Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Just Keeps Getting Better and Better
Since 1946, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin - or as the locals call it A-Basin - has offered skiers and snowboarders some of the most challenging terrain found at any ski area in North America. But over the years, numerous expansions off the backside of the 13,050-foot summit have opened up additional terrain opportunities for intermediate skiers and riders.
This past season, A-Basin expanded into the Beavers and Steep Gullies, offering an additional 468 acres of terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers on the west side of the area. The Beavers offers rolling groomed terrain on a pair of trails - Loafer and Davis - and some the best tree skiing found in Colorado on more than 15 named trails. Meanwhile, the Steep Gullies - just like the name implies - offers five steep, rocky lined chutes for those looking for an adventure just off the east shoulder of the Beavers.
The Beavers and Steep Gullies are served by a fixed-grip quad, however, access out of the Steep Gullies does require a hike back to the Pallavicini lift. But according to the January 30th staff comments on the snow report, it’s well worth the extra workout for freshies!
“My opening today was in the Steep Gullies!!! The 1st Steep Gully was incredibly soft thru the gut with the main line allowing for an easy egress across lower Gauthier! For my second lap, I found myself deep in the 5th Steep Gully where there was untouched powder and mushroom tops abound! No one had been there with the recent snows!!! Go get some!!!”
It seems that A-Basin just seems to get better and better. With the longest season in Colorado - usually October through early June - The Legend is “the” place to be for spring skiing too, especially if you’re one of the lucky ones to grab one of the 15 parking spots on The Beach on a sun-splashed spring day. Almost always the last Colorado resort to close, A-Basin’s 10,780-foot base elevation and a mountain that is half above treeline and straddles the Continental Divide typically hold off summer longer than others.
At the end of the day, stick around for après ski in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, and reward your adventures with a classic A-Basin Bacon Bloody Mary.