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Black Mountain Express - During the summer of 2010, A-Basin constructed its first high-speed, detachable quad chairlift. The lift replaced the Exhibition fixed grip triple chair, which was installed in 1978. The new chairlift has a capacity of 2000 people per hour, length of 2877 feet and a vertical rise of 719 feet.
Race to Open - With Arapahoe Basin’s snowmaking system A-Basin will continue to be a contender in the first ski area in North America race to open. Last season, A-Basin opened on October 25, 2010. Completed in the fall of 2003 A-Basin’s snowmaking equipment is continually updated to help open the mountain as early as possible. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, A-Basin typically stays open until the first week in June, sometimes as late as the fourth of July.
Montezuma Bowl - Arapahoe Basin expanded into Montezuma Bowl during the 2007-08 ski season. The expansion increased the ski area's terrain by 80 percent. The 400-acre Montezuma Bowl, located on the backside of Arapahoe Basin, was the nation's largest terrain expansion for the 2007-08 ski season. Read more about Montezuma Bowl.
Black Mountain Lodge - Built in 2007, this midway restaurant boasts magnificent views of the Continental Divide. This nonintrusive building blends into the surroundings and is well worth a visit. The Black Mountain Lodge is home to a restaurant, new south facing deck and sports store. Learn more about Black Mountain Lodge.
Black Mountain Lodge Full Moon and Snowshoe Dinner Series - On selected evenings, the Black Mountain Lodge will transform from a mid-mountain day lodge to an elegant, themed nighttime dinner event. There will be seven different dinners organized this winter season. Last season, A-Basin’s chef celebrated his fine dining creations in the style of An evening in the Dolomites, An evening in the Andes, An evening in the Pyrenees. Dinners take place on nights where a full moon will light up the Continental Divide. The participants will ride the new Black Mountain Express to mid mountain and then snowshoe down after the dinner. The four course dinner is prepared by award winning Chef Christopher Rybak and includes live entertainment. Learn more about these dinners.
Terrain Park - The Treeline Terrain Park and High Divide Progressive Park are the highest terrain parks in North America, which allows us to keep jibbers and jumpers happy throughout the ski season, beginning in October and lasting until June. When the other ski areas start to close, the Basin steps up to the responsibility of not only keeping terrain park features open, but keeping the park a happening place to be with jib competitions on select Saturday’s in May. Treeline terrain park staff is continuously evolving and improving park features.Learn what features are in the terrain parks.
Grow the Sport - Arapahoe Basin makes learning to ski or snowboard affordable for everyone by offering affordable options to all potential skiers or snowboarders.
- Beginner Lift Tickets – beginners receive lift tickets valid at the Molly Hogan Learning Center for only $25 for adults and $15 for children (age 6-14).
- 4 Lessons 4U – This program includes up to four group lessons. Stay tuned for more information.
Environment - Arapahoe Basin has made many internal changes to reduce our carbon footprint. Recently, A-Basin received a Sustainable Slopes grant from NSAA to retrofit lighting in the main lodge. We have won awards for our environmental initiatives and we continue to make strides in this area.
The Beach - Arapahoe Basin's Beach scene is a unique parking and skiing experience. Located adjacent to the three lower mountain lifts, the beach is home to tail gate parties, charitable events and crazy costumes.
Spring Events - Arapahoe Basin comes alive in the Spring with events. From an Endurance race on the Pallavicini terrain, mountaineering in the Grind to rail jams every weekend in May.
Community Involvement - Arapahoe Basin is proud to be part of the Summit County community and enjoys helping those who are underprivileged gain access to the mountain. A-Basin gives students at Summit Middle School the opportunity to receive a free A-Basin season pass when they read a certain amount of hours. Many A-Basin events serve as platforms to raise money for our local community.
Weddings - Arapahoe Basin is now offering couples the opportunity to wed at Black Mountain Lodge during the summer. Couples can wed against a beautiful mountain backdrop while having their reception needs catered to them. Contact Chef Christopher Rybak for details about our weddings on 970-513-5773.
Summer Events – The summer of 2012 introduced several new summer on hill and culinary events at A-Basin. A trail race and barbeque, wildflower dinner, yoga on the mountain, brunch at Black Mountain Lodge and a clam bake became some new local favorite events.
A-Basin’s Rossignol Experience Center – New this year, A-Basin teams with the Rossignol Experience series to provide breakthroughs for skiers of all abilities thanks to the Auto Turn Rocker Technology. This new ski technology is available to rent on site at A-Basin’s snowsports center. Beginners will benefit from its friendly turnability, intermediates will love feeling the Experience skis helping them into the turn and advanced/expert skiers will praise the skies for their aggressive chargeability into any terrain. A-Basin’s qualified instructor group will help teach each student how to get the most out of the new Rossignol Experience.
Argentine-North Fork Trail - New for Summer 2012 is our 1.8 mile trail to Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. Named for rugged mining roads that once connected the front side of the mountain to the town of Argentine on the back side, this single-track hiking and biking trail snakes through spruce forests, crosses rambling streams and boasts colorful fields of wildflowers. The trail starts to the left of the Black Mountain Express lift, at the base area, and is free and open to the public.