Thank you for reserving a ski or snowboard lesson at Arapahoe Basin!
Learning to ski or ride is an exhilarating experience that opens up a whole new winter world. We are excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to our mountain and want you to have a great experience. Read on for tips on how to have a successful day.
Preparing for your lesson
Getting Here + Parking
Please arrive one hour prior to your lesson.
Almost all parking is free. Please note that on weekends, there can be significant traffic delays coming from the Denver area, especially if it’s snowing. Check road conditions and give yourself extra time to get here safely.
Morning lessons start at 9:00 a.m.; afternoon lessons start at 1:00 p.m. Arriving early gives you time to park, walk to the base area, collect rental equipment (if reserved), boot up, use the restroom, and get to the meeting spot. You can also eat lunch or breakfast here prior to your lesson.
Whether you are joining us for a private or group lesson for yourself, or are dropping someone off for a kids lesson, the meeting point is in our base area near the mountain goats statue. We have one, small base area that is very easy to navigate. Simply look for banners on the snow outside the Kids Center. Our instructors will be wearing green jackets.
What to Bring, Wear
A-Basin is located at 10,800 feet of elevation, which has a significant effect on how you feel when exerting yourself. You should also plan to be on the snow for 3 hours. Eat a good breakfast, bring snacks in your pockets, and be sure you are well-hydrated.
Check the weather forecast for A-Basin so you know how to dress. Bring layers of clothing to adjust. Wear sunscreen, gloves, and have eye protection (goggles or sunglasses) as the sun reflecting off the snow is intense. We do not rent goggles but have several styles for sale in our retail shop, starting at $45, as well as inexpensive sunglasses.
WEATHER + SNOW REPORT
Your lesson does NOT include equipment unless you rented it from us online in advance. If you did rent equipment, pick it up BEFORE checking in for your lesson.
Please return your gear to the rental shop by 4:15 p.m.
We do not offer on-site, day-of equipment rentals. If you need skis or snowboard, boots or clothing, please reserve that from us online ahead of time, or bring everything you need with you.
Apres Ski & Ride
Give yourself time to hang out and enjoy our beautiful mountain after your lesson!
Your rental equipment and lift ticket may be used all day.
Head to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill in the base area for a delicious lunch or apres snack and a bloody Mary (ranked the best in Summit County for 2021). Then stop by Arapahoe Sports to shop all of our awesome snow gear and souvenirs.
Scenic Lift Rides
Bringing someone with you who doesn’t ski or ride? They can still get on the mountain!
We offer scenic chairlift rides from our base to mid-mountain at 11,500 feet where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Continental Divide and house-smoked BBQ at Black Mountain Lodge (pictured below). Foot passengers get one, roundtrip lift ride on the Black Mountain Express for just $20. These tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Keep Your Season Going
Enjoy what you have learned! Save over daily lift ticket prices.
We offer an unrestricted multi-day pack that gets you 3, 4, or 5 days of skiing and riding with no blackout dates. Days do not have to be consecutive. Come whenever and enjoy Colorado's longest winter season (open into June). These packs are a significant savings over daily lift tickets.
Don't lose your newfound skills! A-Basin is a fun place to progress your abilities. Once you become an intermediate (blue-run) skier or rider, you have access to almost our entire mountain and can ride every lift. Get out there and explore.
SHOP MULTI-DAY PACKS
Questions? Changes to Your Reservation?
If you need to cancel or reschedule, or if you have any questions about your lesson, please call our Guest Services team at 888-272-7246.
Tips for learning to ski or ride
Safe Chairlift Loading & Riding
Resources from the PSIA-AASI
Our friends at The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors put together a series of useful videos for beginner snowboarders and skiers. If you want to to get a feel for what you'll be learning before the big day, check out the main resources, below. But, don't worry, this is not required homework! Your instructor will teach you everything you need to know.
Beginners guide to snowboarding
Beginners guide to skiing