Winter Visitors Guide
Sep 21, 2023
Sep 22, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
ARAPAHOE BASIN SKI AREA WELCOMES YOU!
Welcome to The Legend's 77th season! We hope to open as soon as possible in October and will be skiing and riding into June. We invite you to join us to experience some of Colorado's most legendary terrain, laid-back vibes, community events, and great food.
For the third season, we are limiting the sale of unrestricted season passes and packs, and limiting daily lift ticket sales. Our aim is to manage crowds and preserve a quality ski and ride experience. Full-season passes have sold out.
Lift tickets and multi-day packs must be purchased online in advance.
WHAT RUNS ARE OPEN AT A-BASIN?
Check out our ski terrain status page to see what's available to ski and ride. ALL lifts are now open and new runs are coming online regularly!
WHERE TO EAT
Dining is available at a wide variety of unique and scenic restaurants. Come try our award-winning bacon bloody Mary! You may also bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy that on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame building.
6th Alley Bar & Grill in the base area (opens 8 AM weekends; 9 AM weekdays. Open until 5 PM)
Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain (lunch daily, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM)
Legends Cafe in the base area (breakfast and lunch daily, 7:15 AM to 2:00 PM)
Steilhang German Hut is open for lunch Fridays-Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Il Rifugio European Bistro is open for lunch Wednesdays-Sundays, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
WHAT SHOPS ARE OPEN?
Arapahoe Sports is fully stocked with A-Basin gear, goggles, helmets, gloves, and tons of cool stuff.
Our tune shop and rental shop are open. If you need a tune, drop your equipment in the rental shop. Please reserve rental equipment online in advance.
ARE LESSONS AVAILABLE?
Yes! Reserve your half-day group or private lesson online. Private lessons can accommodate up to 4 people at once price, and are perfect for a family or friend group starting out together.
CAN I FLY MY DRONE AT A-BASIN?
No. Per our US Forest Service permit and for everyone's safety, no one is allowed to fly a drone over A-Basin for any reason without prior written permission from both the Forest Service and Arapahoe Basin. There are no exceptions. It does not matter if you are news media or have FAA certification.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR PARKING?
Most of our parking is free and all of it is walking distance to the lifts.
Upper parking lots are served by shuttle buses on weekends. The small drop-off lot is $40 daily. The lower parking lot adjacent the lifts ("Early Riser") is a carpool lot from 6 AM to noon on weekends and holidays: free for vehicles with 3 or more people and $20 for all others.
We have five Chargepoint Level 2 chargers with space for 10 EVs in the Early Riser lot. Because they pay for charging, EVs do not have to pay the $20 parking fee.
Get stoked for winter!
Why Arapahoe Basin?
The 2023 SKI Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards ranked Arapahoe Basin at #13 for “Best in the West,” and #1 for most-challenging terrain in Colorado (#4 in the West).
We also ranked top-10-in-the-West for:
- Most affordable (#3)
- Guaranteed to satisfy (#4)
- Best for a quick getaway (#5)
- Snowiest (#7)
- Local flavor (#8)
Our 1,428 acres are situated along the Continental Divide and feature seven distinct mountain areas that offer an adventurous, challenging, incredibly scenic experience.
Novices can fly to mid-mountain for beautiful views and groomed green trails. If you're an intermediate, our diverse, creative blue runs allow you to experience almost every part of A-Basin, from the open back bowl to the legendary Pallavicini Lift.
For advanced-expert skiers and riders, 73% of our terrain is rated black or double-black and includes some of the state's steepest in-bounds runs and most-legendary hiking routes. And we don't mean black groomers. We mean variable, spicy, backcountry-style skiing and riding.
We're proud of our food at A-Basin. Just as our mountain skis bigger than it is, our food eats bigger than you might expect (without the usual resort prices). We intentionally source quality products, offer variety across our restaurants and menus, and don't charge as much as we possibly can.
Our classic base-area bar and grill, the 6th Alley, is home to our award-winning bloody Mary and is the place to be at the end of an awesome day. You'll find house-smoked BBQ in Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain, European-inspired charcuterie in il Rifugio at the summit, and a casual German experience with all Colorado-made sausages, pretzels, and beer at the new Steilhang Hut.
EASE OF ACCESS
Show up. Go skiing. There's not a lot between you and a big day. Most parking is free and all lots are walking distance to the lifts. The base area is small and easy to navigate. One lift gets you to some of the state's most technical terrain (Pallavicini). Two high-speed lifts get you to the summit quickly.
We also have a mountain layout that means individuals of different skill levels can still enjoy skiing and riding "together" because our terrain easily routes you to the same places, like the mid-mountain lodge.
And because we limit the sales of unrestricted season passes, and limit daily lift ticket sales, we experience far less crowding than in years past (translation: shorter, faster lift lines; easier parking; more space in restaurants; powder sticks around longer).
SMALL GROUP + PRIVATE LESSONS
When you're just starting out, a lesson is the best investment you can make in your ski/ride experience, and is the fastest route to enhanced enjoyment (and safety) on the mountain.
Our half-day lessons can be had in small groups (8 people or less) or in a private setting with up to 4 people of your choosing for one price. Rent your equipment here for a hassle-free day.
We also offer intermediate and advanced private lessons as a way to further explore our mountain and improve your skills. Lessons begin in November and must be reserved online in advance.
Per the current Summit County Public Health order, there are no COVID-19 restrictions or requirements in place. Regulations are subject to change at any time in the event of an updated public health order. A-Basin will continue to follow the guidance of our public health authorities.