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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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  • I went to Breckenridge the first week of November which was a week before the season opened. Who knew until after we booked the hotel and plane tickets. Plus Colorado was unseasonably warm for that ti...  more »
  • The area has some great slopes. I stayed in Keystone but the shuttle bus made it easy to visit. I'm a snowboarder. 
  • Stopped here on our way to Loveland Pass. Beautiful view and almost everyone was stopping. Located on U.S. Highway 6.