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Winter 2020-21 Visitors Guide

Page last updated: December 5, 2020


Arapahoe Basin is open daily for top-to-bottom skiing and riding!

Read this info carefully to have the best experience. Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to an awesome ski and ride season.

Due to capacity restrictions, please consider visiting on a weekday or in the afternoon on weekends if you can. We currently have limited terrain available. 


What's Open?

Lenawee Lift is now open to the summit for top-to-bottom skiing and riding! Sundance and the Molly Hogan learning area are now open.

Current terrain status

UPHILL: Closed

LIFT HOURS:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INDOOR DINING CLOSED STARTING NOV. 23

To-go options are available.  Please come pick up an order to support our restaurant staff. Thank you!

Due to indoor dining being closed, we no longer have indoor gathering spaces, including lodges or places to warm up. Your car is your locker and your warming hut.

  • 6th Alley Bar & Grill: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., daily, takeout only (base-area dining)
  • Plaza Food Truck: 8:00 - 3:00, weekends, takeout only (base-area dining)
  • Black Mountain Lodge: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., daily, takeout only (mid-mountain dining)
  • Arapahoe Sports retail store: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., daily
  • Tune shop (inquire in rental shop): 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tickets + Passes

SINGLE-DAY LIFT TICKETS 

MUST be pre-purchased online. NO ONSITE TICKET SALES.
  • Tickets are only good for the specific date indicated. 
  • This also includes A-Basin friends tickets and any discounted/free ticket products.

A-BASIN + MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASSHOLDERS

  • Reservations are not required at any time. 
  • If you don’t have your pass yet, you may pick it up at one of our ticket windows.
  • No onsite pass sales. 

IKON PASS HOLDER RESERVATIONS

Pass reservations are required.

Ski + Snowboard Lessons

Lessons begin Saturday, December 5 when our Molly Hogan learning area opens.

You may now book lessons through January 3, 2021

  • Lessons must be reserved online in advance. 
  • Rental equipment is not included and must be reserved in advance, separately. We do not have walk-up/day-of rentals available and are not renting clothing this season.
  • We are not offering Kids Club Arapahoe this season but invite you to create your own ski/ride program with our 3-pack of private lessons. 

What to Expect

Things look a little different this season. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep each other safe and healthy.


  • Wear a face covering unless you are skiing/riding or eating. (Includes base area, lift lines, bathrooms)

  • Adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines (see below).

  • Rentals now available! Please pre-book online.

  • NO UPHILL ACCESS AT THIS TIME.

  • The Beach will be closed all season. No tailgating or congregating.  

  • There are no lockers / on-site gear storage. PLEASE BOOT UP AT YOUR CAR.

  • You cannot go indoors unless you are using the bathroom or purchasing food. 

  • Parking lot shuttles will not be running this season.

  • Bathrooms are open!

  • Please bring your own water bottle and use one of our filling stations (near bathrooms).

  • Jump to FAQ for more info


Health & Safety Precautions

We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of guests and our community. It’s up to all of us to work together to keep the season--and our fellow skiers and riders--going strong. Please help us by following these six simple steps to stop the spread. Thank you!

  • Wear a face covering

  • Stay home or go home if you are unwell; stay home if you are high-risk

  • Wash your hands

  • Stay 6 feet apart / don’t congregate

  • Get tested if you’re sick

  • Get a flu shot

Our operating plan was developed in conjunction with, and approved by, Summit County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. We have adopted CDC guidelines including enhanced sanitation procedures designed to combat the transmission of COVID-19. Highlights of our plan include:

  • Re-designed lift lines for physical distancing.
  • Following all county and state public health building and terrain capacity restrictions.
  • Enhanced sanitation measures for rental equipment.
  • Reduced ski and snowboard lesson class sizes.
  • Providing staff with ongoing COVID-19 regulation training, daily symptom and temperature checks, face coverings and other PPE, disinfectant for work spaces and free flu shots, among other things.

Please click here to read the details of our winter operating plan & COVID-19 precautions.



Guest Information 

An overview of how this season is working with FAQ. Read on for everything you need to know.


ARAPAHOE BASIN PASSES

Arapahoe Basin Season Passes (full, midweek, senior, military), Any Day Passes and College Passes will not be restricted during the 2020-21 season. All full-season and Any Day passes have SOLD OUT. Click here to see what's still available

A-Basin passes include 2019-20 Any Day Pass days that carried over (must be used by February 28, 2021), but you need a new RFID card. All A-Basin pass products must be picked up at one of our outside ticket windows between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. (The Guest Services office will remain closed this season.)

IKON PASSES - Reservations required

Includes Ikon, Ikon Base, Ikon Base Plus and Ikon Session Passes. We anticipate that for most of our season, we will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to visit. Reservations can be made via Ikon's website or its app. 

Ikon Reservations & Parking: Your reservation is not a parking reservation but, due to limited pass sales and daily ticket sales limitations, we do not anticipate having issues with parking. Every Ikon Pass holder who wants to come needs a reservation. 

MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS

Reservations are not required to ski or ride A-Basin with a Mountain Collective pass this season. Beginning opening day, Mountain Collective Passes may be picked up at one of our outside ticket windows between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.

SINGLE-DAY LIFT TICKETS

Arapahoe Basin will sell single-day lift tickets every day. They must be purchased online in advance through our website and will NOT be available onsite. Lift ticket sales are limited to manage peak visitation periods. ​

MONARCH, SILVERTON PASSHOLDERS

Use your free days at A-Basin any day of the 2020-21 season with no blackout dates. Reservations are not required but you must show your valid pass at our ticket window to get an A-Basin RFID ticket. For the best experience, we strongly encourage you to visit us on a weekday, if possible. Monarch passholders get 3 days, each. Silverton passholders get 2 days.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

As of November 23, we are only offering takeout options with limited menus. Check out our dining page for the most current dining information and availabilityYou will not be able to eat your brown-bag lunch indoors. 

RENTALS & TUNE SHOP 

Ski and snowboard rentals are available for a single day, 2-7 consecutive days, or the full season. Must be reserved online ahead of time. The tune shop is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. Please inquire in the rental shop. Indoor capacity limits apply; please wear your face covering. 

LESSONS & KIDS PROGRAMS

Lessons are available with limited class sizes per county and state regulations. Please see our Snowsports page for information. Lessons begin December 5. We anticipate being able to offer lessons through April 2021. 

RIDING LIFTS

Guests will be asked to self-group and load the chair with their traveling party. Lift attendants will not require guests to ride a chairlift with people they do not know. Parties not traveling together can load two at a time on quad chairs and one at a time on Lenawee and Pali. Please wear a face covering. 

MOUNTAIN GOAT PLAZA / BASE AREA

Gathering and milling about in common areas will be discouraged to promote physical distancing. Please wear a face covering. Per the most current public health order from the State of Colorado (11/20/20), individuals are not permitted to gather with people outside their own household. A household is defined as a group of people who live together in a single residence.

PARKING, SHUTTLES & THE BEACH

The Beach is closed for the 2020-21 winter season.
​As always, overnight camping in our parking lots is prohibited. 

The above-mentioned practices will substantially reduce peak visitation periods. As a last resort, parking may be limited to manage peak visitation periods. For guest and employee health and safety, we will not be operating our shuttles or using our overflow parking lots. You will be able to walk to our lifts from your car. 

Tailgating and large group gatherings in the parking lots are not allowed. Per the most current public health order from the State of Colorado (11/20/20), individuals are not permitted to gather with people outside their own household. A household is defined as a group of people who live together in a single residence.

VOLUNTARY REQUESTS

Avoid Weekends When Possible. 
Given a choice between skiing and riding on a weekday and a weekend, we strongly encourage guests to ski weekdays. We hope some of our skiers and riders have some new-found flexibility and are able to transition more of their visits to weekdays.

Enjoy Afternoon Skiing. 
Skiers and riders planning to only ski 2-3 hours per day should consider visiting in the afternoon when crowds are usually lighter.

Avoid Historically Busy Days. 
On historically busy days, we may encourage skiers and riders to come at another time to facilitate physical distancing. 

FAQ

Can I go inside? Where do I leave my stuff? 

Expect to only be able to go inside to use the bathroom or purchase food. Buildings / indoor spaces will not be places to hang out this season and will have capacity restrictions per Summit County health guidelines. Gear up / boot up at your car and leave all of your belongings there, and do not plan to store personal items in our facilities. 

Lockers will not be available. 

The kids play area on the second floor of the A-Frame will not be open. 

When will I have to wear a face covering?

A-Basin will follow all current Summit County health guidelines, including those related to face coverings. Face coverings must be worn inside buildings, in the base area and while riding lifts. 

What about uphill access?

We do not expect uphill access to change from the previous season. Uphill passes are now on sale / can be reserved but uphill access is still CLOSED. A-Basin season passholders (full, military, senior, midweek) get a free uphill access pass. Find all of the info on this page

Will the free Summit Stage Bus run to A-Basin?

The Summit Stage "Swan Mountain Flyer" will service A-Basin daily at one-hour intervals from November 22, 2020 to mid-April 2021. Bus capacity is reduced to 50% (30 people) and you must wear a face covering. See the route map and check the schedule, here

What if the 2020-21 ski season is shortened? 

Arapahoe Basin has a long season, typically October to June. That said, we never guarantee the length of our season. Historically, we have had years when our season opened later or closed early due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We intend to operate for the full, 2020-21 winter season. However, because we do not and cannot guarantee the length of a season, we do not refund season passes.

What about refunds? 

Arapahoe Basin pass products are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE under ANY circumstances including, but not limited to, unplanned closures, snow conditions, weather, natural disasters, pandemics or other acts of God.

Unused 2019-20 Multi-Day Pass Days (including Elevation Passes and Any Day Passes valid for 1-5 days) 

Any day(s) that you have remaining on your previous-season (2019-20) multi-day A-Basin pass have been transferred to this season. Your pass will be valid opening day 2020 through February 28, 2021 with no blackout dates or restrictions.

Remaining Any Day or Elevation Pass days are restricted for use only by the person for which they were originally assigned and are non-transferrable. Refunds will not be granted for remaining days.

To redeem unused day(s) during the 2020-21 season, please visit our guest services office to pick up a new RFID card once we are open.

Unused 2019-20 Season Transferable 4-Pack Lift Tickets

All unused tickets purchased as part of a previous-season (2019-20) Transferable 4-Pack have been transferred to the 2020-21 ski season and are valid from opening day 2020 through February 28, 2021. Refunds will not be granted for these days. 

Additional information on how to redeem unused tickets next season will be shared around the time that we open for the 2020-21 season. Because we do not collect email addresses for these ticket purchases, please keep an eye on our website for details. 

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