Spring skiing in Colorado means Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. With one of the longest seasons in North America, skiers and riders can shred well into the summer months when most trade heavy gear for lightweight daypacks and hiking boots. This iconic Colorado resort has a storied history, inspiring terrain, and a character all its own that keep both locals and visitors coming back year after year.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

 

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo Credit: Ashley Ojala.

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Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division legacy lives on at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. In 1946, Larry Jump, a veteran of the 10th and the Second World War scouted and ultimately developed Arapahoe Basin with his co-founder, Max Dercum. Earl Clark, another 10th Mountain Division veteran, moved back to the Denver area after the war and became the first head of ski patrol at A-Basin. Wilfred “Slim” Davis, another 10th veteran, helped design the trail layout.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

In 1946, visitors paid $1.25 to access the mountain. 71 years later, an adult full day ticket costs $92 until April 30 and drops to $76 on May 1.

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A-Basin is known for its advanced and expert ski terrain. The East Wall boasts a top elevation of 13,050 feet, one of the highest in-bounds skiable areas in North America.

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Photo Credit: Dave Camara.

Arapahoe Basin is nationally recognized for its efforts to reduce the resort’s environmental footprint. The ski area has won National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) awards for waste reduction, visual impacts, and water conservation.

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Arapahoe Basin Closing Day June 12, 2016. Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area; Dave Camara.

Celebrate spring on the slope with the annual Shakin’ at the Basin summer concert series and Swimsuit Parade.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Swimsuit Parade, May 2016. Photo Credit: Photo by Dave Camara.

 

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Skier rides in a swimsuit at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in the 1970s. Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

 

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Arapahoe Basin Swimsuit Parade, May 2016. Photo Credit: Dave Camara.

 

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Visitors hang out at the Beach after an a ski day. Photo Credit: Dave Camara.

If you haven’t used the two free ski days for your kids at A-Basin yet this season, now is the time to let them wear their pirate and princess costumes on the slopes. Kids ages 6-12 have two free ski days during the 2016-2017 season, so head on up A-Basin before the snow totally melts away.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on a powder day. Photo Credit: Dave Camara.

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Underway at Arapahoe Basin is a massive terrain expansion that will extend lift-serviced terrain into the Beavers. The over 400-acre expansion will include intermediate terrain, glades, and will incorporate The Steep Gullies into its patrolled area.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area spring fun. Photo Credit: Dave Camara.

Visit Arapahoe Basin for awesome spring slope style and late season turns!

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