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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

28194 US Highway 6
Dillon, CO 80435
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  • Sun, Sat 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm
Many consider Arapahoe Basin, endearingly known as A-Basin, to be one of the most underrated ski areas in the state. It certainly has the longest season -- usually from mid-October to early June – because the north-facing slopes get less sun and the snow sticks around. A-Basin is a sibling of Breckenridge and Keystone, and while it may not have their amount of acreage, it has plenty of steep glades, bump runs and and out-of-bounds skiing. It also has the best parking-lot parties of any mountain in the state.

Related Stories (2)

  • Slopes & Suds
    9 months ago by Susan Froyd

    Although Arapahoe Basin typically closes its season with the Festival of the Brewpubs, sometimes — a few seasons ago, for instance, when a snow drought shortened everyone’s run — the skiing is already over. Not so ...

  • Running Wild
    3 years ago by Colin Bane

    Arapahoe Basin is often the first ski resort to open and the last to close each year, but five new summer events — starting with today’s Summer Trail Race and BBQ — are helping to make it more of a year-round desti...