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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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  • A Basin is legendary for better snow than anywhere nearby. Lift tickets are relatively cheap, and the parking is abundant and free. Food and drink at the base isn't cheap...until you compare it to eve...  more »
  • Even though it was a super snowy day the Ambassadors were awesome and helpful! They took several of my group skiing and we had a lot of fun! 
  • Came here on Jan 12 after the mountain was shut down for too much snow. Although we arrived about a hour too late for the virgin powder (the pass was closed due to avalanche conditions)the skiing was ...  more »