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The Beach

A Legend of The Legend

Arapahoe Basin's Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as "The Beach." The Beach backs up to the lower mountain chairlifts and is the perfect spot to kick back between runs with family and friends. It's a scene unique to A-Basin and a guaranteed good time! The Beach often plays home to birthday celebrations, reunions, company parties, and other special events.

The beach is closed for the 2019-20 season and no congregating may take place there.

We look forward to seeing you on the Beach for the 2020-21 season!

Beach Rules & Regulations

Please read this thoroughly. You are responsible for understanding these regulations. 

**All commercial activity is prohibited by the U.S. Forest Service and Arapahoe Basin. You may not charge for anything at your spot or sell anything on The Beach. Any promotional activity (including free giveaways) MUST have prior approval from Arapahoe Basin.

**Inquiries regarding promotional activity must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance of your event. 

  • The use of marijuana is prohibited at Arapahoe Basin. It is illegal to use marijuana in public in the state of Colorado and on federal lands (all of A-Basin, including the parking lots, is on U.S. Forest Service land). 
  • You must leave your beach spot by 6:00 p.m. when the parking lot gate is locked.
  • NO CAMPING or overnight parking is allowed at The Beach or in any A-Basin parking lot. Vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Please use the recycling containers for aluminum cans and plastic bottles. There is NO GLASS allowed on The Beach. Whatever you cannot fit in the trash, please pack out!
  • All dogs must be on a leash and cannot be left unattended. Please clean up after your dog.
  • Please keep your music family-friendly and at a reasonable level as to not disturb those around you.
  • Beach space reservations accommodate TWO PASSENGER CARS ONLY. Once your two spots are full, your guests will need to find parking elsewhere in one of our lots.
  • LARGE VEHICLES: charter buses, trailers, RVs and vehicles over 20 feet are NOT permitted in our parking lots without advance written permission from Arapahoe Basin.
  • Make sure that cars with your provisions arrive early to park near your Beach spot in Early Riser; we cannot accommodate extra vehicles once the lot is full. Please let your guests know this beforehand to avoid confusion.
  • The Beach is located next to an ambulance egress and your party and/or vehicles may NOT block this lane in any way.

Prohibited Items

Arapahoe Basin management reserves the right to prohibit items from The Beach including but not limited to:

  • Glass of any kind
  • Charcoal grills
  • Open fires
  • DJs or bands
  • Stages, hot tubs, house furniture, other structures
  • Paint or markings on the snow surface
  • Illegal drugs (it is against Colorado law to use marijuana in public and it is illegal on federal land)
  • Free giveaways of any kind

Cancellation Policy

Beach Spaces are non-refundable if cancelled inside 14 days of your reservation.

Leave No Trace

Arapahoe Basin strives to be kind to and maintain our pristine mountain environment. We have waste and recycling receptacles throughout our parking lots and base area, as well as compost receptacles in the A-Frame if you wish to participate in our food composting program. Please pack out large trash items.​

Reserve Your Beach Spot

Reservations for the 2020-21 season will be available once we open. Make sure you sign up for our email newsletter so you don't miss the announcement about reservations beginning! 

Due to its popularity, the Beach fills up fast. There are generally 10-15 spots available for reservations (dependent on snow conditions at the base); the rest are first-come, first-served. Each spot has room to park two vehicles and comes with a picnic table.

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