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Tickets MUST be purchased online in advance. 


Winter Visitors Guide

Welcome to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area


Header photo taken Jan. 15, 2022. Slalom Slope run off the Pali Lift.

A-Basin is home to some of the highest terrain in North America. That means we have great snow and gorgeous views, plus the longest winter season in Colorado (October - June). 

All lift ticket purchases, lesson reservations, & equipment rentals must be made online in advance of your visit. Face coverings are REQUIRED INDOORS for all individuals due to the most recent Summit County Public Health Order.

Planning Your Visit

A-Basin Lift Tickets & Passes

A-Basin full-season passes and unrestricted multi-day packs have sold out for the season. Here's how to visit us if you don't have an access product, yet:

  1.  Single-day, date-specific lift tickets 

  2.  Midweek 3-pack (Monday-Friday, the 3 days do not have to be consecutive) 

  3.  Midweek season pass (unlimited access, Monday-Friday, thru closing day)

All access products must be purchased online in advance, including Friends & Family tickets. We do not sell tickets or passes on-site.


Ikon & Mountain Collective Info 

Reservations not required.

Upcoming Ikon Base Pass Blackout Dates: Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022; Jan. 15-16; Feb. 19-20

  • Ikon Base Pass holders get 5 days at A-Basin; blackout dates apply. Ikon Pass holders get 7 days at A-Basin with no blackout dates. You can go directly to the lift with your Ikon Pass.

  • Mountain Collective pass holders get 2 days at A-Basin with no blackout dates. You must come see us at a ticket window to get a day ticket.

  • Ikon and Mountain Collective Passes are no longer on sale.

The A-Basin Experience

Breathtaking Terrain

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 blue runs allow you to experience almost every part of A-Basin, from the open back bowl to the legendary Pali Lift. 

For advanced-expert skiers and riders, 75% 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. SKI Magazine ranked us #1 for most challenging terrain in Colorado in 2022. We hope you have fun out there!


Chef-Led Dining 

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).

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 food and beer at the new Steilhang Hut (il Rifugio and Steilhang open Spring 2022). 


Ease of Access

A-Basin is close to Denver and features free parking that is a quick walk to the lifts, a small base area, public transportation options, and a robust tailgating scene. 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 limited the sales of unrestricted season passes this year, we anticipate far less crowding than in years past (translation: shorter, faster lift lines; easier parking; more space in restaurants).


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 (6 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. 


Bring Home a Piece of The Legend

Shop for apparel, gifts, trail signs, licensed Grateful Dead merch, 75th anniversary commemorative items, and more on the official A-Basin store! Or visit us in person, 8 AM - 5 PM, 7 days a week. 


COVID-19 Information

Per the updated Summit County Public Health order (1/25/22), face coverings are no longer required indoors. However, A-Basin still requires them in select settings. You must wear a mask when in:

  • The Kids Center

  • The Base n’ Edge Rental Shop

  • A-Basin shuttle busses

  • First Aid

Please stay home if you are not feeling well or are at high risk. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

  • There are no reservations required to ski, eat, or park.

  • COVID-19 regulations are subject to change at any time in the event of an updated public health order. 

Arapahoe Basin will continue to follow the guidance of our local public health authorities. Click here for additional details and vaccination/testing resources.  

All of the information on this page is subject to change. We will update it frequently. 

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