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Arapahoe  Basin’s Montezuma Bowl became one of the most exciting expansions in the state  last year.
Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl became one of the most exciting expansions in the state last year.
Arapahoe Basin
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — Long known as a purist paradise, A-Basin is about skiing and riding – not real estate. Families like the uber-casual atmosphere and un-crowded slopes near the base of the mountain, and it’s extreme vistas makes it a special day trip for those spending a week or two at Keystone, Copper Mountain, or Breckenridge, nearby. It’s the expert skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers, however, who provide the core of A-Basin’s spirit, as some of the most challenging terrain in the state can be found along Montezuma, the East Wall, or bumping down the terrain under the legendary Pallavicini lift.

Fun Fact: A-Basin’s original trail layout was designed by USFS Ranger Wilfred “Slim” David

Average annual snowfall: 350+ inches

Prices: TBD

Skiable Acres: 900

Lifts: 1 quad, 2 triples, 3 doubles, 1 surface

Terrain park: Yes (small)

Season: October to June (depending on weather)

Terrain breakdown: 10 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 37 percent advanced, 23 percent expert

Location: 12 miles east of Silverthorne on Highway 6

Information: or (888) ARAPAHOE (272-7246)



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