About Arapahoe Basin Ski ResortWith a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, visit the Swiss Alps right here in the Colorado Rockies. Set at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass, A-basin offers over 100 expertly carved trails, boasting above-timberline bowls, and deep powder stashes. Groomed cruiser runs or chutes and glades - the Basin has it!
Arapahoe Basin, known as "The Legend" to many Coloradans, has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, open from October to June. Enjoy the 360-degree view from the summit or lunch at Black Mountain Lodge all while skiing some of the best terrain in the world. With the addition of the Montezuma Bowl, there is twice the natural beauty to explore; more high-alpine groomed runs, bowls, chutes and glades, all serviced by our new quad chairlift. Experience the Legend.
Location: 28194 US Hwy 6, Dillon, CO 80435
Contact: 888-272-7246 and Website
Vertical rise: 2,530 ft.
Base elevation: 10,780 ft. (Mountain Goat Plaza); 10,520 ft. (lowest point)
Summit elevation: 13,050 ft.
Average annual snowfall: 350 inches
Number of trails: 145
Longest run: 1.5 miles
Skiable acres: 1,428
Snowmaking acres: 125
Terrain by Difficulty
More Difficult 20%
Most Difficult 49%
Black Mountain Express - Highspeed Quad at the main base area
Zuma - Access from Zuma Bowl
Beavers - Access for the Beavers new terrain in 2018/2019
Lenawee Mountain - Access to the main ski area with blue and green terrain
Molly Hogan and Pika Place Carpets - Beginner terrain at the main base area
A- Basin hosts events year round with live music, fabulous food, and of course on mountain activity. Trail runs, luaus, moonlight dinner and hike, summer hikes, yoga on the mountain, and many more fun activities away you at A-Basin. See detailed events caledar here.
Opening Day - TBD 2019
Moon Light Dinner Series - January - March
Spring Concert Series - April - June
Closing Day - TBD 2020
Summer Concert Series - July - September
Yoga at A-Basin - July - September
Oktoberfest - September
To access the mountain for skiing, a lift ticket is required. A variety of ticket packages are available. Purchase a package that includes items such as rental equipment, a famous bacon blood mary, or lunch. Also consider purchasing a multi-day ticket if you plan to ski more than once to get the best deal possible. Purchase tickets online HERE
Rentals & Retail
Ski and snowbaord rentals are available at the base area. You can pick up, drop off, and ski all in one location. Booking your rental reservation in advance is recommended, especially during holiday periods. Snowpants and jacket rental are also available. Book online HERE.
The Arapahoe Sports Retail Shop has a variety of outerware, souveiners, gloves, hand warmers, and more. If you forget something, lose a glove, or the weather changes Arapahoe Sports has you covered.
6th Alley Bar and Grill - The 6th Alley is nestled at the main base area and is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal, a beer, or a famous bacon blood mary. There is indoor seating as well as ample outdoor seating on the deck to enjoy the Colorado sunshine.
The Legends Cafe - The cafeteria style restaurant offers a variety of options from pizza to snacks and coffee. The cafeteria service is fast and there is ample seating available throughout the lodge.
The Taco Truck - Located outside at the main base area, huge burritos and tasty tacos are served to order.
Black Mountain Lodge - Located mid mountain, the Black Mountain Lodge has cafeteria style service and seating indoors. There is also a bar and ample outdoor seating.
Il Riffugio at Snowplume - The newest on mountain restaurant is located atop the new Beavers Lift and the Lenawee Mountain Lift. Enjoy flat breads,espresso, charcuterie pairs, and other European bistro style fare.
Parking - There are five parking areas, four of which are free. The Early Riser lot is the closet parking available, as the name suggests get there early for this prime parking. This is also where you will find "The Beach". High Noon, Last Chance, and Upper Last Chance are located just above the main base area and are serviced by shuttle. The Admin Lot ($30) and the first 200 spots in the Early Riser Lot ($20) are paid parking.
The Beach - Locals and visitors alike refer to the parking spots in the Early Riser Lot along the snow as "The Beach". Here you will find people tailgaiting with thier coolers, grills, tents, dogs, and friends. There are some coveted free spaces, as well as spaces closest to the Black Mountain Express Lift that can be reserved for a fee.
Public Transportation - The Summit Stage is the local free public bus system. During the winter months you can ride for free and be picked up and dropped off at the main base area. View up to date schedules at www.summitstage.com
A variety of ski school options are available. If you have never skied before, a lesson is highly recomended. A variety of lessons are also offered for children, adults, groups, private lessons, and shorter brush up classes are also available. Learn more about A-Basin Ski School HERE.
In the summer months Arapahoe Basin is open for mountain biking. The trails are best suited for intermeidate to skilled riders. BYOB - bike rentals and bike haul are not available on mountain.
The Route to the Top - Argentine North Fork Trail
This is the main trail at Arapahoe Basin, the single track rises to mid mountain at the Black Mountain Lodge. The trail is 1.8 miles long with a steep vertical rise of 750 feet! The Black Mountain Lodge is open in the summer months, stop and take in the view here. While you are there, treat yourself to some BBQ, after all you worked for it. If you are looking to continue the ride from here, you can pick up a steep primitive dirt road that continues another 1.5 miles to 12,500 ft and expanisve mountain views.
Lenawee Trail, Off the Backside
From the top, a skilled backcountry rider can descend the 3.3-mile, black-diamond Lenawee Trail down into A-Basin’s Montezuma Bowl, ending at County Road 260/Peru Creek Road. From there, connect to additional trails and dirt road riding, if so desired.
Lenawee is steep; it’s technical and it requires a shuttle or a big loop with significant time spent pedaling on roads. Please review the elevation profile and map before attempting Lenawee for the first time. It’s worth it the adventure if you are prepared. (Please be prepared!)
Summit County has a beautiful landscape for road biking. You can park and ride from Arapahoe Basin or you can travel on the Summit County Recreation Path and then take HWY 6 to Arapahoe Basin.
Here at Arapahoe Basin you can test your skill on Loveland Pass where the USA Pro Challenge Cycling Race took place in 2015. From Arapahoe Basin you will ascend the category 1 climb to the Contenental Divide. Be sure to stop and take a photo before you embark on the exhillarating down hill to return to Arapahoe Basin or continue to to Loveland Basin. The distance from Araphaoe Basin to Loveland Pass look out point and back is about 8 miles.