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Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin3.5/512
Arapahoe Basin3.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
  • Recommend
    92%
  • Would Revisit
    92%
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Arapahoe Basin - Reviews

Arapahoe Basin - Reviews

Not what it use to be

Brannon
23/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Not what it use to be

Brannon
23/02/2020
It has been a great disappointment with Abasin and the crowds. Just like it was when when on Epic Pass. 3 weeks in a row lots full. Ikon is no different than Epic, they both are overcrowding the place. I will not buy a pass next year because for a shorter drive, I can ski powder and park. Bye Abasin enjoy your Ikon.

A-Basin is a Great Ski Area for the Whole Family

Therese Baker
24/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    April
  • Admin Rating
    4

A-Basin is a Great Ski Area for the Whole Family

Therese Baker
24/10/2019
I grew up in a huge family that loves skiing. I started skiing with my family when I was four, skiing several times a season at various Colorado ski areas. Now that I have gotten to an expert skiing level, A-Basin is one of my favorite resorts. A-Basin is a good resort for families because of its large variety of terrain, long ski season, and stunning views.
A-basin has a large variety of terrain that suits everyone in my family, from my little siblings, who are still learning, to my Dad, an expert skier. There’s a small beginner lift and magic carpet close to the parking lot for my little siblings to learn on. Two larger lifts close by lead to more advanced terrain, so my family can easily take turns skiing with the little kids and skiing harder terrain. Leaving the bunny hill and going up the larger lifts opens up a huge new spectrum. I enjoy skiing a terrain park, soft cruising runs, and moguls with my older siblings. When I’m skiing with my dad, we go farther up the mountain to the expert terrain. My dad and I have an amazing time jumping off large cornices, pond skimming, and skiing down the second steepest run in Colorado! I could never get bored skiing such a large variety of terrain. My little siblings sometimes get bored on the bunny hill, but that encourages them to improve so they can ski with me. A-Basin has terrain for everyone in my family, no matter their skill level.
In my opinion, one of the best things about A-basin is their long ski season. A-basin is often the earliest ski resort to open and the last to close in North America, with a season from October to June. However, roughly every 4 years A-basin will extend their ski season to stay open until July! A-basin has been the only North American ski area to regularly stay open that late. My family and I love A-Basin’s long ski season because it gives us more opportunities to ski together. My family will often ski at A-Basin during our school breaks because that’s the only time I have school off while my parents can get off work. Because A-Basin has such a long season we don’t only ski fall and Christmas break, but also spring and summer break! I get to ski more often at A-Basin with my family than I would without A-Basin.
A-Basin’s mountain views are breathtaking. I love eating lunch with my family surrounded by majestic white mountains. A-Basin has a midmountain lodge perfectly situated to view a stunning mountain without lifts or manmade construction in the way. A-Basin also has a herd of goats that will graze on the mountain peaks, within view of the skiers. The herd of goats and huge white mountains against Colorado’s vibrant blue sky make a surreal skiing experience. Looking at the mountain views with my family is a beautiful, cherished memory. Even if you are not a skier, the views alone make it worth visiting A-Basin with your family.
A-Basin is a great resort, but unfortunately it does have a con. A-Basin can be less safe for beginners than other resorts because they have a more advanced terrain and less beginner terrain compared to other resorts. The lack of beginner terrain means they don’t have as many trails with safety signs such as “SLOW DOWN”, “TRAILS MERGE”, and “FAMILY ZONE”. At many other ski areas there are “yellow jackets”, staff who patrol beginner trails keeping them safe. The yellow jackets look out for riders going dangerously fast or out of control, and tell them to ride safely. I have never seen a yellow jacket at A-Basin, and I have definitely seen riders going dangerously fast. The lack of safety signs and yellow jackets at A-Basin results in more crazy riders speeding out of control, and not looking out carefully for other skiers. I’m often a little scared to have my siblings ski on their own during the more crowded ski days, because they could easily have a reckless rider crash into them.
Despite the negatives for beginners, I recommend A-Basin because of the large variety of terrain, skiing into the summer, and the breathtaking views. If your family is looking for a beautiful, enjoyable resort that has terrain for everyone, A-Basin is worth trying. However, if the more advanced terrain scares you, there are other resorts more focused on beginners. If you are looking for a resort with great advanced terrain, try A-Basin. A-Basin gets five stars from my family, and a resolution to ski there forever.

Not Breckenridge or Keystone

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Not Breckenridge or Keystone

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
A-Basin is an outlier among the other corporate Summit County ski areas and that what makes it appealing to so many.
The base area isn't fancy and there is no lodging.
This is a ski area not a resort.
If you time it right, a powder day on the East Wall is life changing.
While many bemoan the Basin for expanding into Montezuma bowl and now thew Beavers. The skiing quality/crowd issues are finally improving.

Throwback ski hill

Prawn
09/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    April

Throwback ski hill

Prawn
09/04/2019
Arapahoe basin reminds me of skiing in my childhood-Muddy parking lots, slow chairlifts, a lack of high end...anything. The only thing it lacked in that regard is the smell of P-Tex wafting through the lodge.
The skiing is very good here. The snow quality is excellent. A-Basin has arguably the best expert terrain in that part of Colorado.
The scene is quirky here. Lots of locals in costume. The beach appears to be quite the scene with lots of Barbecuing, and partying going on.
Would love to revisit this place and hang with the locals.

Great for boarders!

Andrew Mueller
20/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Great for boarders!

Andrew Mueller
20/03/2015
Great spot though pretty high up (13K) so elevation starts to become a factor. Cheap and full of really challenging runs. Great snow too! The food/beer is some of the better mid-mountain eats/drink we've come across. The gift shop however...not nearly enough swag to buy...

Great Day at A Basin

Chris Skeehan
23/12/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great Day at A Basin

Chris Skeehan
23/12/2014
Went to CO for a long week with my wife and hit up a A-Basin, Vail, Breck, Keystone, and did backcountry with Vale Powder Guides and Keystone Powder Guides.

Of the 4 resorts, A-Basin was our favorite. We like no frills, low price, great skiing/riding. Price point was right, esp since they offered military discount.

The snow condition was great, not very crowded and terrain was nice. Its a smaller mountain by comparision, but made up for it with the challenge in the terrain.

A Basin

Leftie
19/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

A Basin

Leftie
19/10/2012
A Basin is home to the Front Rangers due to its proximity to Denver. It's fortunate to have one of the longest seasons of any resort. Home to serious skiers but they are making efforts to build a skiing school with magic carpets for new skiers. Super high elevation with lots of open bowl steeps.

Pros: Pali is a classic—beautiful and steep. The Beach (aka the parking lot) is tricked out for tailgating with picnic tables. Best locals only kind of place because there is not a hotel or resort village. Just come ready to ski and have a good time with the locals. Lap Pali. The resort is upgrading many facilities this season including wind fencing. Spring Break is epic!

Cons: Due to the altitude and exposed bowls the snow can get blown away. It can be very windy and cold on a bad day. Crowded. It's a bummer to have to drive away at the end of the day.

Great for Summer Skiing

Todd Macey
15/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great for Summer Skiing

Todd Macey
15/10/2012
I usually go here early or late in the season, since they usually have the most runs open at this time. You tend to find the die-hard skiers and snowboarders here once all the other resorts shut down. In the middle of the season, though, I'd recommend other resorts for those looking to get the deepest powder. It can get pretty crowded, especially the blue and green runs, at all times of the season.

Their harder runs are pretty awesome on both the front side and the back side. For some extreme skiing, the upper east wall is pretty intense, a very fun run, but pretty tiring getting over there. For lunch, their mid mountain eating area on the front side is a spot to catch some stunning mountain views. The frontside east walls look awesome, some of the most striking mountains in Colorado.

This resort is best suited for intermediate riders, those looking for good views, and those who want extend the season a bit. Nightlife pretty slow here.

A Base

Southern Skier
08/05/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

A Base

Southern Skier
08/05/2012
A Basin is what ski slopes use to be 50 years ago: just one little building, a decent size mountain, and a parking lot, which the has cool spaces that back up right to the slope; so lunch, beer or just chilling out right on the tail gate is easy for those who get there early.

A-base usually has good snow because it’s higher than most resorts around there - but wind and white out can be bad. Not a mountain for everybody, but worth a visit. Can be crowded on weekend and powder days.

No hotels, but there are some down by the expressway or you can stay in Breck or Keystone. I think of it as more of a day trip from one of those two.

Avid Colorado Skier

Josh Holley
29/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Avid Colorado Skier

Josh Holley
29/11/2011
Abasin is not for everyone. I have skied Colorado for the past 15 years and have hit Abasin nearly every year. They are typically the 1st to open and the last to close. The mountain is high so bring the 02!

Abasin is a smaller mountain although with the addition of the backside the size has increased substantially. There is no nightlife and no ski-in/out accommodations. The reason you are here is to ski.

Abasin caters to the more advanced skier so not everyone will be happy. I suggest if you have varied levels of skiers in your group to let the green skiers stay at Keystone or Brek.

The food is affordable the beer is cold and the skiing is excellent. Enjoy!
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