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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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  • When we visited there was not much snow but it was such an experience to go to the top of the mountain and look out. You really feel like you are up in the mountains. We'll definitely come back when t...  more »
  • This was our first time skiing in Colorado. We choose A-basin and even with not much snow and just one lift open we had great time. We will for sure come back and would love to try all the lifts and t...  more »
  • Too steep and short slope, not for beginners Yes and I was not interested, go one minute and are standing on the lift 20 minutes. Of course this is due to the lack of snow, but it's something that unfortunately was able to catch. A significant plus in relation to Breskenridge and Keystone pretty decent and not that expensive food, huge portions, spent $46 for 4 x and strongly ob'elis'.
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