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Arapahoe Basin


p_eastwall_250_266Arapahoe Basin, also known as The Legend, is a Colorado ski resort that is off the beaten path and well deserving of its nickname. Near the I-70 corridor and Loveland Pass, A-Basin is easily accessed from the Denver area but often bypassed by visitors with their sights on the more famous resorts. This leaves the tremendous terrain open for the lucky skiers and riders who know where to go.

Arapahoe Basin is a high alpine ski resort that enjoys 350 inches of snow a year and one of the longest seasons in Colorado. Often open from mid-October and well into May, this ski mountain is a favorite of skiers and riders to want to maximize their season. Arapahoe Basin has its share of groomed green and blue runs for beginners and intermediates, but this is not what draws hardcore locals to the basin year after year. Insane steeps and chutes, unforgiving, thigh burning bumps, and expansive bowls define this mountain. This is Colorado skiing and riding at its purest and best.

On the front side of the mountain, the East Wall is a favorite destination for those seeking a backcountry experience in bounds. A hike or traverse from the top of the Lenawee Mountain Lift gives access to harrowing steeps, narrow, rocky chutes, and lonely glades. This part of the mountain is often the last section to open, but is worth the wait. Topping out at nearly 13,000 feet in elevation, the East Wall and surrounding terrain is a paradise for pushing the limits and making memorable and exciting turns.

Pallavicini is a lift-served area famous for being riddled with bumps and steeps, with a fair share of cliff drops and trees interspersed. Fanatics of mogul skiing will find a plethora of terrain that is sure to challenge and exhaust them. Further, the line for the lift serving this terrain is rarely more than one or two people long.

Several seasons ago, Arapahoe Basin opened the Montezuma Bowl, expanding its terrain by 80%. This 400 acre area on the backside of the mountain features a wide variety of lift-served and hike-to terrain. Intermediate runs are found under the lift, and hiking or traversing the long ridge in either direction gives access to steep chutes, cornices, glades and open bowls. Before dropping into an adrenaline filled descent, take a moment to enjoy the iconic Colorado views from the ridge top. Keystone Ski Resort is visible across the valley, with Breckenridge beyond it and an endless landscape of snow-capped peaks beyond. All contained under the impossibly blue ether of the Colorado sky, this is a moment to be cherished.

Arapahoe Basin is truly legendary. Lift lines of more than 5 minutes are rare while amazing skiing and riding is abundant. Exciting, varied and challenging terrain is at its core, and there is something for everybody. Come challenge yourself at The Legend and discover the pulse of Colorado skiing and riding.


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