A-Basin Directions and Parking
Dec 8, 2023
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Arapahoe Basin is located on Highway 6 / Loveland Pass Road, just 68 miles west of downtown Denver, 5 miles east of Keystone and 20 miles northeast of Breckenridge.
Scroll down for EV charging information and options on how to get here via public transportation and ridesharing. Thank you for carpooling or taking the bus!
A-Basin's gated lots open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.
No overnight parking & no camping in any A-Basin lot at any time of year.
There is no parking for oversized vehicles or trailers. Please do not arrive in a bus, camper, RV, or with a trailer in tow. Our parking is extremely limited and tight.
DROP OFF/PICK-UP + 15-MINUTE PARKING + HANDICAP SPACES
Located in our Admin Lot / Drop-Off Lot adjacent the big A-Basin sign and the A-Frame building. This lot also has a limited number of paid parking spaces (free in summer; $40 in the winter season). See map below.
- Please do not park along the highway. Colorado State Patrol will tow your vehicle. We do not control this.
- Large commercial vehicles are not allowed to park at Arapahoe Basin, but may drop off their passengers.
SKI SEASON UPHILL ACCESS PARKING BEFORE / AFTER HOURS
The small Drop-Off Lot is free outside of operating hours and should have enough spaces for uphillers. On Saturdays and Sundays, we recommend parking in High-Noon.
WINTER PARKING FAQ
- When is paid parking active in Early Riser? -- 6 AM to 12 PM for vehicles with fewer than 3 people in them
- Why are we charging? -- The last few years we have seen a significantly large decrease in the number of guests who carpool and/or take public transportation to A-Basin. When everyone shows up one person to a vehicle, it can create parking challenges here at A-Basin, where we are already limited on parking spaces. We don’t want your money, we want to encourage carpooling and the use of public transportation (free to A-Basin via the Summit Stage bus).
- How does this help our sustainability goals? -- This helps reduce carbon emissions and encourages people to drive fewer vehicles.
- What lots are free? -- High Noon, Last Chance, and Upper last Chance will all still be free parking
We have 5, dual-port electric vehicle charging stations installed at the front of our Early Riser Parking lot (i.e. prime parking!).
- Space for 10 electric vehicles adjacent the rental shop building.
- Available when our parking lot is open, 7 AM – 6 PM.
- Chargepoint Level II stations deliver about 25-30 driving miles per hour of charging. This equals about 3 hours to top off after a trip from Denver.
- Stations are accessible via the Chargepoint network and app.
- Teslas welcome but need to supply their own adapter to use the Chargepoint stations
- EV drivers plugging into the Chargepoint stations will be charged a small fee for their electricity usage, and an overstay fee after their active charging sessions end. Please move your vehicle after 4 hours to allow others to use the chargers.
How much does it cost?
- Electricity Usage Fee: $0.35/kWh
- Overstay Fee: $5/hour starting after 4-hour grace period
- Total charges are capped at $30.
- EV drivers will not be charged the $20 paid parking fee
- A-Basin Season Passholders will have the electricity-usage fee waived (overstay fees still apply)
Click to learn more about our energy sources and our sustainability program, including our goal to be carbon neutral with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
SUMMIT STAGE BUS FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
Summit County offers a FREE bus service among Keystone, Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne. The Summit Stage "Swan Mountain Flyer" services A-Basin daily during peak ski season. Please note that 5:10 PM is when the last bus leaves A-Basin! You can track the busses online or via an app.
SNOWSTANG BUS SERVICE FROM DENVER
Snowstang is a bus service run by the state of Colorado. Enjoy a comfortable ride with bathroom, power outlets, and WiFi. A roundtrip ticket is just $25 with a scheduled arrival time at A-Basin of 8:30 AM.
Starting December 17, Snowstang will provide 40 days of service to A-Basin on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Day holidays. Passengers can board at Denver Union Station or the Denver Federal Center.
CARPOOL TO A-BASIN WITH TREADSHARE
TreadShare is a Colorado-based carpooling app that links drivers and passengers so they can share rides and the cost of the drive. TreadShare is available anywhere in the state and anytime people are on the road.
WINTER DRIVING + ROAD AND TRAFFIC UPDATES
Colorado has a passenger vehicle traction law in place on our stretch of I-70 between September 1 and May 31. Find out what that means, here. Please drive with care!
Getting to A-Basin is relatively easy but winter can present hazardous driving conditions. Before you depart, check COTRIP.ORG for highway information like planned road work, avalanche/rockfall mitigation or winter delays. Those things aren't common but they do happen. We do our best to keep you updated on last-minute issues via our Instagram and Twitter accounts, but checking with the state agency (COTrip) is recommended.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO A-BASIN?
Arapahoe Basin is generally a one-hour drive from Denver. But, it depends on where you are coming from, at what time, on what day, and in what weather conditions. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD IF YOU HAVE A LESSON.
During the ski + snowboard season, traffic is heaviest on I-70 Westbound (coming from Denver) on Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Severe winter weather will also lengthen the driving time. In heavy snow, Highway 6 over Loveland Pass may close but you can still get to A-Basin! Simply drive through the tunnel, take the first exit for Dillon / Silverthorne, and head east on Highway 6 to get to us.
Need to stay the night? There’s plenty of lodging near Arapahoe Basin to pick from.