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Arapahoe Basin Mountain Tour: Steep Gullies

05/10/2021

Mountain Tours

Get insider insight on some of Arapahoe Basin's steepest terrain, the Steep Gullies, with this virtual tour hosted by our brand manager, Whitney Henceroth. When tackling these expert-only runs, it's important to know before you go. 

The Steep Gullies are as-advertised and features steep, narrow and rocky chutes. This is some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain you'll find in Colorado. Access it with a single lift ride on the Pallavicini Chair or get there after exploring The Beavers. Skiing or riding these steeps require serious skills and commitment, followed by a 20-30 minute hike back to the base area. 

The Steep Gullies is some of A-Basin's newest inbounds terrain, added for the 2017-18 winter season. The area used to be backcountry, and both the popularity and challenges of this terrain helped inspire bringing it into ski-area boundaries to help provide a safer, more consient experience. The Steep Gullies require lots of snow and extensive avalanche mitigation work, and are usually open from late winter to mid-spring. 

"I highly recommend skiing the Steep Gullies at Arapahoe Basin. The 20 minute hike out is well-worth the pristine powder-filled chutes of the Steep Gullies, and the seemingly endless tree run that rests below the gullies. You’d be hard-pressed to find any lift-serviced terrain in the country like it." - Matt Lorelli, Unofficial Networks


Check out this article and video about the unique avalanche mitigation systems used by our ski patrol in this Unofficial Networks article. 


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