Arapahoe Basin


Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin as it is often known, offers the highest skiable terrain in North America. This means that in Colorado, it is often the first resort to open and the last to close. Some years skiing lasts until June! The mountain, nicknamed “The Legend”, has plenty of open bowl skiing above timberline as well as tree lined runs. The relatively recent addition of the Montezuma Bowl on the back of Arapahoe Basin added an additional 400 acres and 36 runs, from intermediate to expert. There is no lodging at the resort, although there is a free shuttle from various nearby points in Summit County. Arapahoe Basin is popular with locals for its long season and homespun feel. There is a cafe, retail store and various restaurants at the resort.

Location Arapahoe Basin is located in Summit County in central Colorado and is 63 miles from Denver.
Airports Denver International Airport- 87 miles
Vail/Eagle Airport- 77 miles
Season Length October to June (typical length, depending on weather)
Hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mountain Info

Acres 900
Base Elevation 10,780 ft
Summit Elevation 13,050 ft
Vertical Rise 2270 ft
Avg. Annual Snowfall 350 in
Lessons Yes
Rentals Yes
Terrain Park Yes- 2
Snowcat Skiing No
Cross Country Skiing No
Night Skiing No


Trails 105
Longest Run 1.5 Miles
Terrain Beginner: 10%
Inter mediate: 30%
Advanced: 37%
Expert: 23%
Lifts One high-speed quad chairlift
One quad chairlift
One triple chairlift
Three double chairlifts
One conveyor lift


Amenities Restaurant, Cafe, Bar, Shop
Trail Map Link Arapahoe Basin Trail Map
Arapahoe Basin Trail Map Back Area


Ski Town There are various mountain towns within 10-20 miles of Arapahoe Basin that have lodging and other amenities.
Summer There are various events held throughout the summer. Weddings can be accommodated.

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9 a.m. – 4 p.m.