Winter Visitors Guide
May 28, 2022
May 29, 2022
May 30, 2022
Welcome to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Open daily until June 5, 2022. No beginner skiing or riding.
PLAN AHEAD: LIFT TICKETS NOT SOLD ON-SITE. BUY ONLINE.
Read on for important things to understand about this part of our season:
Spring conditions are variable. Snow is thin. Terrain can open and close at any time.
We are skiing and riding frontside terrain, only, off the Black Mountain Express + Lenawee Lifts. All other terrain areas and lifts have closed for the season.
Memorial Day (May 30) is the last day for Lenawee Lift and Steilhang Hut.
UPHILL ACCESS is available for uphill pass holders only when the lifts are not open. Uphill access closes for the season on Monday, May 30 at 8:30 AM.
Please carpool if you can!
The free Summit Stage bus will operate hourly on Saturdays and Sundays, only, through May 29.
The 6th Alley Bar & Grill, Black Mountain Lodge, and Steilhang Hut are open daily through the end of the season. Legends Cafe (our cafeteria) will have limited offerings on weekends only. We highly recommend enjoying a beverage on the deck of the 6th Alley after an afternoon of skiing or riding slush bumps under bluebird skies.
As always, you can bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy it in the A-Frame open dining area, in Black Mountain Lodge, or on one of our base-area decks. Please no outside food in any of our restaurants.
Must reserve online in advance.
Reminder: Conditions are no longer suitable for beginners. Please do not plan to visit us if you are not experienced at skiing or riding.
Lessons have ended for the season and our Molly Hogan learning lift is closed. See you in November 2022!
The Black Mountain Express (BMX) + Lenawee lifts open at 9:00 AM on weekdays and 8:30 AM on Saturdays + Sundays. Black Mountain Express turns until 4:00 PM every day. Lenawee closes at 3:30 PM.
Free live music every Saturday in May, 1:00-4:00 PM in the base area plaza.
Rail Jam, May 14
Swimwear Day, May 28
Pride Celebration, May 28
Festival of the Brewpubs, May 29
Here's how to visit us:
Single-day, date-specific lift tickets (full-day & discount, 2-hour afternoon options available)
Midweek 3-pack (Monday-Friday, the 3 days do not have to be consecutive)
All access products must be purchased online in advance, including Friends & Family tickets. We do not sell tickets or passes on-site.
Reservations not required.
Upcoming Ikon Base Pass Blackout Dates: There are no more for the 21-22 season!
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.
SKI Magazine ranked us #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 (il Rifugio opens Spring 2022; il Rifugio will be back and much bigger in Winter 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 and limit daily lift ticket sales, we anticipate far less crowding than in years past (translation: shorter, faster lift lines; easier parking; more space in restaurants).
An Awesome Spring Scene + Event Schedule
Staying open for skiing and riding until June means we get to play host to an incredibly fun, laid-back Spring scene. Come enjoy a day on the mountain in a T-shirt then tailgate in the parking lot or watch the sun set from the deck of our 6th Alley Bar with an award-winning bloody Mary in hand.
Or, check out one of our events. Coming up are several free concerts in the base area, our 75th birthday celebration (April 1-3), a ski and snowboard demo day, the annual Festival of the Brewpubs, the always-popular Swimwear Day, and A-Basin Pride Weekend (June 4-5).
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.
Per the updated Summit County Public Health order (1/25/22), face coverings are no longer required indoors.
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.