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Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Guide

Arapahoe Basin, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift3,980m
Resort Height3,290m
 Nearest AirportDenver International
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Arapahoe Basin

The third-highest ski area in North America (and eleventh highest lift-served skiing on Earth, pipped for the title of Highest in North America by Snowmass and then knocked down to third by Loveland, which installed the world's highest chairlift, a quad and in the process took the 'Highest lift in the US title from Snowmass, in 1998). It is possible to hike up to nearly 4000 metres to ski down and increase the vertical. 'A Basin' came under new-ownership after splitting back from 'Keystone Control' for the '97-'98 season. The area's fantastic height means skiing is possible in to July and on occasions, even August. Good skiing for all abilities and very reasonably priced passes.

Summary

The American ski resort of Arapahoe Basin is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 3,290m.

Arapahoe Basin has direct access to 105 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 3,290m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,980m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Skiing

Arapahoe Basin offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

Arapahoe Basin is highly rated by Snowboarders.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Arapahoe Basin?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 27 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
72
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
28
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 5 
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
7

Altitudes

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,980m
Lowest Piste3,290m
Resort Altitude (Arapahoe Basin)3,290m
Max Vertical690m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Arapahoe Basin
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Arapahoe Basin Overview

The fourth-highest ski area in North America (pipped for the title of Highest in North America by Snowmass and then knocked down to third by Loveland, which installed the world's highest chairlift, a quad and in the process took the 'Highest lift in the US title from Snowmass, in 1998; and then agaijn by Breckenridge which built the world's highest chair in 2005).

It is possible to hike up to nearly 4000 metres to ski down and increase the vertical. 'A Basin' came under new-ownership after splitting back from 'Keystone Control' for the '97-'98 season. The area's fantastic height means skiing is possible in to July and on occasions, even August. Good skiing for all abilities and very reasonably priced passes.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Pallavicini'.

Location and Map

Where is Arapahoe Basin?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Chesterfield, St. Louis.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Arapahoe Basin is Denver International, 75 minutes drive away.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts are able to uplift 10,700 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Arapahoe Basin open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early November (Tries to open from mid October), and usual closing is Late May (Open normally to May or June).

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Arapahoe Basin, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Arapahoe Basin Tourist Office for the latest.

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