Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort


Arapahoe Basin is a small ski resort situated high on the Continental Divide. It offers the highest skiable terrain in North America and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. There is no village area. There are no condos. It is all about the skiing. It caters to locals and front-range skiers. While there are some green runs, A-basin has mostly intermediate and advanced runs and some extreme skiing. Free parking within walking distance of the lifts.

Half of the mountain is above timberline with open bowl skiing and snowboarding through spring and into early summer. One of its signature runs, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado's longest and steepest trails.

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Statistics for Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Vertical rise: 2,270 feet
Base elevation: 10,780 feet
Summit elevation: 13,050 feet
Average annual snowfall: 350 inches
Number of trails: 105
Longest run: 1.5 miles
Skiable acres: 900
Snowmaking acres: 125
One high speed quad
One quad chairlift
One triple chairlifts
Three double chairlifts
One conveyor lift
Lift capacity of 10,500 people per hour
Beginner Terrain: 10%
Intermediate Terrain: 30%
Advanced Terrain: 37%
Expert Terrain: 23%

Lift Ticket Prices

  Early SEASON

10/25 - 12/17/10

Regular SEASON

12/18/10 - 4/24/11 


4/25/10 - Closing 

Adult Full Day

(20-59 years)

$54 $69 $TBD
Adult 2 Day* $98 $120 $TBD
Adult Half Day


$49 $58 $TBD
Youth Full Day

(15-19 years)

$49 $56 $TBD
Child Full Day

(6-14 years)

$29 $34 $TBD
Child 5 years and Under FREE FREE FREE
Semi Senior

(60-69 years)

$51 $59 $TBD

(70 years+)

$20 $20 $TBD

Please note that these prices are subject to change without notice.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski and Ride School

Classes are offered for skiers and snowboarders of every ability, from never-evers to powder bashers and mogul masters. Private lessons are available.

Private Lessons: Starts at $140
(Join us for 2-6 hours in an individualized lesson. Private lessons can accommodate up to 4 people.)

Adult First Timer Complete Package: $120
(Includes 2.5 hrs instruction, equipment rental & beginner hill lift ticket.)

Adult Legendary Full Mountain Complete Package: $140
(Includes 2.5 hrs instruction, equipment rental & full-mountain lift ticket.)

Children's Full Day Complete Package: $115
(Includes full-day instruction, equipment rental, lift ticket & lunch.)

Children's Half Day Complete Package: $100
(Includes 2.5 hrs instruction, equipment rental & lift ticket.)

Please note that these prices are subject to change without notice.

Getting to Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

By car from Denver: Arapahoe Basin Ski resort is a 96 mile drive west from Denver International Airport via I-70 west. Take I-70 west to Silverthorne (exit 205), then travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, choose the 68 mile scenic route from Denver by taking I-70 west to Loveland Pass (exit 216), then proceed west on U.S. Highway 6 for 8 miles.

By Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit The Summit Stage for the schedule.

By Private Shuttle: There is a local shuttle service that offers very affordable rides between the local ski resorts and towns, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Silverthorne, Frisco, and Dillon. Please Contact Us for pricing, scheduling, and booking.

Parking at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Once you arrive at A-Basin, there are four parking lots: Early Riser parking lot is located directly adjacent to the mountain between the Black Mountain Express and Pallavicini lifts, High-Noon parking lot is located a few hundred yards east (up towards Loveland Pass) of the Base Area, Last Chance parking lot is further still up Loveland pass, and the Administration Lot (the smallest) is located directly outside the Guest Services Building and the Ticket/Season Pass Office adjacent to the base area.

All parking at A-Basin is free with the exception of the Administration Lot. There is usually a charge to park in this lot on weekends and holidays.

Disabled parking is available in both the Administration and the Early Riser parking lots.

There is a pedestrian tunnel between the High Noon parking lot and the base area so guests will not need to walk across Highway 6 to get to the ski area.

A-Basin has two shuttle buses that take guests from the upper parking lots to the base area.

Arapahoe Basin Parking Map

Arapahoe Basin Terrain Parks

Arapahoe Basin has two terrain parks including Treeline, the highest terrain park in North America, and High Divide, a progressive terrain park.

Treeline contains over a dozen jumps, boxes, rails, and other challenging features. The High Divide park contains 10 different rail and box configurations.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Maps

If you would like to see a larger version (250K) of the trail map please click on the image below. Once in the larger map, click on the map to zoom into a particular area.

Frontside of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort


Backside of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Frontside of the Mountain    Backside of the Mountain—Montezuma Bowl

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