As with Summit County’s other spectacular mountain towns, there is no shortage of Arapahoe Basin things to do. From its lofty summit at 13,050 feet above sea level, views of The Continental Divide and beyond are spectacular, and placing oneself into that viewfinder is the mission of most A-Basin guests. While there maybe be some cross-country skiers and a ski biker or two, Arapahoe Basin things to do are mainly comprised of some pretty radical, steep alpine skiing and snowboarding. Referred to as The Legend, Arapahoe Basin is a day ski area where locals convene for adventure and camaraderie before plunging down 30 degree vertical chutes. Many riders will head to the East Wall, which opens in January or when the base at mid-mountain is 60 inches or more. Known for its hiking terrain, the East Wall is the land parcel that makes A-Basin the highest skiable area in North America. In addition to its well-known steeps, a new Kids Center and an active Kids Club Arapahoe enables children as young as 3 to learn to ski and ride. The Molly Hogan surface carpet lift transports beginners to safe and easy trails where youngsters can explore the snow sports they will soon come to love. The Xtreme Teen program is the place to drop off those adventurous members of your brood to experience some of the coolest on-mountain instructors anywhere.
Sustainable Arapahoe Basin Things to Do
Among the many Arapahoe Basin things to do is to be a good steward of the environment, and transportation is a key part of this initiative. As a day ski area, the parking lots around A-Basin fill up quickly (and are named by your likely arrival time: Early Riser, High Noon and Last Chance). A few spots in the Early Riser Lot are reserved for carpoolers with three or more passengers. Parties of four or more in a single vehicle can earn discounted lift tickets. Guests are also encouraged to travel to A-Basin using Summit County’s Free Summit Stage bus service via the Swan Flyer route. Active recycling, food composting, waste reduction, reusable tableware and cutlery and airless snowmaking are among A-Basin’s environmentally friendly efforts. You may not even notice you’re participating! The Snow Huggers Club, with its $20 annual membership, nets discounts on lift tickets and provides funding to High Country Conservation Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about sustainability.