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Arapahoe Basin Via Ferrata

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In summer 2021, Arapahoe Basin will open North America’s highest-elevation via ferrata (“iron way”) on the East Wall, one of the area’s most striking, prominent geographical features.


A via ferrata is a climbing route that follows iron rungs (or handholds) that have been fixed permanently to the rock. Harnesses, ropes, and helmets are utilized but previous rock-climbing experience is not needed.

Arapahoe Basin's via ferrata is a guided-only experience. Choose from a full or a half day. The full-day tour ascends 800 feet to a 13,000’ summit with stunning, 360-degree views. Or, choose a shorter adventure with the goal of reaching an old mine shaft where you can learn more about the history of the area.

We hope the via ferrata provides a gateway to the mountain climbing experience. For some, this will be the greatest high-alpine experience of their lives. For others, it might be the start of a new passion for mountaineering or rock climbing.


Season: Daily between June 25 & September 6, 2021 (conditions dependent)

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Guided Via Ferrata Tours

Reservations are required for this incredible adventure. Not yet available.


There are two tour options*

  1. A half-day to an abandoned mine (does not reach the summit)

  2. A full-day to reach the ridgeline right at 13,000 feet.​ 

*Please note that because your experience will be tailored by the guide to meet the needs of the group, we cannot guarantee you will reach a specific destination.

If you know you want to reach the top, we recommend reserving all 5 spots for a single timeslot with friends and/or family so that you know the abilities of the other people you are climbing with.


How your day will go

Your adventure begins with a scenic chairlift ride to 11,500 feet, then an OHV ride to the training area where your guide will demonstrate how to use your climbing safety equipment. Then you will hike about a half-mile to the base of the climb where you'll begin your journey!

Once you reach your climbing destination, or wherever your group wants to turn around, you'll descend and retrace your steps. We recommend celebrating your accomplishment with a delicious meal and a drink on the deck of our beautiful 6th Alley Bar & Grill, located at the base of the lift. 

Each package includes the following: scenic lift ride, transportation to the base of the route, all necessary equipment and training, and a gourmet picnic lunch from our main restaurant.

Tour Pricing

HALF-DAY TOUR

  • Time: 4 hours (estimated)

  • Group size: Up to 5 people

  • Pricing: $425 for the first two people. Add additional guests (up to 5 total) for an additional $125 per person. Total for 5 people, $800.

  • Departure times: 9:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.

  • Minimum age: 12 years old


FULL-DAY TOUR

  • Time: 6 hours (estimated)

  • Group size: Up to 5 people

  • Price: $575 for the first two people. Add additional guests (up to 5 total) for an additional $125 per person. Total for 5 people, $950.

  • Departure times: 8:30 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.

  • Minimum age: 12 years old

What to Expect

We are still skiing and riding until June 6, at least. Additional details coming soon!


Fitness Requirements

While you don't need to be a rock climber, this is a climbing experience at a very high elevation (beginning around 12,000 feet) and there is a half-mile hike required before and after the climb. This is not something you want to do the day after you get off the plane from a sea-level location. You should be a generally active person. Those concerned about their fitness should choose the half-day option. Your guide will help tailor the experience to the needs and abilities of the group.

Can I climb the via ferrata on my own with my own equipment?

No. We know that some other via ferratas allow this, but ours is only accessible with a reservation and a guide employed by Arapahoe Basin. 

What's for lunch?

Expect an antipasto-style picnic in a reusable container that you will return to help us minimize waste. Sample lunch may include: salami with smoked provolone; fresh baguette; tomatoes; mixed olives and/or grilled vegetables; almonds; a cookie; and a gluten-free, organic energy bar. 

What should I bring?

A comfortable backpack with water, a camera, and layers, plus any additional snacks you may want. Remember, you will be very far from your vehicle!

Even in the summer, it is quite chilly at these elevations and could be breezy. Warm clothing and a windproof layer are recommended. The sun is very intense in our thin mountain air. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended. Please note what the people are wearing in the slideshow photos above.


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