Best Arapahoe Basin Snowboarding

The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Colorado.

  Front Range, Colorado, US


  November 30, 2021

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 descent of 2,270 feet. While most consider A-Basin to be pretty basic, but the vistas along the Continental Divide are stunning. The best snowboarding at A-Basin can typically be found during the months of January thru March.

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).

After a long morning of ripping it up, head up to the new Bavarian-style Steilhang Hut for some authentic sausages and strudel. It is located at the intersection fo Lenawee Face and Dercums Gulch.

• Family-friendly ski area.
• Easy access from Denver.
• Good early season snowpack.
• Google hikeable terrain if snow permits.

• Limited base services.
• No base lodging.
• Very crowded on weekends.

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 is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 30 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Arapahoe Basin including Winter Park Resort, Keystone Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area.

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

Best Season:  Dec. - June

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Arapahoe Inn; The Pad Hotel-Hostel, Silverthorne

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

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

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GPS:  39.641636041, -105.87232594

Date Published:  3/4/2016

Date Updated:  11/30/2021

ID:  10869

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