Arapahoe Basin Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 11 Beginner
  • 33 Intermediate
  • 65 Advanced
  • 25 Expert
Situated on the Continental Divide, with 960 acres of rugged peaks, spruce forests and natural, rolling terrain, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area boasts the longest ski season in Colorado. A-Basin has three dining locations, including Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain, and ski and snowboard lessons available every day of the season. The legendary mountain offers affordable pricing, family-friendly events and a ... fun, authentic vibe that locals and vacationers of all ages enjoy. Read more

Arapahoe Basin Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Arapahoe Basin Operations



Lifts Open/Total

1 of 8

Weekday Hours

Mon-Fri: 9a-4p

Trails Open/Total

1 of 109

Weekend Hours

Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p

Acres Open/Total

20 of 960

Arapahoe Basin Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

10,780 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,270 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

13,050 ft

Arapahoe Basin Ski Pictures and Photos

Arapahoe Basin Logo
Arapahoe Basin Trail Map

Arapahoe Basin Reviews & Tips (111)

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If you're an intermediate skier, or are with one, who's fine on steep blues, but not into black runs with bumps, check out the Black Bear run on the Montezuma Bowl. It had been groomed not long before we were there, and was accessible by traversing over from Larkspur (blue) run. It's steep, but not mogully (unless you want to do some small moguls by staying to the left side of the groomed area) where groomed. Gives an intermediate skier a chance to do a black run without getting hung up in moguls.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 31 2016 - 09:11 AM
Mark Intermediate Skier
A-basin has to be my favorite ski resort. The ambience of the place cannot be understated being right on the Continental Divide with the facing mountains looking at you all day long! Absolutely beautiful. The resort is more quaint than most ski resorts which also adds to the experience as well as having lots of terrain above the treeline that allows you to make the run whatever you want it to be in cutting your own line or cruising! The crowds when I was there were next to nothing meaning no waiting in lift lines! The liftopia deal that includes the lunch voucher was a superb deal for the money and the food at Black Mountain grill was terrific!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 20 2016 - 02:44 PM
Cameron Intermediate Snowboarder
To this point as a Skier this is the best mountain I have ever experienced. After doing most of the mountain, my friends took me off trail. We had soo much fun, I would definitely go there again.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 15 2016 - 08:36 AM
Shaheed Intermediate Skier
They call it The Legend for a reason. Most beautiful place to ski with the mellowest crowd of real skiers and sliders.BIG TIP: there is no cell service anywhere on the mountain although they do have free wireless in the base lodge.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 01 2016 - 02:18 PM
Rick Advanced Skier
Love A-Basin. Had 2 awesome weekdays here Feb 2016. I will repeat what's been posted here: Some great "Blue" runs which are steeper than most blues. All the "Black" runs are filled with bumps, which excludes me! An awesome 1/4 mile prairie or meadow which invites you to change your balance and coast. AB, consider moving a leveller or grooming machine over ONE SIDE of those Black/Blue areas above Molly Hogan learning area, and maybe a bit to the "right". It is always great to have an out when skiing over the bumps.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 27 2016 - 02:31 PM
Mike Intermediate Skier
My first time at A-Basin. Beautiful area. Great staff. Would not recommend for snowboarders. Didn't feel a lot of love. I should have known when I saw that the majority were skiers.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 15 2016 - 01:26 AM
Missy Intermediate Snowboarder
Absolutely beautiful!! Nice variety of runs, and very friendly staff. I'd go back in a New York second.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 30 2016 - 01:26 PM
Rod Advanced Skier
A-basin is awesome. Especially if you go in the middle of the week. Well actually, all resorts are better during the middle of the week.. but Arapahoe is better. The lift from the base is quick if you want to do a bunch of quick turns (the quickest out of all the nearby resorts). And the lifts to the upper mountain and back bowl are pretty quick as well. It's also got a really easily accessible terrain park that's good for practice. While it doesn't have the most extensive or most challenging terrain (I'd go with Vail for that), you still won't get bored, and it's a great place to get a full day in with limited wait time and low prices.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 30 2016 - 09:37 AM
Bryant Intermediate Snowboarder
Not enough people (2) manning the ticket widows. It shouldn't take you 20 minutes to recive your pass, particularly when you have already purchased the tickets the day before. How hard would it be to have the tickets printed out ahead of time? A lot of time is wasted asking demographic information which could be accessed from the form I already filled out.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 28 2015 - 09:19 AM
Paul Bartos Intermediate Skier
Try the Black Mountain burger and a beer at the Black Mountain Lodge, mid-mountain. Superb.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 06 2015 - 07:17 PM
Richard Intermediate Skier
A-Basin is no longer the hidden treasure of the front range. Due to how proud all the other Summit resorts have become of their slopes, A-Basin is the only "affordable" alternative within 3 hours of Denver. Therefore, get up early if you don't want to walk forever to get to the lifts and stand in line for your first runs. Go to the back bowl if it is open and avoid the bottom of the hill where the longest lines are. I've been skiing the Summit since 1980 and am sad to see how so expensive the area has become.
Arapahoe Basin review written Sep 14 2015 - 09:37 PM
Rob Buff Advanced Skier
May 10, 2015, 14 inches fell in the previous 24 hours. As A-Basin was the only resort still open, all of Denver, Boulder, Golden and Summit County were there and even though the drive to Loveland Pass was a breeze, problems started right after topping out on Loveland Pass with a giant traffic jam all the way to A-Basin (40 minutes stuck in traffic), it was a zoo. I ended up parking in Keystone and catching a bus back up to A-Basin, waited in line 20 minutes to get my ticket at the window and another 20 minutes to get on the first lift, skied 2 minutes to wait another 20 minutes at the second lift. So basically I got to the area around 9:20 but did not start making turns until 11:30. So word to the wise, when all the CO resorts are closed and it dumps, get up EARLY and be prepared for crowds. The ski area itself is great, I got to ski a run off North Pole so that made my day.
Arapahoe Basin review written May 12 2015 - 09:05 PM
Joe Schmuck Advanced Skier
I am an intermediate skier who loves to ski on groomed terrain and to try skiing powder. The good part about A-basin is that there are black runs that I can actually ski that do have areas within that have powder, or are less used than other runs. Definitely also try the BBQ at Black Mountain Lodge, it is smoky and awesome. Especially the ribs. I am from Texas and I know good BBQ. A Basin is a great uncrowded place for excellent skiing and a great place for a meetup or party with friends - note the picnic tables
Arapahoe Basin review written May 06 2015 - 03:04 PM
Sonja Janysek Intermediate Skier
I bought 2 tickets and skied with my daughter on 3/12. We loved the free lunch, the food was delicious. We skied off the Palli lift all afternoon and never waited in line and the tree skiing on either side of Palavincini was great. We like it so much we bought tickets for the next day and went back to do it again.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 18 2015 - 08:33 PM
Denise Greene Advanced Skier
Best bacon bloody mary ever. Conditions weren't great and it was a monday so not crowded. would be afraid to go there on a weekend due to the limited number of high speed lifts. People very friendly and great vibe but if flying from east coast, probably better to hit one of the bigger resorts and pay a little more. Was there Monday March 9, 2015.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 11 2015 - 02:08 PM
Chris Advanced Snowboarder
Old school all the way. Lots of great terrain to test your skills and great BBQ at the mid station lodge. Go to lunch early to get a seat and enjoy.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 10 2015 - 06:10 PM
Kevin Advanced Skier
Best mountain ever. Staff is the friendliest and the trails are simply amazing! So much fun.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 10 2015 - 05:07 PM
Lindsey Advanced Snowboarder
A-Basin is loved by the local population BECAUSE it does not have the same amenities as a big resort and there are a lot of advanced runs. No other resort in Summit County can you park and put on your skis to get to the lift. If you don't want to wait in lines on the weekend, get there early and head to the top/back of the mountain or get there late and do the same. We had a guest visit and got the lunch/ticket deal. If you don't use the full amount they write what is left so you can use your voucher another time. The food at Black Mountain is great too.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 05 2015 - 02:38 PM
Summit County Local Advanced Skier
I have been to A-Basin for 2 weekends this year. It is a unique experience that offers mostly advanced terrain. The blue runs here are quite a bit steeper then other Colorado resorts. The only real difference between blue and black seems to be that blue are groomed and black are not. You can get some very good high speed runs on the groomers when the lifts open. This place has the best lunch menu in their mid mountain lodge of anywhere I have skied. The pig is excellent. The bad. Getting here. Be very careful if you choose to travel US6 west from Denver. Only use this route over Loveland pass in perfect weather conditions and still be very cautious. On a 30 degree sunny afternoon a few days from the last snow storm, I found myself sliding sideways down some black ice and fortunately there was no car coming the other direction at the time.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 10 2015 - 10:20 AM
Ryan Advanced Skier
Great day at A Basin on 2/6/14. This place is definitely for the intermediate/ advanced skier as there did not seem to be many green trails and most blues were steeper and ungroomed. For me, the skiing was incredible and the terrain varies greatly so no two runs are the same. The lift ticket/$15 lunch voucher deal is worth it (I paid $68) as the ticket alone at the booth was $85 and the lunch selection and prices were excellent.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 09 2015 - 07:04 AM
Marc Advanced Skier
Great experience at Arapahoe Basin!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 15 2015 - 11:26 AM
Stephanie Beginner Skier
Great experience at Arapahoe Basin!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 15 2015 - 11:26 AM
Stephanie Beginner Skier
I would say that this is not the best place to ski if you're not a confident skier yet. They have fantastic runs but the blues do have some moguls and are tougher in my opinion. If you are confident I highly suggest the Montezuma bowl. Lots of great runs, but it's easy to miss if you don't think about it since it's on the backside of the mountain.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 12 2015 - 08:59 AM
Kirsten Intermediate Skier
Great resort for intermediate and advanced skiers/snowboarders. A couple we rode the lift with asked us for the easiest runs/bunny hill, and there are only a few at this resort. Even the greens are steep! Staff was very friendly and helpful and we enjoyed lunch half way up the hill. The snow is wonderfully light and fluffy and Montezuma, the back bowl, just opened up for the season with lots of powder!
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 28 2014 - 04:12 PM
Elise Intermediate Skier
Big shout out to a lift operator that literally put his body in between my son and a fly away chair lift. He was carried off the hill to the hospital. It would have blind sided my son and probably broke his back. Employees were great! Day of skiing was great...we will be back!
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 26 2014 - 05:27 PM
Kim Intermediate Skier
Too bad when I went on 12-9 only 2 lifts open, so missed the variety. They need more snow! Otherwise conditions good, not crowded.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 18 2014 - 04:41 PM
MagicJewell Intermediate Skier
Buy your tickets in advance on Liftopia! We had an out-of-town guest in. And, we changed our plans to ski at the last minute, but were still able to get our lift tickets at over 30% off! Re tip: As it is still early in the season, all of the runs aren't completely covered with a good snow pack yet. Do inquire with the information desk and rental personnel regarding run conditions, before getting on the lifts. I had a beginner with me. We were surprised to learn that the green runs weren't all open and that a blue run was labeled as green. That said, it was perfect weather, my guest handled the newly "greened" blue run beautifully, and we all had a really good time and wonderful ski day! Additionally, at the lodge, the food/snack options and bar specials, were tops!
Arapahoe Basin review written Nov 24 2014 - 10:04 AM
Jay Intermediate Skier
Great! Final Week.....June 1st goes dark..... But.....go early before it softens up and you are in for a great time! Nice friendly staff balance out a great day!!
Arapahoe Basin review written May 22 2014 - 09:07 PM
Hono Advanced Skier
Just went to A-Basin 2 days ago....conditions were awesome. Had skied here for years, having season passes each year. Because of different reasons the past 2 years, hadn't skied up at A-Basin. This past Saturday, my daughters and I fell in love again. We love the true Colorado vibe, the people having a joyous time on the beach, the friendly and chill staff. This is the easiest ski area to stay connected with the rest of your party as you can all end up back at the same place without being lost. For the skiers that like skiing in the same light that a Pit Bull likes steak.....this is the place. There are more experienced skiers here per capita than any other resort...if you are a person that wants to get better, most of the people up here would be glad to give you a tip about the run you are getting ready to take, whether the terrain you are headed to is appropriate for your confidence and skier type. If you are that just ready to "feel it" skier becoming a "bumper" ask a good skier if they mind you dropping into a line behind them so they can see the path "line" to take. That may just be "the" time it all comes together. Heck I am getting giddy just talking about it....Have fun Spacin' at the Basin.
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 28 2014 - 06:53 PM
Mike Advanced Skier
skied a basin in mid october and again in mid may. For the die hard that wants to get in a few early chair rides up and turns down or some late season runs, this is your mountain the hike up to the east wall is worth it
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 26 2014 - 05:08 PM
brad briner Advanced Skier
One great place to ski, especially after they get some new powder, like I had on April 3rd. If you stay in Keystone or Breckenridge take the Summit Stage Bus line, it is free, comfortable and a great way to get to the hill and they stop right in front of the lift! The A Basin has some great, long powder runs, no lift lines and a very friendly staff. I will be back for more.
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 05 2014 - 02:35 PM
Stan Advanced Skier
Great mountain full of challenging terrain. If it's open, hiking the east wall is worth the time!! Get there early to park on "the beach" and don't miss the Bacon Bloody Mary!!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 12 2014 - 02:27 PM
Louis Advanced Skier
We got to ABasin ( hadn't skied there since the late 80s). There is more terrain to ski now. We were greeted by "free" tour guides and they offer 1 1/2 h tours to see the whole mountain. So glad we did it. Our guide was Bob Pietrick and he was awesome. Skied and saw more of the mountain than we would have. We re-fell in love with ABasin!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 07 2014 - 06:19 AM
Wendy from Traverse City Intermediate Skier
Another great experience at A-Basin. It's got great terrain, friendly staff, wonderful snow and simply a Colorado Classic. You haven't seen the last of me A-Basin!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 25 2014 - 05:41 PM
Craig5280 Advanced Skier
M - F skiing is fabulous. If you must ski Sat & Sun, arrive around 8AM or 9.30AM and then you miss the traffic, parking congestion, and lift ticket purchase lines.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 23 2014 - 09:08 PM
Candace in Denver Advanced Skier
I haven't been up here in awhile. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the main lodge was remodeled and was really nice to hangout there for a quick lunch. And as always offering up the steepest and most challenging terrains in the summit. Still one of my favorite ski hills.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 23 2014 - 10:12 PM
Carson Advanced Skier
While most downhill skiing is mechanized to some extent, A-Basin avoids the "industrial" feel of say Breckenridge and Vail, places where you literally have to wait in line to get OFF the mountain, which to me is insanity. Skiing under the Pallavicini Chair is about as good as it gets when the snow is good…and it's good often at A-Basin. The Montezuma Bowl is fine, though the hike to ski runs are short you can still find good snow directly under the lift or to the trees just to the right. Oh yes, forgot to mention, you'll find people at A-Basin who go to ski, not be seen skiing. Is there a difference? You bet, just hang out in the bar afterwards and enjoy the unpretentious company and staff!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 22 2014 - 02:31 PM
Christopher Mixson Advanced Skier
Went up on Jan 15. Good coverage on all open trails, there was supposed to be 12" the day (Tuesday) before it was a search to find untouched powder (but it was there and worth a couple of runs). Great conditions otherwise. Much more snow than this time last year.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 16 2014 - 06:25 PM
Tony Advanced Skier
Absolutely loved A Basin - even better than Vail the day before. Way better attitude, got some great runs, everyone so friendly and prices right from everything from lift tickets to lockers. Black Mountain Lodge had great food too. Such a great spot
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 05 2014 - 05:05 PM
Lily Intermediate Skier
Enjoyed a full day of skiing on 12/30/13. The back bowl wasn't open but there was still plenty of great snow. I was surprised how many runs we were able to get in before and after lunch. By 4:00 p.m. I was whipped. The only downside all day was a snowboarder who cartwheeled uphill from me and then had a few choice words to share. I laughed it off as I was off to the side of the run and the last time I remember learning anything about skiing courtesy I believe you're responsible for avoiding the people below you. LOL Other than the horrific drive to and from Loveland (that's the scary part of the day) we had a blast at A Basin.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 01 2014 - 03:20 PM
David Advanced Skier
A-Basin is the Jam! $45 liftopia ticket for one ski run was much better than a $67 full day ticket or $55 half-day. Days inn in Silverthorn was a great place to stay on a budget. 24-hour hot tub and continental breakfast! Only $65 during early early season!
Arapahoe Basin review written Oct 17 2013 - 02:23 PM
Anthony Advanced Skier
It has been about twelve years since I skied "The Legend". Going back was partly nostalgic and partly rediscovery. The first time I skied A-Basin I was astonished to find incredible powder skiing in the midst of May. This local area, with all its colorful people, has beach party fun-in-sun tailgaters at the bottom and a rugged set of peaks and trails with a more arctic feel as you get to the top. My suggestion is to watch the snow and weather reports. On Saturday the snow went from crusty, almost icy, to pasty, making skis stick to oatmeal consistency snow. A-Basin stretches the ski season to an extraordinary degree: It can be spring conditions or prime conditions depending on the day. They often stay open into June, but your prospects start to melt away with each passing weak. Bring plenty of sunscreen and watch out for the racers who do a straight shoot down the mountain.
Arapahoe Basin review written May 07 2013 - 04:37 PM
JPski Intermediate Skier
A-Basin has a cool vibe and is a beautiful mountain, but, beginners and weak intermediate skiers will be challenged here. I had quite a lot of trouble on even some of the blue square trails here. Most all of the blue square trails started out very steep and led into sections that were ungroomed which caused me to fall quite a few times. To ski into the back bowl, the Montezuma Bowl, you have to take black diamond trails which I was 100% not comfortable doing after falling all morning on those steep square trails. For beginners, I'd recommend trying it out on powder day when the snow is more forgiving.
Arapahoe Basin review written May 06 2013 - 12:26 PM
Jacquie T. Intermediate Skier
Not a mountain for a first timer! Epic Mountain without a snob vibe. True lovers of open country surround A-Basin!
Arapahoe Basin review written May 05 2013 - 06:08 PM
Pat Intermediate Skier
Been skiing A-Basin for 37 years, my favorite Colorado resort !
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 15 2013 - 07:35 PM
Alan Advanced Skier
You must huck the Cornice! Great fun and great photo ops!!! delicious food at mid-mountain lodge!!!
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 03 2013 - 05:48 PM
Jane Advanced Skier
Family day and found something for everyone. The "non resort" feel has it's appeal, and the skiing and zero lift lines are awesome. Some like Montezuma, but I love Pallavicini and all the over to Gauthier.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 17 2013 - 01:22 PM
Karl Advanced Skier
This is my favorite place to ski in Summit county. Its a ski area, not a ski resort. Got an old school feel, not all "familied" out like the big resorts. Usually pretty windy up top, so be prepared. The front side is good, but the gem is the back bowl. Keep an eye on the snow report and check out A-Basin when Montezuma Bowl is open. Lift ticket prices are great.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 19 2013 - 08:52 AM
Jason Advanced Skier
Great resort if you want to do CO the Colorado way. Without any of the glitz and glam of Aspen or Vail, prices are low all around. All new Black Mountain Lodge offers great food at the lowest possible prices anywhere around. Its friendly staff and ample terrain, along with the short/fast lines any day of the week make it a destination I will revisit multiple times in the future, regardless of snow conditions.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 10 2013 - 12:58 PM
David Intermediate Snowboarder
The most awesome time maybe ever! I think there was maybe 100 skiers on the whole mountain, probably because Sunday was too warm and just corn snow. But Tuesday we got like 6 inches of snow in the afternoon, and it was empty! Kept meeting the same people over and over. No wait at all on the lift. Only downside was that Montezuma was closed--you could go over the edge and ski, but... you would have to climb back 2000 feet to get to the front side of the mountain. Didn't sound smart to me LOL Definitely wil go back Wednesday during the break at our conference in Keystone. Accuweather predictes 8-16" of snow late late Tuesday through early Thursday morning. Awesome! A-basin rocks! Good IPA in the bar, too, and they give you a GLASS glass, not one of those damn plastic beer cups.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 29 2013 - 03:17 PM
anton Intermediate Skier
This week was my fifth time skiing (I used to snowboard before) and my first time at Arapahoe. They hadn't had any snow in about two weeks so I was dubious of how the conditions would be, but the grooming was sufficient to have some good runs with minimal ice. Before I went I read a bunch of reviews and was worried about how steep it was going to be for my beginner self, but it wasn't impossibly steep (although it felt steeper due to the lack of powder) and I had a lot of fun!! There were very few people out - definitely less touristy than the other runs in the area. I did have some altitude dizziness/headache because of how high Arapahoe is - it's the highest slope around peaking at around 12,500 feet. And it's definitely colder at the top of the runs than the base, so dress warmly even if it feels warm at the bottom! :)
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 25 2013 - 03:54 PM
Callie Beginner Skier
my favorite place to go in my 3 pak pass(brek/keystone)... mid and late season the best snow in summit county- 1000 ft higher. and when theres hardly any parking left, get on the mt and still not as crowded as bigger resorts. ride snow up to your car, grill out for lunch, and hardly any walk back to the lift. people, atmosphere, and price cant be beat
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 06 2012 - 08:28 AM
darren Intermediate Snowboarder
Skiied A-Basin Nov. 29th. There weren't too many runs open, but it was pretty much empty. Had a great time. Definitely recommend checking it out.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 03 2012 - 12:37 PM
Mike Intermediate Skier
Light dusting of snow the day (Apr 27th) we went, definitely weren't expecting anything but sunshine and slush....spots were icy in places though...just got word the bay is closing this weekend...sad but kind of necessary due to the lack of snow this season. Overall great value and good service. Hopefully next year we'll get more snow and we can ski in July again
Arapahoe Basin review written May 01 2012 - 10:02 PM
McKenzie Intermediate Snowboarder
I had great time on April 29-30, even they had only 3" new snow, and just 2 lifts operating, still makes it better skiing experience than east coast, where you more likely will have only ice. I like to go again in June if any luck that resort will be open
Arapahoe Basin review written May 01 2012 - 02:51 PM
Yuriy Intermediate Skier
It could have been better. It was nice in the morning due to the wind keeping the snow from melting. I was like slurpie at the bottom after 1 pm. I wish I would have went on Sunday rather than Saturday since the fresh 8 inches would have helped A-basin's and my cause. My daughter learned to ski for the first time and she is 4. I was glad the lift ticket was only $49. Pat from Anaheim Hills, CA
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 16 2012 - 02:23 PM
Pat Advanced Skier
This was my first experience with Liftopia. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. My (personalized) ticket was waiting for me at the service desk - no problem at all - and a great price!
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 11 2012 - 02:07 PM
Bill Advanced Skier
Experienced 6" powder snow today at the Basin. Super Skiing! It was easy even for beginners.
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 03 2012 - 03:06 PM
BLD Advanced Skier
The blues were more challenging than other places, especially towards the bottom. Lots of options for blues at the top. I loved skiing here and there was never a long wait for lifts!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 17 2012 - 12:45 PM
Naya Intermediate Skier
The views at A-Basin are unbelievable! Great, long runs. Montezuma Bowl was open (back side) and I was flying down Columbine. This mountain will stretch your skiing ability. Love the Black Mountain Lodge located mid-mountain.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 08 2012 - 05:52 AM
Cynthia R Intermediate Skier
Great unknown ski when the weather is nice. If you buy through Liftopia don't pick your tickets up at ticket window. Pick them up next door at customer service.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 07 2012 - 05:30 PM
Bocadog Intermediate Skier
Awesome mountain! The way it should be: short lines, long runs, lots of terrain, great people. Reminds me of a 'locals' bar, for lack of a better term, good vibes and never too crowded. When you're done you've gotta try the bacon bloody mary at the bar, best in the world!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 29 2012 - 01:43 PM
Ian Intermediate Snowboarder
We loved Arapahoe - as green to moderate blue skiers! The greens are short runs and at first we thought too short but enjoyed the quick lift ride, convenient breaks, finding each other easily and loved the wide open spaces of Wrangler! A great place for people to learn.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 17 2012 - 08:39 PM
Joyce Intermediate Skier
Great spot, just went for the first time with local friends. I also skied Copper and Keystone the same weekend and A-Basin was by far my favorite. The terrain is more advanced so beginner and intermediate skiers might be overwhelmed. This place is a must stop for anyone who wants their mountain to be about the terrain and not the spa and swimming pool. The longest lift line I waited in on a Sunday was for first chair!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 14 2012 - 02:24 PM
Sam Advanced Skier
Was our first time here and only 3rd time snowboarding. Was a little tougher than we were expecting but I love a challenge! Had just snowed the night before but it was still a little compacted. I would go again but make sure to bring your own food when you go!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 19 2012 - 04:57 PM
Bess Beginner Snowboarder
First timers at A-Basin. loved the laid back vibe of this resort. We skied 12/18 and 12/21. with little snow there were very few trails open. This is a VERY weather dependent resort with little snowmaking capacity. Without enough snow to open the legendary steeps there is little left to do here. We regretted buying a two day pass in advance -my kids got grumpy and bored with the 3/4 battered blues that were open. My tip-be sure there is lots of snow and open terrain before buying tickets,especially in early season.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 25 2011 - 01:10 AM
wes Advanced Skier
We love A-basin, but there were no black trails open on 12/15/2011. Still, we had a good time as a warm up. Copper the next day was better, but still only a few blacks and bump trails. Vail on 12/17, especially, and Beaver Creek on 12/18 had lots of terrain open, with quite a few steeps and bumps. Still, no back bowls yet, but this is an off year. Vail was the best overall, no complaints except the $108 lift ticket.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 19 2011 - 07:15 PM
George Advanced Skier
Good for lack of snow.. Stay to the edges and the push.. the middle is good in the am but towards the afternoon all the middle turns icey.... Good day overall... Lots of newer skiers and boarders which is GREAT!!!
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 18 2011 - 01:22 PM
Cory Advanced Snowboarder
Great day with friends. Not the easiest mountain but still fun, esp for the price. Will definitely go again this year!
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 04 2011 - 02:32 PM
Mindy Intermediate Skier
A-Basin is one of my favorite spots. The terrain is a little more challenging but can lead to an excellent day on the slopes. The staff are very friendly and the resort has an old-school feel. I like it because it is not the typical Keystone or Breckenridge where the resorts are huge. The rates are very reasonable too. Definitely worth your time checking out!
Arapahoe Basin review written Nov 28 2011 - 06:28 PM
Nathan Urban Advanced Snowboarder
This is not a place for a beginner skier early in the season when there arent many runs open and minimal powder making the "easy" runs slippery and scary. I didn't listen when other more experienced skiers said the hill was "really steep". Try the steepest blues at keystone or breck if you are just starting out first.
Arapahoe Basin review written Nov 27 2011 - 02:56 PM
Mj Beginner Skier
One of the few resorts that stay open until June!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jun 07 2011 - 04:16 PM
Brent Intermediate Skier
Amazing Skiing. Visited in early March 2011 for two days. I felt this was real Colorado skiing. They had everything from easy to you "must be crazy" slopes. High altitude took some getting use to. I would recomend to any mid to advance skier. Take the shuttle up the mountain as snow fall seemed unpredictable.
Arapahoe Basin review written May 20 2011 - 09:40 AM
Bob Reller Intermediate Skier
Been skiing The Legend since the mid-80's, never thought I had it in me to do the North Pole hike, just drooled looking at those chutes all these years. On 4/25/11, at 52 yrs old, I did it for the 1st time - was way bummed East Wall was closed on 4/26, avalanches all over the place with all the new snow. But I can't wait to do that hike again. If you're a strong skier, don't let the climb fool you, go for it.
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 29 2011 - 10:43 AM
AdaptiveSkiTech Advanced Skier
In years gone by, we've been to Steamboat, all the Utah resorts, Mont Tremblant, etc. etc. This trip, we had a great day at Breck and then enjoyed the best two days ever at A-Basin on Apr 5 & 6.
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 07 2011 - 02:07 PM
Deb Intermediate Skier
Ski and enjoy the best spring skiing- even the flat light, wild wind, and powder snow of 31st of March was wonderful. Tip: In flat-light if your are gaining speed, you are headed down!
Arapahoe Basin review written Apr 06 2011 - 01:20 PM
Chuck (senor citizen and long time Abasin skier) Advanced Skier
Great time skiing A-Basin for 2 days. I love the place. They do need a fast high capacity lift up top. And they closed the top lifts at 3:30 which was too early because the top is the best part of the place.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 31 2011 - 04:59 PM
Ed Advanced Skier
We skiied A Basin after two days at Winter Park. The conditions were perfect, no lift lines. The best part of A Basin is the wonderful staff. We had problems with our rental car, and they went out of our way to help us. Best experience of our trip.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 31 2011 - 08:15 AM
Jake Advanced Skier
Great skiing with great powder for a great price. Only caveat: the ride up can take much longer than the ride down on all the lifts. They need at least one express lift up top.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 31 2011 - 08:10 AM
Michele Advanced Skier
I was there on March 23rd and the snow conditions were just like skiing during the winter months. There was lots of powder!! There were no crowds and no long lift lines. All the runs were open and could not have had a better day of skiing. I would recommend skiing A-basin if you want to avoid lots of noise and crowds. Very pleased with liftopia and picking up the tickets was easy!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 28 2011 - 12:58 PM
Cheryl Advanced Skier
The price was great compared to Breckenridge. We were there on 3-21 and the morning was fantastic. The wind started howling in the afternoon and they had to shut down the upper lifts so the upper half of the mountain wasn't available which made the lower half more crowded. Arapahoe is geared more to intermediate and advanced. We were able to park close and ate our lunch at the tables.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 24 2011 - 08:20 AM
Mike Intermediate Skier
GREAT day on the 18th! Fresh snow from the night before. As an advanced beginner snowboarder, it was awesome conditions. The powder was very forgiving of my limited snowboarding abilities. A little crowded as the day wore on, mostly due to Spring Breakers. Suggest getting there early and get all your runs in by 1 or 2. Enjoy a nice lunch at either lodge and then make your way home. Traffic to and from A-Basin was more than reasonable but again, start early. You never know when a bunch of 18 wheelers will get bogged down on the 70. A-Basin is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite places. Everyone that works there is friendly and helpful.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 20 2011 - 03:22 PM
John Beginner Snowboarder
first time I've visited everything I ever wanted in a ski resort but no more 1. arrive early to park by pali = easy lunch access. 2. picnic lunch (see #1) 3. mountain goat traverse to elk meadow great way to get an intermediate skiers toes wet into B/C skiing. 4. adv Skiers Bring your Brass ones cause you'll need them. not a resort but a SKI AREA . :)
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 15 2011 - 08:13 PM
Kevin Advanced Skier
We went on a Tuesday and it felt like the mountain was ours. The people at the lifts were great to interact with and the snow was great!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 11 2011 - 04:04 PM
Jim Intermediate Snowboarder
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 08 2011 - 02:08 PM
Josh Advanced Skier
The new quad lift makes A-Basin that much better! Avoid the crowds at the base lodge and try the renovated Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain). Had a super fun day!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 08 2011 - 08:36 AM
James Intermediate Snowboarder
Just returned from a trip that took us to Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, A-Basin and Vail. Arapaho Basin was our favorite by far. No need to go to Alps to get great scenery. Coming from 36 ft above sea level, stayed one day in Denver before heading to the mountains, no ill effects besides minor shortness of breath during the first two days.
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 07 2011 - 07:20 AM
RB Advanced Skier
Palavachini is tons of fun, park near the lifts and you can tailgate!
Arapahoe Basin review written Mar 02 2011 - 06:03 PM
Karen Intermediate Skier
I came across your website a few weeks ago while planning our annual ski vacation. This year it was Colorado. Well, we just got back last night and I wanted to pass on a big THANK YOU! Your website is awesome! It made planning a road trip to multiple resorts easy and the deals were greatly appreciated. is my new favourite website and I've been letting everyone know about it. Keep up the great work! Thanks again!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 15 2011 - 03:06 PM
Erika Advanced Skier
Awesome!! A-Basin was very quick, had my ticket all printed and ready before we arrived. Thanks so much!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 15 2011 - 12:17 PM
Ann Advanced Snowboarder
Arrived Saturday 2/5/11 and because of a canceled jet blue flight my liftopia start date was two days off. the staff at A-basin was extremely helpful and despite being two days late a short wait of 5 mins and they produced my lift ticket. Thanks A-basin and Liftopia.
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 09 2011 - 08:09 AM
Sloane Advanced Skier
Buy your lift ticket here. Great skiing for the price!
Arapahoe Basin review written Feb 01 2011 - 02:24 PM
Britt Intermediate Skier
Tons of powder, great runs, no crowd. Couldn't ask for a better two days! Not a ton of beginner runs, but lots of advanced terrain.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 24 2011 - 12:18 PM
Josh Intermediate Snowboarder
Pick up liftopia tickets in the little office next to the A-fram, not the ticket window. Very fast and convenient. MAKE SURE they give you the right day's tickets for the kids - they gave us Sunday's on Saturday, and it didn't work. Lift attendents had to sort it out. Ski are is awesome if you are a double black skier. Spend the day at Montezuema bowl. Stop at Subway in Georgetown on the way up 70, then eat luch at the top, in the warming hut -- no crowds, great view.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 18 2011 - 08:58 PM
Justin Advanced Skier
This was my first snowboarding trip and I had a blast. A-Basin was great. The weather was perfect the first day and windy the next day but not too terrible. I was learning how to snowboard and enjoyed some of the wide open runs that allowed me plenty of room. I didn't have a problem with the altitude as I am from Kansas City but I made sure to drink tons of water. I would have liked more green runs though. I didn't feel comfortable moving up to a blue by the end of the second day. It was a little crowded on MLK weekend but I imagine not near as crowded as some of the resorts. The staff was friendly. Lunch was more expensive than I would have liked so the second day I just munched on Clif bars and water. We were staying in Denver so the worse part of the trip was the commute to and from Denver, traffic was horrible.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 18 2011 - 08:16 AM
Mitch Beginner Snowboarder
In a word... A-Basin is awesome. I've been coming to A-Basin for 25+ years, and it's still the best in my opinion. No crowds, mostly locals, great staff and even better terrain and runs. Montezuma Bowl was a great addition and, as always, the East Wall and Pallavacini don't disappoint! The only negative can be the upper mountain can become uncased in clouds/fog/snow making it VERY difficult to differentiate up, down and sideways.
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 15 2011 - 04:19 PM
Steve Advanced Skier
Liftopia was the way to go for purchasing A Basin lift tickets. The discount was good and the ticket was easy to redeem. The staff were pleasant and the mountain was great!
Arapahoe Basin review written Jan 03 2011 - 11:01 AM
Laura Advanced Skier
For low-altitude flatlander families, be aware that the 10,700 foot altitude of the base area could cause altitude sickness, which disrupted our recent trip there. Nearby Keystone starts out 1400 feet lower, which may be less likely to cause problems.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 29 2010 - 09:19 AM
Steve Intermediate Skier
We had a wonderful time. Snow was great.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 23 2010 - 07:36 AM
Annette Holcomb Intermediate Skier
Bring your snowboard and skis. You can switch out gear easily at lunch and work on both skill sets. Parking lot is right next to the lift.
Arapahoe Basin review written Dec 21 2010 - 05:05 PM
Aaron Advanced Skier
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