Guidebook

Ride Like a Local: Best Freeride Lines at A-Basin

Get the off-piste goods at this underrated Colorado resort.

Description

Arapahoe Basin is primarily a locals' mountain, often overlooked by the vacationing crowds because of its small size. But what it lacks in area, it makes up for in terrain. Without the congestion that other Front Range resorts receive, you can take fast laps all day and leave time for exploring the sidecountry, which A-Basin has quite a bit of. Add that to the easy-access backcountry at Loveland Pass next door, and you have an incredible playground for advanced skiers and riders.

What’s even better is that A-Basin has one of the longest average seasons in Colorado, thanks to reliable snowpack and a primarily north-facing aspect. Powder days are common from November through May, so your chances of fresh tracks are always high. If you seek the bigger lines, come in late March or later, when the snowpack is more likely to be stable. These freeride lines promise something good in any conditions, however, because they include a bit of everything: low-angle bowls with natural terrain features, backwoods powder caches, and of course, the steeps.

The Steep Gullies
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Steep Gullies

Arapahoe Basin
470 m
43 °
NE
9 m
1.1 km
Frequently accessed gladed run out of the resort gate
Moderate
Private
Turbo Chute
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Turbo Chute

Arapahoe Basin
134 m
36 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
nice steep chute off the main Piste Trail Turbo
Severe
Private
Land of the Giants
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Land of the Giants

Arapahoe Basin
197 m
27 °
NW
0 m
0.7 km
Fun low angled rocky terrain
Moderate
Private
North Pole
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North Pole

Arapahoe Basin
181 m
40 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Fun and challenging line down to the east wall
Difficult
Private
Willy's Wide Staircase
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Willy's Wide Staircase

Arapahoe Basin
164 m
40 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
Steep bootpack up from inbounds
Difficult
Private
Corner Chute
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Corner Chute

Arapahoe Basin
237 m
45 °
NW
0 m
0.4 km
Nice steep less skied option on East Wall
Severe
Private
Lower East Wall
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Lower East Wall

Arapahoe Basin
130 m
36 °
W
0 m
0.4 km
Nice open bowl
Moderate
Private
Tree Chutes
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Tree Chutes

Arapahoe Basin
0 m
44 °
W
123 m
0.2 km
Nice steep short line off of East Wall
Difficult
Private