Typically one of the first ski resorts to open and one of the last to close each season, Arapahoe Basin has 109 trails. Sometimes referred to as the Swiss Alps in the Rockies, the mountain features a more tame frontside and a more difficult backside.
What Makes It Great
Head to the backside and the Montezuma bowl for chutes. The Beach is where you'll find the party, as it's got picnic tables, upfront parking and easy access to the lifts. The newly opened Treeline Terrain Park features multiple rails and boxes, while the High Divide Terrain Park has many features for the freestyle skier and snowboarder. Up hill ski traffic is allowed at A-Basin. For extra adventure, check out their moonlight dinners where you can ski, hike or snowshoe (there are regulations on which you can do when) up the mountain to dinner. Arapahoe Sports, located at the mountain, is the place to go for any last minute needs before you hit the slopes. Rentals and lessons are available too. There are many options for dining from mid mountain snacks and meals along with other choices on the base of the mountain. Lodging is available nearby near Keystone Mountain and in other locations in Summit County. There are also plenty of restaurants within driving distance.
Who is Going to Love It
This resort caters more to intermediate and advanced skiers, although there is a selection of beginner runs as well as a learning area.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Arapahoe Basin is located 7 miles from Exit 216 in I-70 and is normally reached by going up and over Loveland Pass (US 6). When Loveland Pass is closed, A-Basin can be reached by take Exit 205 off I-70 in Silverthorne and taking US 6 south 9 miles to the ski area.