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Top 25 Photos of 2021



It can feel like everything to be said about 2021 is already out there...

It was the tail end of the hardest ski season this team has ever managed. But through a year of digesting loss, unforeseen challenges, and unending change, the beautiful mountains of A-Basin remained steady. Our hope was to continue stewarding them to provide some rays of light in the forms of skiing, riding, hiking, climbing -- to keep our people employed and our greater Basin family playing outside.

It still turned out to be a good year, all things considered. We stayed open for skiing and riding into June, as planned. In the summer, we opened North America's highest-elevation via ferrata, completed the Wheels Up downhill mountain bike trail, brought back summer events like outdoor concerts and supper clubs, and started construction of a new on-mountain restaurant (Steilhang Hut is due to open in spring 2022).  

We hope you found something here that you needed -- solace, joy, peace, thrill, community. And, of course, we hope you had fun! We certainly did; working here is a unique and fulfilling experience for everyone from lift maintenance to human resources and, in 2021, many of us felt an intensified appreciation and love for this place. When we couldn't do much else, we could at least go ski (or snowboard, or hike, or bike, or whatever).  

Whether it was your first season or your 40th, we hope you felt at home at Arapahoe Basin last year. Thank you for sticking with us through all of 2021's twists and turns. Please enjoy the year in photos as selected by our supremely talented photographer Ian Zinner. From our family to yours, we wish you the best in 2022.

January - Showing off in the Treeline Terrain Park

arapahoe basin treeline terrain park

January - View of the East Wall and Lenawee Lift

arapahoe basin east wall views

January - Lenawee chairs over freshly groomed snow

arapahoe basin groomers lenawee lift

February - Pallavicini Lift over the Roller Coaster run

arapahoe basin pali lift

February - Pizza on pizza (aka living the good life in ski school)

arapahoe basin kids ski lessons

February - Skiing the Steep Gullies

arapahoe basin steep gullies

February - Montezuma Bowl

arapahoe basin montezuma bowl

March - On the East Wall with Tanner Rainville 

arapahoe basin east wall second notch

April - Sunset uphill skinning on Grizzly Road

arapahoe basin upill access

April - The Mug Club mug, best enjoyed with a cold beverage on the 6th Alley deck

arapahoe basin mug club

April - Colorado Blackpackers make their first group visit to A-Basin

arapahoe basin skiers base area

May - Team Summit in the spirit of spring skiing

arapahoe basin spring skiing team summit

July - The aerial adventure park has its second season

arapahoe basin aerial adventure park

July - Grand opening of the Arapahoe Basin via ferrata guided climbing experience

arapahoe basin via ferrata

July - Grand opening of our new mountain bike trail, Wheels Up

arapahoe basin mountain biking

August - We welcomed back the A-Basin trail run race series. Passing under Lenawee Lift on Upper Summer Road.

arapahoe basin trail running

October 9 - A welcome Autumn snowfall with the snow guns in position on High Noon. A-Basin would open 8 days later on Oct. 17.

arapahoe basin october early opening

November 4 - Early-morning snowmaking with Tyler Magann

arapahoe basin snowmaking

December - Skiing with patroller Lindsay Wiebold

arapahoe basin ski patrol 

December - Participants in the Rise n' Shine Rando race series on the bootpack

arapahoe basin rando race

December - A-Basin Ski Patrol's newest member, Penny, on the shoulders of her handler Tim Walsh

arapahoe basin ski patrol dog

December - Summit local Kelly Gafa surfing 6 inches of fresh powder in the Pali terrain

arapahoe basin snowboarding

Celebrating a very Colorado Christmas on the A-Basin Beach

arapahoe basin the beach tailgating

December 27- Fresh tracks in the newly opened Beavers terrain

arapahoe basin the beavers loafer

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