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Winter Visitors Guide

Welcome to Arapahoe Basin!

Info for the 21-22 winter ski + snowboard season

We anticipate a normal operating season and look forward to welcoming you back for skiing and snowboarding sometime in October. We don’t specify an opening date because we always open as soon as we can! We'll add more info here as we get closer to opening day.

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What will be available on opening day?

The Black Mountain Express Lift will serve the High Noon run.

Opening day is not a beginner experience. Tickets will not be sold on-site. Dining and retail will be open. Lessons will not be available, yet.

Uphill access will NOT be open. Please wait until we determine it is safe to offer uphill access. You will need a 21-22 uphill pass + armband.

A-Basin Tickets & Passes

We are limiting the number of passes we sell for the 21-22 season and limiting daily lift ticket sales to reduce crowds and preserve a quality ski and ride experience.

  • LIFT TICKETS: Must purchase online in advance. We will not sell lift tickets on-site at the window. Buy early to save money and ensure you can come when you want. On sale soon.

  • PASSES: There are no restrictions on A-Basin season passes or Any Day passes. Reservations not required. Friends and family lift tickets must be purchased online in advance.

If you renewed a pass product from the 20-21 season, you can re-use the RFID card; your pass will automatically be loaded onto it. Pass benefits and FAQ.


Ikon & Mountain Collective 

Reservations not required.

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. Mountain Collective passholders get 2 days at A-Basin with no blackout dates.

Ski & Snowboard Lessons

Lessons begin November 22. Advanced reservations are required.

  • We offer half-day group and half-day private lessons for all abilities, ages 3 and up.

  • Kids Club Arapahoe returns this season for skiers ages 7-11.

  • Full-season equipment rentals are available for kids.


Ski & Snowboard Rentals / Tune Shop

Advanced reservations are required for all rental equipment.

If your gear needs a tune, wax, or repair, please drop it off in the rental shop (beginning opening day).

Mountain Dining

The 6th Alley Bar and Grill (base area) will be serving up delicious homemade food and award-winning bloody Marys starting opening day.

The Black Mountain Lodge, Legends Café, il Rifugio, and the new Steilhang Hut will open at a later date.

Arapahoe Sports Retail Store

Arapahoe Sports will be open daily beginning opening day.

Shop online 24/7


No parking reservations. All parking is free, except for the small Admin Lot.

Ten electric car charging outlets will be available in the Early Riser Parking Lot.

Public transportation to A-Basin is available via the Summit Stage Swan Mountain Flyer between late November and April. 

Overnight camping is not permitted in any A-Basin lot. Do not park on the side of the highway or the state patrol will tow your vehicle.

Lift Operating Hours

  • Saturday-Sunday + major holidays: 8:30 a.m. opening

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. opening

Black Mountain Express and the Molly Hogan learning-area lifts are open until 4:00 p.m. Zuma and Beavers close first (3:15 p.m.). Lenawee and Pallavicini close at 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Restrictions

For the 2021-22 winter season, there are no requirements or restrictions for A-Basin guests related to COVID-19. There are no reservations required to ski, eat, or park. 

Please note that COVID-19 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 local public health authorities. Click here for additional details.

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


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