Best Parking Lot: Arapahoe Basin - Ski Mag

Best Parking Lot: Arapahoe Basin

The liveliest parking-lot scene in all of ski-dom.
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Despite the relegation of late-night partying to a peripheral lot, the liveliest parking-lot scene in all of ski-dom is unquestionably Arapahoe Basin’s Early Riser lot, home of The Beach—a strip of slopeside tailgating insanity that rivals an Oklahoma home-game asphalt jam.

Honorable mentions:

Smugglers’ Notch, VT | Loveland, CO | Mount Sunapee, NH

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