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A Comprehensive Guide to Family Skiing at A-Basin

Why book with A-Basin? There are a million reasons, but we promise we’ll run through just the most important ones. First and foremost, our snow sports packages are all-inclusive. We offer a beginner lesson with rentals and lift access for as low as $199/person.

If that’s not enticing enough, read on for all the info you need to have a smooth experience and happy kiddos.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is the best way to get you and your family on the slopes fast and with smiling faces. Everything you need is available on our website, so all you have to do day of is show up.

Lift Access

We do not sell lift tickets on-site at A-Basin. You must purchase online in advance. We limit ticket sales every day of the season, so it’s a good idea to buy your lift tickets as soon as you can to secure your day on the slopes. Plus, the earlier you buy, the larger your discount!

Did you know kids under five ski totally free? Or that we offer a beginner area ticket for a discounted rate? No matter who you are or what your level, we have an option to get you on the mountain.

Looking ahead to next season? 4-packs go on sale this March for the 2024/25 winter season.

Snow Sports School

Small class sizes, gorgeous views, and a laid-back atmosphere welcoming you to the joy of sliding on snow? Now that’s how you learn to ski. A-Basin group lessons are for ages three and up and are perfect for anyone who has never been on skis or a snowboard or has been out once or twice and wants more practice to be comfortable beyond the learning hill. We offer AM and PM sessions, but if you’re interested in a full day, you can sign up for both!


Whether it’s your first time on the mountain or you're an expert, we’ve got the latest equipment ready to ride. Rentals can be reserved online for 1-7 consecutive days. Gear is first-come, first-serve and may sell out – so book now!

Getting Here

Arapahoe Basin is on Highway 6/Loveland Pass, just 68 miles west of downtown Denver, 5 miles east of Keystone, and 20 miles from Breckenridge. If Loveland Pass is closed, you can still get here via I-70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel. A-Basin is generally a one-hour drive from Denver. But it depends on where you're coming from, what time, what day, and what weather conditions. Use resources to help you plan your trip, like


We know the biggest fear factor of skiing isn’t always skiing. Sometimes, it’s hauling all that gear and walking a bunch of kiddos in ski boots all over a resort. Well, we’ve got some news for you. All our parking at A-Basin is free on weekdays and within walking distance of our lifts. Seriously

On weekends, we do charge $20 in the Early Riser lot. But there’s an excellent loophole –  if you have 3+ people in your vehicle, it’s still free! Your family can still get free princess parking anytime here at A-Basin.

Families should also know about our drop-off lot, which offers 15-minute parking. If you’re behind schedule, you can get your child all set in their lesson before parking.

You’re here, now what?

Our base area is a small and friendly place. You can get to everything you need within just a few steps. If you walk counter-clockwise through Mountain Goat Plaza, you’ll be able to get everything you need easy-peasy.

Need to pick up tickets? Check out a Skiosk in front of our Guest Services building. Or pop inside if you need any support. 

Need to pick up gear? Right next door is our Base n’ Edge Rentals and Tune shop.

Taking a Lesson? Leave the rental shop and walk into our Snow Sports School to check-in.

Our Best Insider Tips & Tricks:

Prepare for altitude! Getting this high in most states is illegal, but here, it’s common practice. Our base area sits comfortably at an elevation of 10,000ft, and our summit reaches over 13,000ft. Altitude has an effect on everyone coming to visit. There are a few things you can do not to let it stop your day.

Pack snacks and drink plenty of water: It’s important to keep your electrolytes in check. Your body also works harder at altitude, so make sure you have snacks or stop in for a bite to keep the kiddos going.

Look for signs of sickness: Altitude sickness can rain on anyone’s parade. Watch for headaches, loss of appetite, exhaustion, and dizziness. If you experience one or more of these, head inside to grab a bite to eat, drink water, and rest till you feel better. If conditions worsen, visit our first aid room in the base area, where our patrol can help you.

Phones feel it too: Altitude and our cold environment may also affect your electronics. Make sure your phone is fully charged before getting here! Make sure to take pictures early, just in case. If your phone dies, we have plenty of outlets on the second floor of the A-Frame if you hang a right up the stairs.

Have fun! If your kid is out on the hill having fun – you should be, too! We offer lessons for all ages and ability levels, so get yourself out there. If you prefer to stick to your own two feet, we also have a self-guided snowshoe tour and scenic lift rides to enjoy. Or, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view with one of our world-famous Bloody Marys.

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