Ski Colorado: Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) and Keystone
Ski Colorado for stellar skiing and awesome mountain towns!
Arapahoe Basin or A-Basin for short is not a typical Colorado Ski Resort, it is more of a local ski area with not too many frills but lots of killer runs!
Keystone has almost 50% runs rated black or double black diamond for pure diehards.
Are your skis packed yet?
Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your next adventure ski vacation to Colorado:
Where to Go:
Keystone or Dillon, Colorado
When to Go:
Recommendation: Spring Skiing, take advantage of the A-Basin Beach scene.
How long should you stay:
4-7 days is ideal
Where to stay:
VRBO condos in Keystone
Ski Tip Lodge for more upscale lodging
Arapahoe Inn for budget lodging
Recommendation: River Run Village for night life and an easy walk to the Keystone Gondola
Lone Eagle or the Timbers for ski in ski out at Keystone
Ski Runs to Hit:
Keystone – Snowcat service in Independence Bowl (fee) or catch a $5 snowcat to The Outlook
A-Basin – Montezuma Bowl
A51 Terrain Park at Keystone
Night skiing at Keystone
Elk Run at Keystone for great tree skiing
Flying Dutchman is a blue run but it is a fun ungroomed mogul run at Keystone
LaDonte’s Cabin is a perfect rest spot at Keystone
A-Basin – If you hit the right day and there is enough snow – Hike the East-Wall Traverse to the Land of the Giants
And if you are really lucky, you can hike the Upper East Wall and hit some of the extreme runs at A-Basin
The majority of A-Basin is above the tree-line so the whole upper half is one enormous bowl.
A-Basin is not for beginners!
Note: A-Basin is one of the first to open and one of the last to close for the season.
A-Basin typically gets around 350 inches of snow per year.
Apres Ski Activities:
Enjoy cheap whiskey and $2 PBRs at The Goat in Keystone
Drink at The Sixth Alley at The Basin
Note: Order the bacon Bloody Mary!
The Dam Brewery in Dillon
Grab a burger and beer at Moosejaw, a local hang.
Try Snowbiking at Adventure Point at Keystone Mountain
Take a Snowmobile Tour in River Run Village
Snowshoeing at Keystone Nordic Center
Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Ski Colorado information. I am here to help plan your next adventure travel destination.