Keystone and A-Basin


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:

Ski Season

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.