Arapahoe Basin is a 63 year old snow resort in Colorado that serves some of the highest skiable terrain in the USA. The Resort is also host to one of Colorado's longest and steepest trails: Pallavincini. Part of Arapahoe Basin is above the timberline (above the hight at which trees can grow)and often provides snow sports through spring and into the beginning of summer.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
In Summit County, sixty-eight miles (110 km) west of Denver, Colorado, USA
- Great Terrain
- Great Snow
- Long Season
- Poor rental equipment
- Slow chairlifts
- Bad for Beginners
Phone: 1-888-ARAPAHOE (1-888-272-7246) 1-970-468-0718
Postal: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area P.O. Box 5808 Dillon, Colorado 80435
Car from Denver: Arapahoe Basin is a 96 mile (150 km) 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.
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.
Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit http://www.summitstage.com.
Shuttle: Contact Resort Express for direct service from Denver International Airport to lodging within Summit County. Call 1-800-334-7433 or Colorado Mountain Express.
Air: Denver International Airport has daily flights to and from most major cities. Also, the Colorado Springs and Vail/Eagle Airports are served regularly by major airlines from cities all across the country.
Arapahoe Basin does not offer on mountain accommodation.
Hotels, lodges, condos, motels and B&B's are available as close as five miles from the resort.
Adult full-day $49
Adult half-day $44
Youth full-day (15-19) $44
Child full-day (6 - 14) $25
Child full-day (5 & under) FREE
Private Lessons: Starts at $99 (Join us for 1-6 hours in an individualized lesson. Private lessons can accommodate up to 4 people.)
Adult First Timer Complete Package: $85 (Includes 2.5 hrs instruction, equipment rental & beginner hill lift ticket.)
Adult Legendary Full Mountain Complete Package: $100 (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: $95 (Includes 2.5 hrs instruction, equipment rental & lift ticket.)
The Rental shop can be found at the bottom of the mountain not to far from the lifts. There is a good selection of equipment for all needs. Price List: (Includes skis, boots, and poles)
Adult, full day performance ski package: $39
Adult, full day sport ski package: $29
Adult, snowboard package: $35
Child, (up to 14) ski package: $18
Child, (up to 14) snowboard package: $22 (Ages 3-14 years old - free helmet usage with rental.)
Prices are subject to change
The Resort has four main parking lots;
- Early Riser: Positioned beside the mountain between the bottom of the Pallavicini and the Exhibition lifts.
- High-Noon: Found a few hundred yards east of the Base area (in the direction of Loveland Pass).
- Last Chance: Is a bit further in the direction of Loveland Pass.
- Administration Lot: (smallest) Located right out the front of the Guest Services Building.
A free bus system provides access to the surrounding towns of Arapahoe Basin. In these towns can be found many activities and social gatherings such as bars, pubs, etc.
The Legends Cafe, located at the foot of the mountain, serves breakfasts and lunches, indoors and out.
The Coffee Corner located just infront of the Sixth Alley Bar, offers great drinks. Why not try our chai, mate, assortment of teas or simply grab a coffee.
Located at the top of Arapahoe Basin, the Snow Plume Refuge no longer offers soups and chili, but has vending machines for your food and drink needs. Use our outside grill for a little "bring your own, cook your own" and enjoy the view!
Bars & Entertainment
Black Mountain Lodge, located at the top of the Exhibition lift, serves bistro style food, indoors and out.
The Sixth Alley Bar offers apres-ski libations.
Arapahoe Sports has everything for the hill, including clothing and helmet rental. Clothing rental starts at $10 per item rented. Black Mountain Sports is your mid-mountain shop for clothing, beanies, and hand warmers.
Kids-Only ski and snowboard lessons and rentals are offered so children may learn with their peers. Ski lessons are offered for children 4 years old and up. Snowboarding lessons are available for ages 8 years old and up.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
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