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Arapahoe Basin Mountain Tour: Frontside

01/17/2020

Winter

Welcome to Arapahoe Basin! Get insider insight about the main hub of our mountain with this frontside video tour. The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee lifts give you access to most of our terrain, all of our dining options and incredible views. Start your exploration, here.

The frontside of our mountain is where all of our beginner terrain and most of our intermediate terrain is located. This is where you get to know A-Basin as a beginner or intermediate, and it's your access point to most of our famous terrain, from the East Wall to Montezuma Bowl.

PRO TIP: A-Basin's runs are rated relative to our terrain and might be more challenging than what you have experienced at other mountains. If you're just starting out, get your feet wet on our greens. When looking at the map, the lower half of the mountain gets progressively harder as your gaze travels to the right. Wrangler is the easiest way down. Sundance is a steep green, and so on and so forth. 

  • EASIEST RUN: Wrangler
  • "EASIEST" ROUTE OFF THE TOP: Lenawee Face to Dercum's Gulch. Dercum's is our big, blue groomer. 
  • MOGULS: Ramrod and Exhibition 

Are you a solid intermediate skier or rider? Head for the top to explore the variety of blue runs. 

Many of them are groomed, but in European fashion you can step just to the side of the groomer and find yourself in knee-deep, wind-drifted moguls. You can choose your own adventure on the way down and keep groups of varying abilities together.

 

Humbug to Dragon or Lenawee Parks: Humbug, aka couloir 101, feels like a natural half pipe and is a staff favorite. It's sheltered from the wind and fetches in nice snow. It also dumps you into Dragon, which is like a mini spine with an alpine feel, or Lenawee Parks -- another favorite that catches good snow. 

Norway, The Knolls, West Wall: The further you look to skier's left (map right), the steeper the blue runs become. The wind also provides an assist to this area; it is worth exploring if you're feeling ready for steeper intermediate routes. 

Cornice Run: This scenic groomer cruise has some of the most incredible views on the mountain and is particularly nice on warmer, springtime days. Just know that if you make it all the way to West Wall, that's a "dark blue" run. 

Half Moon Glades, TB Glades, North Fork: These are little pockets of fun on the frontside; don't pass them up on your way down. You'll get a little taste of the trees and chutes to whet your appetite for the rest of the mountain. 

EAT: You don't have to be a rippin' advanced skier to visit all of our delicious restaurants. Make your way to the very top for a spectacular lunch at il Rifugio, our European bistro at 12,500 feet. The 30-seat cozy building is completely solar-powered and offers charcuterie plates, wine and espresso drinks, flatbread pizzas, soup and salads. Or visit Black Mountain Lodge for heartier fare like house-smoked BBQ, chicken fingers, bison chili and salmon. 

Stay tuned for separate videos and posts about the Pallavicini terrain and the Molly Hogan learning hill, also on the frontside. 

 

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