Overall Rating

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin3.5/59
Arapahoe Basin3.5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
  • Recommend
    89%
  • Would Revisit
    89%

Arapahoe Basin - Reviews

Arapahoe Basin - Reviews

Throwback ski hill

Prawn09/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    April

Throwback ski hill

Prawn09/04/2019
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 Mueller20/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Great for boarders!

Andrew Mueller20/03/2015
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 Skeehan23/12/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great Day at A Basin

Chris Skeehan23/12/2014
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

Leftie19/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

A Basin

Leftie19/10/2012
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 Macey15/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great for Summer Skiing

Todd Macey15/10/2012
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 Skier08/05/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

A Base

Southern Skier08/05/2012
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 Holley29/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Avid Colorado Skier

Josh Holley29/11/2011
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!

Our new "home"!

Kristen Beale31/03/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Our new "home"!

Kristen Beale31/03/2011
I have no clue what the other guy is even talking about. I have been skiing most of my life, and prior to our visit to ABasin this season, Keystone was our home. I grew up there, I knew the trails...it was comfortable for me.

This year was my older two boys first year hitting the slopes. I decided I wanted them away from the hustle and bustle of Keystone. Not only was I impressed, but I'm afraid we will never go back to Key! ABasin staff was second to none - they greeted us with excitement and one gentlemen spent about 20 minutes just chatting with us about the mountain while we watched our boys in ski school.

To rate the mountain on the level of snowfall for a particular season is wrong. How can ABasin control that? Hit the bowls this year, and I'm sure you'll have a different perspective all together.

(I rated a 3 on Off-Piste, simply because I am not able to rate any backcountry skiing on this mountain because I am an intermediate)

I personally liked the closeness of ABasin. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel at home, the lift lines were nill (during Spring Break) and parking..well, I must say I have NEVER been on the 2nd row on any mountain.

We have found our new home - and thank you ABasin for a fabulous time this year. My kids had a blast, and so did we!

A Basin - Great for Beer Swilling

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

A Basin - Great for Beer Swilling

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
The buzz about The Beach and the fun that can be had whilst boozing in the A Basin car park is very well deserved. However the hype about the expert terrain at Arapahoe Basin may be a bit over the top. One of the elements that make the terrain so challenging is the potential lack of snow covering the slopes and the resultant rock skiing that will destroy your edges!

Pros: uncrowded ski area; long season; good snow quality (for the parts of the mountain that are covered); steep moguls (if you’ve got any cartilage left in your knees); and great cornices.

Cons: requires a good base to get fired up; a culture that may not gel with everyone; not family friendly; no accommodation on-mountain so a daily commute is required; slow lifts; and high potential to be windy.