Winter Visitors Guide
Oct 7, 2022
Oct 8, 2022
Oct 9, 2022
WHEN IS OPENING DAY FOR ARAPAHOE BASIN?
A-Basin always aims for a mid-October opening day. We don't announce a date because we simply get the ski area open as early as possible. Snowmaking starts as soon as conditions are right.
When we open for the 2022-23 winter season, it will be with one lift (Black Mountain Express), one run (High Noon) and limited menus in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and Black Mountain Lodge. Rentals, retail, and the tune shop will be available; lessons do not start until November.
Opening day is not a beginner experience.
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. Get your unrestricted pass or pack, now, before they sell out!
Are you ready?
All lift tickets must be purchased online in advance. There are NO on-site lift ticket sales. Day tickets are limited and could sell out, especially on weekends. Buy in advance for the best price.
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Get insight into how last season went and what to expect for the 2022-23 winter in this blog post from our COO.
Legendary for a Reason
SKI Magazine ranked A-Basin #1 for most challenging terrain in Colorado in 2022.
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 Pallavicini 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. And we don't mean black groomers. We mean variable, spicy, backcountry-style skiing and riding. If that sounds like your thing, check out The East Wall, The Steep Gullies, and the terrain off the Pali Lift. Stay safe and have fun out there!
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.
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 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.