Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Snowboarding

The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Colorado.

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West of Denver near Loveland, the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, or just A-Basin to most locals, has 109 runs spread over 960 acres that are served by 6 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,270 feet. While most consider A-Basin to be pretty basic, but the vistas along the Continental Divide are stunning. For expert snowboarding, check out the East and West walls and the Rock Garden off the Pallavicini Lift. Also off the Pallavicini Lift, there is an extreme run called Gauthier. Also, known as 5th Avenue, the Gauthier is a steep gully with a 46 degree drop running along the western boundary. To reach the run from the top of the Pallavinci Lift, traverse skier left along the Pali cornice and start down 4th Avenue and stay left.

The new lift out of Montezuma Bowl allows for 4 new backcountry access points: Thurmans Bowl, The Beavers, The Rock Pile, and Montezuma Road (near the base of the new lift).

To reach the snowboarding at A-Basin from Denver, head west on US70 for about 50 miles. Follow the signs to the ski area, which is before the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Overall, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Arapahoe Basin Ski Area including Breckenridge Ski Resort, Winter Park Resort, Keystone Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area.

A-Basin (CO/US)

A-Basin (CO/US)

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Ski Map



Local Contact(s):  A-Basin Ski Area (970) 468-0718

Recommended Book:  "Snowboard Resort Guide 2016" from Chris Gill

Best Season:  Dec. - June

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Arapahoe Inn

Luxury Loding:  Lodge & Spa, Breck (800) 221-1091

Breakfast Restaurant:  Pika Bagel; Paintbrush Cafe; Clint's Coffeehouse.

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  39.598, -105.9

Date Published:  3/4/2016

Date Updated:  12/15/2017

ID:  10869

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Snowboarding Map