Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Aurora, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Arapahoe Basin stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Arapahoe Basin is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
Arapahoe Basin is a part of the Mountain Collective network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the Collective.
Arapahoe Basin Lodging:
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Terrain Overview
Arapahoe Basin has a total of 147 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,428 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 578 hectares, 2 square miles, or 6 square kilometers.
Arapahoe Basin's slopes see on average 350 inches (138 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 29 feet a year!
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Elevation
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, or 3,977 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 10,780 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,270 feet (692 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 13,050 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Difficulty Level
75.6out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level
Arapahoe Basin has 1,428 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Seeing as Arapahoe Basin is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 93% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 7% of its skiable acres for the beginners.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort good for beginners?
This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 73% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Location
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Aurora, CO.
Aurora, CO 80011 USA
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Getting to Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.72000, -104.79000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Aurora, CO to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||12 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Arapahoe Basin.
|City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport||COS||Colorado Springs, CO||63 mi|
|Cheyenne Regional Jerry Olson Field||CYS||Cheyenne, WY||99 mi|
|Pueblo Memorial Airport||PUB||Pueblo, CO||100 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort.
|Buttermilk||Larkspur, CO||9,900 ft||47%||34 mi|
|Eldora||Nederland, CO||10,800 ft||48%||44 mi|
|Loveland||Loveland, CO||13,010 ft||63%||50 mi|
|Winter Park||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||72%||52 mi|
|Ski Granby||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||30%||55 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||69%||62 mi|
|Breckenridge||Breckenridge, CO||12,998 ft||82%||68 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,313 ft||66%||76 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||72%||84 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||42%||84 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||62%||93 mi|
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||13,050 ft|
|Base Elevation||10,780 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2,270 ft|
(7% Beginner, 20% Intermediate, 73% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||350 inches|