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Expansion At Arapahoe Basin Gets OK

Expansion At Arapahoe Basin Gets OK

There will be more powder to hit after expansion into The Beavers at Arapahoe Basin (Arapahoe Basin/Facebook)

Anyone who has gazed longingly through the ropes at The Beavers area but couldn’t handle the hike out can celebrate, as the Forest Service has given Arapahoe Basin the go-ahead for a major expansion.

The project, which should begin next summer, includes a chairlift up the rugged Beavers area, a new chair for the classic moguls of Pallavicini and a quad for beginners at the base.

It will also let A-Basin patrol and control the 338 acres of previously out-of-boundary terrain that sits within the bounds of the resort’s permit with the U.S. Forest Service. Managing avalanche control in the area has been a wished-for priority for A-Basin mountain managers – but not allowed since The Beavers has been backcountry skiing and ‘boarding only until now.

“The decision will enhance both the winter and summer recreation opportunities at A-Basin,” White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said in a statement. “Lift replacements and grading will improve the quality of experience for skiers and snowboarders. Additionally, the summer aerial activity will reach a wide audience and provide experiences for an increasingly diverse recreating public.”

Colorado backcountry diehards have been hittin’ the pow’ on The Beavers for a long time. According to resort officials, some 15,000 people ski and ride in there every season, gaining access from the top of Norway chair. The open pitches of upper Beaver Bowl lead into a spruce forest gouged by the gnarly Steep Gullies.

The expansion is the first at the Continental Divide mountain since 2007, when the resort opened up some 400 acres in Montezuma Bowl on the backside.

The map shows new terrain at Arapahoe Basin that is over the ridge from Pallavicini steeps (U.S. Forest Service graphic)

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