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Anyone been to A Basin yet this season?

post #1 of 14
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I'm going up to Arapahoe Basin Saturday for my first day of skiing this season, and was just curious if anyone had been up there yet and could offer any info. I usually don't get out this early in the season, but I'm not quite as patient this year as I have been the last couple years. In particular I wanted to know if it was rocky enough to warrant just renting a pair of skis there instead of subjecting my own to the punishment.

My expectations are not high at all, I really just want to get in some turns to scratch the itch.  
post #2 of 14
 Its all manmade.  I skied it two weeks ago, so can't comment about the last week, but coverage was quite good.  No rocks.  

Mike
post #3 of 14
 Skied back a couple of weeks ago, felt like a mix of manmade (mostly) and some natural then. was nice, but VERY crowded on the one lift that was working then, 15+ minutes, and that on a Friday AM w/my son.  Now believe they have Norway open and two runs down the gulch to the mid-point.  May be less crowded now that Breck and others are opening.  Like the other posting, felt the snow as fine, no rocks at all on the runs -- didn't worry about my cheap old Salomons. 
post #4 of 14
 Like the others I skied there a couple weeks ago over halloween weekend. It was extremely crowded but the run was well covered. They have since opened up more terrain so it should alleviate the congestion some. Its also supposed to snow some over the weekend so it will add a little more although not much coverage   
post #5 of 14
Skied there the past few weekends. Some manmade, mostly natural.  Open to top; bottom lift from main base and lift to top running.  Long line at bottom. No line at midstation.  One run open from top to midstation, 2+ runs open from midstation to bottom. Not very crowded.  OK early season conditions.  Keystone was better, as it also is open from the top to bottom.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by raspritz View Post

Skied there the past few weekends. Some manmade, mostly natural.  Open to top; bottom lift from main base and lift to top running.  Long line at bottom. No line at midstation.  One run open from top to midstation, 2+ runs open from midstation to bottom. Not very crowded.  OK early season conditions.  Keystone was better, as it also is open from the top to bottom.

Would Keystone be a better bet this weekend? I could hit either A-Basin or Keystone. I don't know why I just assumed A-Basin would be better. I haven't been to either one, so it's hard for me to tell just from the trail map what would be a more enjoyable experience. I figure on crowds regardless, but Keystone does look to have a little more ski-able terrain open.
post #7 of 14
been debating Breck -- Keystone -- A Basin...basin is closer (a little), but both Keystone and Breck looked like more terrain open, and maybe smaller crowds.  If we go for Sunday, first chance to be stuck in traffic between the tunnel and the US40 exit :) Looks like last kids soccer of the year will be snowed out Saturday morning according to channel 9 -- be a good weekend to get the second run on the Summit passes for all. 
post #8 of 14
 Your going through the tunnel but abasin is closer than Keystone? How is that possible?
post #9 of 14
Drive over the pass.
post #10 of 14
yes, pass is typically fine this early, you can look at the pass and traffic before you grab the exit on I70, and make a last second read on how fast traffic is moving up and over.  I also check Channel 9 (NBC local here) website for traffic alerts, or the CO HWY department for news on closures.  IF the tunnel is having issues, likely Loveland pass is too, either don't go at all or bail for someplace like Eldora. 

Not sure it saves on the time by going up and over the pass, obviously I70 and the road up past K'stone both move much faster than US6.  Just like the view and the transition to the parking lot that way
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
The weather's looking pretty nice for this weekend (from a skier's perspective). I definitely appreciate all the info given here, thanks.
post #12 of 14
A- Basin is closer if you go over Loveland Pass. If you through the tunnel, then Keystone is closer. In the meantime you have passed up Loveland Basin. I have skied there the pat 2 Sundays and the crouds have been reasonable, plus they opened Chair 2 today.

Rick H
post #13 of 14
Haven't been back to A-Basin since they opened the upper lift service.  Keystone and Breck both have top-to-base skiing with better beginner choices if that's of interest.  I think both Keystone and Breck expect to expand the number of runs open for Saturday and Sunday.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Haven't been back to A-Basin since they opened the upper lift service.  Keystone and Breck both have top-to-base skiing with better beginner choices if that's of interest.  I think both Keystone and Breck expect to expand the number of runs open for Saturday and Sunday.

Jeezo, just as I finally convinced myself to hit A-Basin, you throw the Keystone might open new terrain curveball at me. I've clearly way overthought this.
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