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Arapahoe Basin, Keystone

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • Great place to ski or snowboard. Great place for children's lessons - surprisingly. Our only complaint is the run time to lift time ratio. You spend way more time on the lift and the runs are short. P...  read more »
  • This is one of my favorite places in Colorado to hike when the summer is winding down and fall is just beginning to show its colors. The views from the trails at this ski area of the peaks near and fa...  read more »
  • A Basin reminds me of my favorite Utah areas, laid back, great skiing, unpretentious. Although it has a challenging reputation, even beginners can find ski-able terrain. 
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