Arapahoe Basin

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We have put together a list of everything you need to know about Arapahoe Basin.

Arapahoe Basin Overview

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, along with some of the highest terrain in North America. With seven distinct areas, each with its distinct character, A-Basin offers a diverse range of experiences.

Ski Terrain

  • Beginner runs: 7%
  • Intermediate runs: 20%
  • Advanced runs: 49%
  • Expert runs: 24%
  • Total ski runs: 147
  • Terrain Parks: 3

Mountain Statistics

  • Summit elevation: 13050 feet
  • Skiable area: 1428 acre
  • Average Snowfall: 350 inch

Arapahoe Basin Trail Map

Arapahoe Basin trail map
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Arapahoe Basin Lift Tickets

Arapahoe Basin offers many types of lift tickets: day lift passes, Arapahoe Basin Season Passes, and Ikon Passes. A limited number of lift tickets are sold to manage crowds and provide a better experience. Below is a breakdown of the differences between the passes.

Day Lift Pass

All lift tickets must be purchased online and in advance. 

  • Available for Purchase: During ski season
  • Ideal for: Last-minute ski trips to Arapahoe Basin.

Season Passes

Arapahoe Basin offers a variety of season pass options that are available for purchase pre-ski season. The unlimited, unrestricted season passes quantity is limited for crowd-level control.

  • Value Season Pass provides unlimited access to Arapahoe Basin throughout the ski season except on blackout dates. The blackout dates are weekends in January and February, plus the first weekend in March. 
  • Midweek Season Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted weekday access to A-Basin. You also receive additional benefits including discounts to dining, retail, and tune shop.
  • Fall Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to A-Basin from opening day until January 1. You also receive discounts on dining, retail, and tuning until January 1.
  • Multi-Day Packs have the option of 3, 4, or 5 day access during the season with no blackout dates. You can use the pass non-consecutively.
  • Fall 3-Pack gives you 3 day access between opening day (est. mid-October) and December 21 (2023), except for Thanksgiving week. You can use the pass non-consecutively.
  • Full Season Pass gives you unlimited, unrestricted access to Arapahoe Basin throughout the ski season. You receive additional benefits including free or discounted ski days at partner resorts, discounts on food, shopping, lessons, and more.
  • Uphill Access Pass provides uphill access only when open.

Ikon Pass

You can access Arapahoe Basin on all types of Ikon Passes. The differences are highlighted below. 

  • Ikon Pass gives unlimited access to 15 resorts and up to 7 days each at 40 ski resorts with no blackout dates throughout the ski season. This pass gives 7 day access to Arapahoe Basin. It is ideal for people who will be skiing at multiple resorts.
  • Ikon Base Pass gives unlimited access to 14 resorts and up to 5 days each at 34 resorts with blackout dates for some resorts. This pass gives 5 day access without blackout dates to Arapahoe Basin. It is cheaper than Ikon Pass so it is ideal for those who do not require access to all Ikon resorts.
  • Ikon Session Pass has the option of 2, 3, or 4 total days of access at 40 resorts, including Arapahoe Basin, with blackout dates. This is ideal for those who want some flexibility in resort access and will be skiing the selected days on the pass at Arapahoe Basin (or other Ikon resorts).

Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective Pass provides 2-day access each to 24 ski resorts across 5 continents with no blackout dates. 

  • Mountain Access: 2 days total at Arapahoe Basin. 
  • Additional Benefits: Half-price for additional days at the Collective resorts and lodging deals.
  • Ideal for: People who want to ski at multiple ski resorts for a short period.

Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Arapahoe Basin ​​Ski and Snowboard School offer 2-Hour Private, Half-Day Group or Private Lessons and Kids Programs.

Arapahoe Basin caters to all skill levels and age groups with various options. Ski and snowboard class lessons and Kids Club programs are available for ages 3 and up, accommodating 4-8 people (fewer for young children). Private lessons are also open to ages 3 and up, accommodating up to 4 people.

Nearest Town to Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is only a 10-minute drive from the town of Keystone River Run Village. It’s an ideal ski town with urban amenities, upscale spas, and diverse dining options. It also provides convenient access to major Colorado ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone.

On Mountain Dining

Below are three top-rated on-mountain dining options in Arapahoe Basin.

6th Alley Bar & Grill

Base-area restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, mountain views, table service, lively bar, and scenic two-story deck.

Opening hours (subject to change): 9 am - 5 pm (Mon-Fri), 8 am - 5 pm (Sat-Sun)

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Black Mountain Lodge

Mid-mountain restaurant featuring house-smoked BBQ, soups and stews, and other delicious favorites. 

Opening hours (subject to change): Bar 9 am - 3 pm | Hot Food 10:30 am - 3 pm

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Steilhang Hut

Steilhang Hut, Arapahoe Basin's newest on-mountain restaurant, is a German-style alpine hut located at the top of Lenawee Park's frontside terrain. Please note that guests must be able to ski or ride at least an intermediate run to get down from the restaurant. 

Opening hours (subject to change): 10:30 am - 3 pm (Fri-Tue)

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Arapahoe Basin Contact Information

Address: Dillon, CO 80435, United States

Phone number: (888) 272-7246


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there ski packages to Arapahoe Basin?

There are no ski vacation packages to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. That said, there are ski vacation packages to most destination resorts in Colorado.

When is the best time to go skiing in Arapahoe Basin?

February to March is an ideal time to visit A-Basin. With the Arapahoe Basin’s high elevation and north-facing exposure, the snow remains cold and good quality even during spring days.

What amenities are available at Arapahoe Basin?

Arapahoe Basin has basic amenities at its base village. There is a tuning shop on-site, one rental shop, a few dining options, lockers, a ski school, and free parking.

How much does it cost to rent ski equipment at Arapahoe Basin?

The rental cost for skis, boots, poles, and a helmet is $55 per day for adults and $29 per day for children. The price for a snowboard package is the same. Rental equipment must be reserved online in advance. For more detailed information, kindly refer to A-Basin Rentals.