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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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  • Am over 60 and this is still my favorite place to ski. Never miss at least one day at the Legend every ski trip to Colorado. Over the years they have expanded the terrain with the Montezuma Bowl and a...  more »
  • Lots of Different Terrain lots of snow open 9 Months a year try to ski here during the week as Everyone from Denver is here on the weekend  more »
  • This is still one of the greatest values there is. Prices are reasonable and the place is fantastic! Service, quality of runs, views, etc. are as good as anywhere, yet still feels like the family-run ...  more »