Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
United States
Phone: 970 468-0718

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About the Ski Resort

One of Summit County's secret spots that locals cherish when the tourist season hits its peak, Arapahoe Basin is the epitome of Colorado's laid back reputation with a twist of tough terrain and entertaining events.

Since 1946 the best skiers in the world have been drawn to this very unique alpine cirque high on the Continental Divide for the slopes and snow. Stepping up in size is the Mutha' Hucker, Arapahoe's terrain park complete with jumps and rails that bend into everything from rainbows to kinks.

Open bowls above timberline make this the gathering place for the advanced skier. But it also provides plenty of fun, forgiving terrain for folks who seek a bit less stimulating adventure. If you're seeking a real challenge, hike to the Upper East Wall and feast your eyes on a beautiful view above and steep chutes below. Yet some of the hot powder spots is a mere traverse over to the Lower East Wall.

The mountain offers a plethora of events for all ages and ski levels each season, from telemark clinics to better your skills to its annual parking lot cookouts and weekend tailgating.

Boasting one of the longest seasons in North America, Arapahoe Basin sometimes opens in October and attempts to offer good snow until the Fourth of July.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  15 %

 More Difficult:  45 %

 Most Difficult:  20 %

 Experts only:  20 %

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  10,780 ft
Summit elevation:  13,050 ft
Vertical drop:  2,270 ft
Skiable area:  490 acres
Annual snowfall:  367 in
Snowmaking:  25 %
Number of trails:  69
Number of lifts:  6
Types of lifts:  1 Magic Carpet,
 3 Double Chairs,
 2 Triple Chairs

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

By car from Denver: The 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 car from Colorado Springs: The 115 mile trip follows I-25 north to C-470 west, then take I-70, and west to Silverthorne (exit 205), then travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, take the scenic route via U.S. Highway 24 west to Colorado Highway 9 north, turn right onto Swan Mountain Road, and right again onto U.S. Highway 6, then venture east for 8 miles.