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Kids Center

We apologize for the inconvenience but the A-Basin Kids Center will not open during the 2020-21 winter season. This is for health and safety reasons.

While we will not offer our traditional ski and snowboard kids programs this season, we do offer a 3-pack of private lessons that give you the opportunity to create your own program. Choose an instructor and pre-book three days of lessons for up to 4 kids at one price! See our Snowsports page for more. 

Elevating the guest experience at Arapahoe Basin

  • Designated check-in space for all kids lessons, as well as kids lesson dining space
  • Early drop-off for morning lessons starts at 8:00 a.m., allowing parents to maximize their time on the mountain
  • Retail space at check-in to pick up any gear or accessories that may have been forgotten
  • Kitchen, dining, and restroom facilities featuring kid-sized furniture so that kids feel comfortable

Making the mornings FUN!

  • Kids play area features low balance beams, soft obstacle courses and balance boards that get kids moving and promote balance and motor skills that translate to what they learn on the hill
  • Television screens at kid-level show video of the fun things you can do at Arapahoe Basin, from meeting our avalanche dog Rio to skiing down big powder runs
  • Décor designed around “Ace’s Wild Adventure” (featuring Ace, our mountain goat mascot) helps kids determine their height and weight for their rentals, and features pictures of and facts about the wildlife found in and around A-Basin

Committed to sustainability

  • LED and low-wattage lighting system with occupancy and daylight sensors
  • Ventilation system designed to recover energy normally lost in typical ventilation systems
  • Solar energy: The solar panel atop the Kids Center offsets a majority of the building’s electrical usage and can produce approximately 15 megawatt hours of energy per year. This is the equivalent of the CO2 reduction of planting 260 trees or driving a car that gets 20 mpg about 17,000 miles.

Meals and snacks just for kids

  • Special meals and snacks prepared in the Kids Center kitchen so kids can enjoy a bite to eat before heading out on the mountain.
  • While we strive to accommodate all of our guests, we cannot guarantee a completely allergen-free environment. Please alert us to any allergies before you arrive.

Navigating the Kids Center

Drop off

Snowsports staff will meet you in the Kids Center, answer any questions you may have and will accompany your kid(s) to the rental station or to their lesson.

Kids' rentals

If your child needs rentals and doesn't have any reserved, start at the computers and height charts to record your child's measurements. If you don't need rentals or have rentals reserved, just head straight to the Guest Services point of sale. 

Rental return

Your child's rentals are for the full day and not just the duration of their lesson. You can return your child's skis or snowboard at the Kids Center; enter the building and turn left to the rental bench.

Pick up

Please pick up your child after his or her lesson at the Pika Place Learning Area, adjacent to the Black Mountain Express lift. 

Is all of this a little much to remember? No worries - we'll have a greeter at the entrance to point you in the right direction on busy days!

Plan your day with our lesson timeline:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Kids Center opens (seven days a week) for morning and full-day lesson check-in and rentals
  • 9:55 a.m.: Start of morning lessons (both full and half-day)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Pick up for morning, half-day lessons - you can pick up your child at the Pika Place Learning Area next to the Black Mountain Express lift. You can return your kids' rentals at the Kids Center.

Afternoon lesson? Check in at any time!

  • 1:10 p.m.: Afternoon lessons meet at the Pika Place Learning Area
  • 3:30 p.m.: Pick up for full-day and afternoon lessons - you can pick up your child at the Pika Place Learning Area next to the Black Mountain Express lift.
  • 4:15 p.m.: Please return your child's rentals by this time
  • 4:30 p.m.: That's when we close for the day.


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