Snow Beach parking in late May. Photo: Snow Life
A-Basin Kicks Ass!.. in case you didn't know.
10 reasons why we love Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
#9: IT'S COLORADO!
Go ahead, ski the Sierra, the Wasatch, the Cascades, the Tetons or anywhere in the East and you will be hard pressed to find more consistently good snow conditions. Now we're not here to argue who has the best powder days, we're saying overall, every day snow quality and consistency. The Rockies have altitude and a relatively dry climate, so what snow they get they keep and it usually stays good for a really long time.
#10: THEY ALLOW UPHILL ACCESS!
Many resorts frown on people not using their chairlifts to get up the mountain, and strictly forbid or regulate it. At A-Basin, they're not uptight about it. Just grab a free uphill access pass at the ticket office, observe signs and barriers, and you can be on your way.
Black Mountain Express. Photo: Snow Life
#5: THEY HONOR THE EPIC PASS!
Most folks are familiar with Vail Corp, you know, the company that is taking over the skiing world. Well although Vail Corp cannot own A-Basin due to anti-monopoly laws, they have struck a deal with A-Basin to put them on the Epic Pass. When all the Vail owned resorts are closed, A-Basin is still rolling and provides a great way for folks to extend their season even if A-Basin is not their regular home mountain.
#6: THEY'VE GOT IT ALL!
Moguls, steeps, hike to runs, terrain parks, groomers... you want it, A-Basin has it! With 2,270 feet of vertical spread over 960 acres on 109 named trails, the resort is big enough to explore and have fun for any level of skier or snowboarder.
#7: IT'S PRETTY CHILL!
We don't just mean the cold! A-Basin is one of those good vibe places that doesn't take themselves too seriously. If you're looking for super fancy village life with great shopping and people wearing $5,000 worth of ski gear, A-Basin is not the place for you! A-Basin is chilled out, laid back and relaxed, more of a "Live and let shred" type of place. Just the way we like it!
#8: THE LOCALS ARE FUNKY!
Go to most ski resort towns and immerse yourself into the community, and you will usually find some pretty cool nature loving folks. Although some places are a little funkier than others, and A-Basin's Summit County is one of those places. Living in the mountains requires commitment and passion and those that brave Loveland pass on a storm day to get some freshies are pretty deeply committed to the lifestyle.
#1: ONE OF THE FIRST SKI RESORT TO OPEN IN NORTH AMERICA!
Every October it's a race between A-Basin and Loveland, CO. to see who can be the first resort to open a run. Occasionally Mt. Rose in the Sierra Nevada, or Timberline Lodge in Oregon will benefit from some early season snowfall and make an October opening, but neither has the altitude or snowmaking capacity of A-Basin.
#2: ALWAYS LAST TO CLOSE IN COLORADO!
A-Basin consistently goes daily through Memorial weekend or the first week of June, and often extends another bonus weekend if conditions allow. On a good season, a few Sierra resorts can beat them out into summer, and Timberline Lodge (OR) and Whistler (BC) have year round glacier skiing.
#3: IT'S HIGH, REALLY REALLY HIGH!
At 13,050 feet, A-Basin is one of the highest lift served areas on the continent, and with altitude comes cold, snow, and consistently stable conditions. They don't call it Summit County for nothing!
#4: SNOW BEACH!
The parking area (pictured below), is a great place to for tailgating activities with your friends in between runs with great slope side views and just a short walk back to the chairlift. Unlike other resorts that make you do the long walk through the village first, or park miles away and shuttle in, Snow Beach is front row parking and with the friendly and funky atmosphere there's not other place like it!
The courtyard Mountain Goats. Photo: Snow Life
The summit of Loveland Pass near A-Basin. Photo: Snow Life
These are our top 10 reasons for loving A-Basin, if you can think of more, let us know on Facebook!
A "funky local" arriving on a Spring day at A-Basin. Photo: Snow Life