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A-Basin 101: Mountain Facts

Welcome to The Legend!

What sets Arapahoe Basin apart from other ski areas? Elevation, challenging terrain, and traditions. A-Basin skis like a big mountain, but the base area is a small, friendly place. Our guests and employees continue to create a vibe of inclusion, challenge, fun, and camaraderie. And at this elevation, the snow is the best anywhere. 


Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened in 1946 with one tow rope and a $1.25 lift ticket. We now offer more than 1,400 acres, nine lifts, the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, and some of the highest terrain in North America. 

We are legendary for being true to ourselves, embracing a rich history, promoting a come-as-you-are vibe, and being vocal about our commitment to our environment and local community.

A-Basin is a pure skier’s and snowboarder’s mountain and welcomes anyone and everyone. Enjoy some of Colorado’s most adventurous in-bounds terrain, delicious food, uncrowded runs, free parking, easy access, and the friendliest staff in the business. 

A-Basin by the Numbers

Mountain Stats

Open for winter October to June, conditions dependent (longest season in Colorado)

  • Average snowfall: 350 in / 889 cm
  • Base elevation: 10,520 feet / 3,206 meters 
  • Summit elevation: 13,050 feet / 3,978 meters (3rd highest ski-area peak elevation in North America)
  • Snowmaking acres: 125
  • Earliest opening: October 9, 2009
  • Latest closing: August 10, 1995
  • Number of times open for skiing on the 4th of July: 7 (most recently in 2019)

TRAIL MAP

Terrain

  • Number of trails: 147
  • Vertical drop: 2,530 feet (771 meters)
  • Acres: 1,428 
  • EASIEST (GREEN): 7%
  • MORE DIFFICULT (BLUE): 20%
  • MOST DIFFICULT (BLACK): 49% 
  • EXTREME (DOUBLE-BLACK): 24% 
  • Freestyle terrain parks: Treeline Terrain Park (intermediate to advanced); High Divide Terrain Park (beginner to intermediate); Banana Park (beginner to intermediate)

TERRAIN STATUS

Lifts (9 total)

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. weekends/holidays and 9:00 a.m. weekdays, and close between 3:15-4:00 p.m. 

  • One high-speed quad (Black Mountain Express)
  • Three quads (Zuma, Beavers, Molly Hogan)
  • One triple (Lenawee)
  • One double (Pallavicini)
  • Two conveyor lifts (Molly and Pika Place carpets)
  • One surface lift (Lazy J Tow)
  • Total lift capacity: 11,300 people per hour
  • LIFT TICKETS ARE ONLY SOLD ONLINE. PLEASE PURCHASE IN ADVANCE.

LIFT + OPERATING HOURS

Amenities + Facilities 

Our base area is compact and simple to navigate. Everything is walking distance from your car and the lifts.

GETTING HERE + PARKING

Mountain Areas

A-Basin has seven distinct areas of its mountain: the frontside, Pallavicini, The Beavers, Montezuma Bowl, The Steep Gullies, The East Wall, and Molly Hogan.

Get an insider’s understanding of our mountain with our virtual mountain tour video series, guided by some of our longtime staff.

LEARN MORE


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