Arapahoe Basin has no accommodation at base station level. The nearest lodging is at Keystone, six miles away. The high elevation ensures there is skiing and boarding at A-Basin long after Keystone has closed. Linked by shuttlebus to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin boasts the highest lift served skiing and riding in North America, and most of it is well above the tree-line. It is described as the nearest thing to European Alps style skiing in the USA, but it has some excellent snowsure beginners terrain, and there are easy steps up the ability scale off lifts nearby.
|Opens||Oct – June|
Off the Norway and Lenawee lifts most of the runs are for beginners or
intermediates, and there are longer runs for advancing beginners and
intermediates off Wrangler, Chisholm and Sundance.
At the Pali (Palivacinni) side of A-Basin is the highly challenging terrain
which A-Basin is well known for. The whole of the East wall here has dozens
of chutes, steeps and gullies and the Palivacinni itself is a steep chute
which is one of the longest and steepest bump runs in North America.
A-Basin is at its best from February onwards and often has skiing and
boarding into June and sometimes July.
Longest run 1.5 miles
Average annual snowfall 367 inches
Number of trails 61
Skiable acres 490
Lift capacity 6,066 people/hr.
Degree of difficulty
More Difficult (Inter.) 40%
More Difficult (Adv. Inter.) 5%
Most Difficult 20%
Accommodation & Apres Ski
Arapahoe Basin has no accommodation at base station level. The nearest lodging is at Keystone, six miles away.