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Arapahoe Basin

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Arapahoe Basin is the home of skiers, snowboarders, and high-alpine adventure-seekers who appreciate a world-class mountain experience in both winter and summer. In winter, A-Basin skis like a big mountain, but the base area is a small, friendly place. In summer, you’ll find huge views and tiny crowds.

Experience the longest winter season in Colorado and some of the West’s highest-elevation, most-challenging ski and ride terrain, plus uncrowded runs, delicious food, a laid-back atmosphere, easy access from Denver, and the friendliest staff in the business. A-Basin invites you to come find all of the reasons it’s called “The Legend.”

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Annual Snowfall:

350 in / 889 cm

Base Elevation:

10,800 ft / 3,292 m

Summit Elevation:

13,050 ft / 3,978 m

Skiable Area:

1,428 acres / 578 hectares

# of trails:



125 acres / 51 hectares

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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.

The Lenawee Express Lift. Replaced in 2022, this high-speed 6-chair is one of the most important lifts on the mountain, taking skiers and riders from mid-mountain to the summit. Len serves everything from the expert East Wall to front-side groomers, so you’re bound to ride Lenawee at least once during your visit. Since the installment of this new chair, skiers and riders have access to a variety of terrain much faster than the previous detachable 3-pack.

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.

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