Guidebook

Train Like a Local: In-Bounds Ski Tours at A-Basin

Earn your turns on Arapahoe Basin’s legendary ski terrain.

Jesse Weber

Description

Arapahoe Basin is legendary for its expert terrain and long ski season. Not only that, the resort accommodates uphill access, making it one of the top destinations in Colorado for resort ski touring. Even with the road-shuttle backcountry lines of Loveland Pass nearby, A-Basin beckons anyone willing to earn their turns. If you can allow yourself to settle for an in-bounds tour, you’ll enjoy a relaxed approach on groomers to just about any kind of run you want to ski. From corduroy highways to cornice drops, you’ll find quite the variety and some truly expert runs just on A-Basin’s frontside. This mountain is home to a thriving uphill scene all winter and spring because the locals know where to get the best bang for their buck. Almost anytime throughout the ski season, and regardless of conditions in the backcountry, you can be sure to get a solid tour at Arapahoe Basin.

A-Basin requires an uphill pass for access, and though there are certain limitations, morning and evening uphillers have a lot of freedom on the mountain. With the pass, you can skin up any frontside green or blue runs outside of operating hours, and have your choice of descent. Even during operating hours you can go up one designated route. See the resort’s Uphill Access page for policies and more information. In this guidebook, you’ll see the daytime up-track plus some suggestions for off-hours uphill. You’ll also see some of the best runs for possible descents. Keep in mind that runs may close for maintenance or any other reason, so what’s available will depend on the day that you’re there. Pay attention to signage when you arrive, and be sure to get your uphill pass in advance. Then once you’re at the mountain, use this map to navigate your ideal tour around The Legend, Arapahoe Basin.

High Noon Uphill Access
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

High Noon Uphill Access

Arapahoe Basin
0.9 km
205 m
0 m
20 °
The route for skinning uphill during open hours at Arapahoe Basin.
Moderate
Private
A-Basin Summit: Ramrod to Lenawee Uphill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

A-Basin Summit: Ramrod to Lenawee Uphill

Arapahoe Basin
2.4 km
492 m
0 m
20 °
One possible route for skinning to the top of Arapahoe Basin resort.
Moderate
Private
Pali Uphill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Pali Uphill

Arapahoe Basin
1.8 km
391 m
1 m
24 °
Uphill access to the steepest stuff on A-Basin’s frontside.
Difficult
Private
Wrangler

Wrangler

Arapahoe Basin
1.5 km
206 m
14 °
--
Green (Easy)
Private
Sundance

Sundance

Arapahoe Basin
1.0 km
210 m
17 °
--
Green (Easy)
Private
Exhibition

Exhibition

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
182 m
28 °
--
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Lenawee Face

Lenawee Face

Arapahoe Basin
0.4 km
105 m
19 °
--
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Dragon

Dragon

Arapahoe Basin
0.9 km
208 m
28 °
---
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Dercum's Gulch

Dercum's Gulch

Arapahoe Basin
1.1 km
173 m
16 °
---
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Norway Face

Norway Face

Arapahoe Basin
0.4 km
139 m
26 °
--
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Cornice Run

Cornice Run

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
122 m
18 °
--
Green (Easy)
Private
King Cornice

King Cornice

Arapahoe Basin
0.3 km
125 m
31 °
--
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
West Wall

West Wall

Arapahoe Basin
0.2 km
75 m
30 °
--
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Powder Keg

Powder Keg

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
154 m
33 °
--
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Grizzly Road

Grizzly Road

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
114 m
21 °
--
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Standard

Standard

Arapahoe Basin
0.8 km
318 m
33 °
--
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
International

International

Arapahoe Basin
0.9 km
358 m
34 °
--
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Turbo

Turbo

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
271 m
30 °
--
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Turbo Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Turbo Chute

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

Pali Cornice

Arapahoe Basin
0.6 km
214 m
38 °
--
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Pali Main Street

Pali Main Street

Arapahoe Basin
0.7 km
327 m
34 °
--
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Pali Face

Pali Face

Arapahoe Basin
0.5 km
232 m
36 °
--
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Pali Wog

Pali Wog

Arapahoe Basin
0.7 km
100 m
14 °
--
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private