Ski Area Details
    A Basin Colorado
    Status
    Open To Public

    Arapahoe Basin is mostly known for advanced and expert terrain, but also has runs for the novice and intermediate skier, as well as a children's program. The Black Mountain Express, Molly Hogan, and Molly's Magic Carpet lifts service easy runs. The Molly Hogan is a slow lift running over the bunny slope, for use by those just learning to ski. Black Mountain Express services greens, blues, and four blacks: one named for the lift, The Gulch which runs parallel to Black Mountain Express, "Lower Standard", and "Lower International" which can be accessed from the standard race traverse.
    The Exhibition run features bumps, steep terrain, and a fair number of jumps. The Pallavicini lift services mostly black and double black terrain on the west side of the mountain, though it is possible to take some difficult blues back to the base. The Pallavicini face itself, a group of very steep and seemingly endless mogul runs, is rated double black diamond extreme. The Lenawee and Norway lifts take skiers to the top of the mountain, where they can access blues, blacks, and the East Wall. Opposite of the East Wall there is a blue called Cornice Run where skiers can take leaps from windblown cornices, though sometimes visibility can be a deterrent. Arapahoe Basin opened Zuma lift during the 2007–2008 season, which services blue, black and double black trails over the backside of Arapahoe Basin in Montezuma Bowl. The largest terrain expansion in the nation for the 2007–2008 season marks an 80% increase in terrain for Arapahoe Basin. Montezuma Bowl offers everything from groomed intermediate runs to advanced cornice runs.
    The East Wall contains the most difficult terrain at Arapahoe Basin. The Lower East Wall is rated black diamond and can be reached without hiking. Open primarily in late winter and spring, the Upper East Wall is rated double black diamond extreme and is only accessible on foot. A hike of approximately 30 minutes will take you to the North Pole, a very steep descent through rocky terrain over avalanche-blasted territory. Along the ridge prior to the North Pole is a group of chutes accessed through notches in the cliff band. One chute actually requires some rock downclimbing to reach skiable snow, an interesting experience in ski boots while holding a pair of skis. These chutes are often only a couple of ski widths wide and require mountaineering skiing ability. Most of the terrain is prone to avalanches and is regularly blasted by the ski patrol before they declare the wall open. The Lower and Upper East Wall is bisected by the East Wall Traverse which is quite long and accesses a lot of difficult-to-reach territory from above and below, leaving prime snow conditions available for those willing to make the trek. The entire East Wall is not groomed and should not be taken lightly since evacuation by the ski patrol in this area is a difficult undertaking.

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    MOUNTAIN STATS

    Summit Elevation
    13,050 ft
    Base Elevation
    10,780 ft
    Annual Snowfall
    350 in
    Acreage
    1428acres
    Night Skiing
    No
    Symbol Trail Name Sort descending Mountain Area Difficulty Score Overall Rating
    13 Cornices 8
    2nd Alley 8
    3rd Alley 8
    4th Alley 8
    Alex The Beavers 6
    Bailey Bros. The Beavers 6
    Bald Spot The Steep Gullies 8
    Beaver Bowl The Beavers 6
    Bierstadt 6
    Black Bear 6
    Cabin Glades 4
    Castor The Beavers 6
    Chisholm Trail 2
    Christmas Trees The Steep Gullies 8
    David's Run 8
    Davis The Beavers 4
    Dercum's Gulch 4
    Digger The Beavers 6
    Dragon 4
    Drummond The Beavers 6
    Durrance 8
    East Avenue 8
    East Gully 4
    East Wall Traverse 8
    East Woods The Beavers 6
    Elephant's Trunk 8
    Elk Meadows 4
    End Zone 8
    Eureka 6
    Face Shot Gully The Beavers 6
    Faculty Club The Beavers 6
    Falcon 6
    Gauthier 8
    Genrty 4
    Gentling's Glade 6
    Glockenspiel Glade The Beavers 6
    Grand Portage The Steep Gullies 8
    Grays 6
    Groswold 8
    Half Moon Glades 6
    Hauk The Beavers 6
    Humbug 4
    Independence 4
    Jaeger The Beavers 6
    Jamie's Face 4
    Janitors Only The Steep Gullies 8
    Jetta The Beavers 6
    Jump 8
    King Cornice 4
    Knolls 4
    Lenawee Face 4
    Lenawee Parks 4
    Lightning Traverse 6
    Lightning Trees 6
    Loafer The Beavers 4
    Log Roll 6
    Long Chute 6
    Lower Beavers Zone The Beavers 6
    Lower Elephant's Trunk 6
    Lynx Lane 4
    Max 8
    Miner's Glade 6
    Montezuma's Revenge 6
    Mountain Goat Traverse 6
    My Chute 8
    Ned's Cache 4
    North Glade 8
    Northern Spy 6
    Norway Face 4
    Norway Mountain Run 4
    Nose 6
    Pali Cornice 8
    Pali Face 8
    Pali Main Street 8
    Pali Wog 6
    Peaceful Valley The Beavers 6
    Pioneer Willy The Beavers 6
    Placer Junction 6
    Powder Keg 6
    Radical 6
    Rollercoaster 8
    Schauffler 8
    Shining Light 4
    Skudder 6
    Slalom Slope 6
    South Chute 6
    Standard 6
    Steep Gullies 1 The Steep Gullies 9
    Steep Gullies 2 The Steep Gullies 8
    Steep Gullies 3 The Steep Gullies 8
    Steep Gullies 4 The Steep Gullies 8
    Steep Gullies 5 The Steep Gullies 8
    Steep Gullies Hike Back Trail The Steep Gullies 8
    TB Glade 4
    The Cellar The Steep Gullies 8
    The Gulch 6
    The Last Waltz The Beavers 6
    The Spine 8
    Thick & Thin The Beavers 6
    Tieze's Claim 6
    Timber Glades 8
    Torreys 6
    Weasel Way 4
    West Gullly 4
    West Turbo 8
    Winning Card 6
    Wrangler 2
    Zuma Cornice 8
    Symbol Lift Name Sort descending Overall Rating Type
    Beavers
    Quad Chair
    Black Mountain Express
    Quad Detachable Chair
    Lenawee Mountain
    Triple Chair
    Molly Hogan
    Double Chair
    Norway
    Double Chair
    Pallavicini
    Double Chair
    Zuma
    Quad Chair
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