Open Road Endless Stoke – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
This article was produced in partnership with Ikon Pass, which encourages you to own the stoke across Colorado’s other iconic resorts, including Winter Park, Steamboat, Eldora and more.
Standing as the highest lift-served terrain in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin is another Summit County classic that boasts a unique, celebrated independence and a character that stands alone.
Featuring a summit elevation of 13,050 ft, there are plenty of cornices, gullies, blacks, blues, and bowls to explore before joining the afternoon parking lot session at A-Basin’s famed snow beach. An icon all its own, the snow beach is a celebratory experience where the day’s runs are discussed, debated, and championed. And, with the longest ski season in Colorado, from first chair to tailgate, first day until season’s close, Arapahoe Basin unlocks more steeps, more deeps, and more days to seek out that perfect line.
On the Road Near Arapahoe Basin
St. Mary’s Glacier
Carve out a stop at just outside of Idaho Springs, at St. Mary’s Glacier. At only 1.5 miles to the top, and well-traveled even through the winter months, this short trip is one that can accommodate almost all adventuring parties. Make sure to pack the camera as the landscape can be stunning in the winter. Other necessities include appropriate clothing and either snowshoes or microspikes. And, if someone in your crew is willing to pack a lightweight sled, the trip down the glacier becomes infinitely more fun.
Take It Uphill At A-Basin
For a small seasonal fee, skiers and riders can safely explore the reality of uphill travel. With gear in hand, this one-time fee will allow uphill access to the eastern edge of High Noon, between the Base Area and Black Mountain Lodge. Before and after operational hours, this jaunt also allows adventuring canines to tag along.
Stay Ready For Stoke
Across the Rocky Mountains and beyond, with destinations coast-to-coast, now is the time to call the crew and plan out your season of stoke. With of endless adventure at Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora Mountain resort, winter 21/22 is yours to own.