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Arapahoe Basin, Keystone

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Arapahoe Basin is an alpine ski area in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, in the White River National Forest of Colorado. Arapahoe Basin is known for its extended season—usually staying open until early June, and sometimes into early July, whereas most other northern ski areas close in early April. Arapahoe Basin is located south of Loveland Pass on U.S. Highway 6 in Summit County.Geography and climateThe Arapahoe Basin East Wall has a summit elevation of 13050ft. It is widely regarded as the highest in-bounds skiable terrain in North America. However, the Telluride Ski Resort boasts Palmyra Peak (13320ft) and Silverton Mountain has terrain up to 13487ft. Due to its high elevation (at tree line) and its mostly north-to-northeast face, the Basin's ski season is much longer than most Colorado resorts. It has been known to stay open until July and opens for the season in mid-October, often making it the first ski area to open in North America.Arapahoe Basin is located just below Loveland Pass and offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide (which it borders) from the lifts. From the top of the East Wall and the North Pole, there are great views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge, Keystone, Montezuma, and Loveland Pass.
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  • Wow! I wanted to go skiing on Memorial Day and A-basin was still open! This was my first visit and I WILL be back. All the locals we so friendly and the party atmosphere was awesome. There are runs fo...  more »
  • This is a locals resort but they are super friendly. The most fun was planning a last minute Memorial Day weekend trip to Breckenridge only to find that three feet of snow fell the week before. Sure, ...  more »
  • A-basin. Yes. You have access to hike any peak, well above 11K ft. The chutes are great. The hike to the peak is gradual, not aggressive. Great Bowl to ski, nice cornices. Continental Divide spot. Ski...  more »