski experience with a laid-back culture and vibe. Experience unique events, some of Colorado’s most adventurous terrain and gourmet culinary experiences throughout the season. 


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
Thursday - Sunday: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Season Dates:
Skiable Area:
1,428 acres / 578 hectares
# of trails:
125 acres / 51 hectares
Bowl Skiing
CAT Skiing
Terrain Parks

Best Known For
  • Arapahoe Basin has one of the longest seasons in North America with skiing and snowboarding from mid-October until early June - and occasionally into July!
  • The famous A-Basin Bacon Bloody Mary in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill – we sell over 40,000 a season.
  • The Pallavicini lift – an iconic fixed grip double chair that services some of the snowiest and steepest terrain at the mountain.
  • Uphill access during operating and non-operating hours. To learn more, click here.
  • Family-friendly, laid back atmosphere – free slope-side parking, one convenient base area and affordable snowsports lessons for kids and adults.

For all things Arapahoe Basin, click here.

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