ARAPAHOE BASIN RESORT GUIDE
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Arapahoe Basin Resort Overview
You know something big is about to happen when you see signs warning that cars parked on the side of the desolate mountain road you're driving up will be towed. You're approaching Arapahoe Basin (known as A-Basin or the "Legend"). This is the resort that left the Epic pass because it was reaching overcapacity. If you think parking at A-Basin is the hardest thing, try skiing down the 46% pitch on 5th Alley. A-basin is not for the faint-hearted - no late morning starts, no ski in ski out and definitely no night life. The Legend is all about skiing and that it takes very seriously. It's one of the first Colorado resorts to open and last to close (we skied July 4th in 2019), 73% of its terrain is marked difficult (49%) to extreme (24%) and hiking up in search of the best lines is a given. Yet, anyone who loves this sport should visit the "Legend" at least once to see how skiing used to be before mega-development became standard. Plus, it's close enough to other great resorts that if intermediate or beginner skiers tire of the adequate, but limited slopes, they can opt out and easily explore other great resorts, like Keystone (10 minutes away). A-Basin offers 5 or 7 days on the Ikon Pass or 2 or 3 days on the Mountain Collective.
Pass Summary: A-Basin offers great deals for season pass holders, including incredible value for mid-week skiing and specialty groups - seniors, college students, and kids. Subject to availablity.
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