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Arapahoe Basin Reviews

emjaynie

Skiing Unplugged

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Pros: Small, but huge terrain variety, off-piste, original lodge, no commercialism, mid-mountain sun-bathing, lower mountain "beach"

Cons: Muddy parking lot in spring

A-Basin in always our go-to when returning to Colorado.  Living in Summit County for a few years, we skied everywhere, but A-Basin is our hot fave.   From the Walls and Pallavacini to the gentle runs mid-mountain, and nice wide groomers from mid to lower, it has something to offer everyone.      The lodge is living history.  The mid-mountain cafeteria, barbecue deck and laying back on the deck chairs in the sun with all the peaks looming above you is beautiful.  And the beach down below is almost a reason in and of itself to get there in spring - start early and finish early - take in a couple of refreshing beers out on the snow while you put your...
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Jamesj

This place ROCKS

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Pros: outstanding expert terrain, low key vibe, park close to lifts, moderate prices

Cons: high elevation, exposed, no slopeside lodging

Scenic and steep, A-Basin opened for skiing in 1946 and is deservedly referred to as The Legend. The retro A-Frame base lodge once served as a missile testing facility. The massive interior wood beam framework could withstand a direct hit from a missile or an avalanche. A-Basin is perched on the western flank of the Continental Divide just across from Loveland Pass. The first thing you’ll notice descending from the pass on US Highway 6 is the hike-to extreme terrain of the precipitous 13,000 foot East Wall. It towers over a choice selection of lift served options from corduroy cruisers on the Lenawee and Norway Faces, to world class black diamond bump runs in the Pallavicini trail pod, to...
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ColoradoSkiier2

Best

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Pros: Has hard terrain

Cons: Gets very cold, and very quickly

A-Basin is one of my favorites mountains. It has everything. Never really crowded and if it is doesn't feel like on the slopes. I love the new bowl (which isn't so new anymore). A-basin is a difficult mountain and one that you shouldn't miss if you are in Colorado! 
Rich Larow

Closest to Stowe skiing out West..

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Pros: An awesome mountain with tons of Vertical, cold like VT

Cons: Not much.

This is a great mountain and is what i think closest to east coast weather and terrain types out west. Quality of snow is great overall. Runners up to VT are Angel Fire, Taos, and winter park. 
F2BNG

True Skier's Mountain

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Pros: Challenging Terrain, Old School Vibe

Cons: Lack of Express Lifts

Like the title says, it's a true skier's mountain.  A Basin is right on the divide, so the weather is often windy and snowy, and the light is typically flat.  They pack a lot of good, tough skiing into a relatively small acreage - 70-80% of the terrain on the upper lifts will be challenging to most skiers, and that doesn't even include the extreme areas like the East Wall.  The largely ungroomed blues off the Lenawee and Norway lifts will challenge any solid intermediate, especially if you're used to the immaculately-groomed blue and "black" cruisers of the Midwest and East.  Be sure to pay close attention to the trail signage and numerous ill-defined forks in that...
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river-z

There's no vibe like the A-bay vibe

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Pros: price, terrain, groovy vibe

Cons: smaller, watch out for the sharks

A-Basin is not that big, but its terrain packs a punch.  This is not a mountain for cruising groomers.  This is a mountain for finding your own line through the rocks, trees and rolling terrain.  or over the edge of a cornice.  or down the bumpy steeps of pali.  If Colorado is having a decent snow-year then you can bet the snow is terrific at A-basin, where the elevation and angle keeps the snow soft.  Also, the season pass is one of the cheapest in CO, or anywhere.   I was there a couple days ago in white-out conditions, which is nuts because above treeline the light is so flat your skiing is all reactive, especially on the rolling, ungroomed...
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A Basin

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Pros: Extreme Terrain

Cons: Long lifts, old chairs, WINDY

Meh.  Not all that good.  Much better just down the road.
crowls

Great local mountain makes me feel like home (Aus)

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Pros: Easy to get to if Loveland pass is open, great mix of skiing for all

Cons: No on mountain accommodation, can be hard to get a table to eat at times.

Learned to ski in Australia on short mountains with lots of ice, crud etc.  A Basin reminds of Mt Hotham in Victoria Australia, plenty to offer, lots of enthusiastic locals, great staff and just a good place to ski (much better snow than home).    Parking is easy and most days if you are there by 9am you can park in the lower park.   Was us there last weekend.  2 Lifts and top to bottom skiing on groomed snow.  Mainly hard pack with some sugar on top.      Mid Mountain lodge for food, drink and toilets is handy place to recover ( i am over 50 and need recovery time) as well as meet friends.   Lot's of people and families take up...
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ExWanabe

A nice day trip

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Pros: Steep terrain for CO and great views

Cons: Intermediate terrain is limited and snow coverage can be shoddy

A-basin is one of the first resort along the I-70 corridor from Denver.  It does not attract many out-of-state destination tourists and is more popular with locals.  It cost less and is smaller than the mega-resorts in Colorado.  It has steep terrain that can be accessed by traversing.  The few times I have been there the snow coverage has not been that great, which makes the steeper terrain exposed and un-skiable.  It is a fun place to go for a day trip if you are staying in Denver, or to experience some variety if you are based in the Summit valley area.  Locals also like skiing in the back-country off of Loveland pass, which I thought was better terrain...
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