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Skiing, Snowboarding

Changes at Arapahoe Basin

A-basin gets a lot of surprise powder days while the crowds stay at Breck and Vail

My favorite Summit County ski area, A-Basin, has announced its new Double Down 2-Season Pass for $499 which gets you a pass for this season and next and locks in the price of the pass even if prices go up next year. The one-season pass costs $299.

Additionally, A-Basin has announced plans to construct a new lift and open 412 acres of terrain immediately west of the sacred Pali terrain.

This is currently a backcountry area called the Beavers that is accessed from the ski area via backcountry access gates.

This new lift and terrain will transform A-Basin dramatically and add another layer of fantastic terrain. Best of all, A-Basin hasn’t expressed any interest in building mega-condo complexes, hotels or real estate – it’s all about the skiing at A-Basin. Even with this new lift and terrain, I don’t expect crowds to increase with so many other ski areas nearby. More people will still go to Breck, Keystone and Vail. It’s predictable: when Vail reports a foot of new snow and A-Basin reports six, the masses flock to Vail.

A-Basin’s proposed terrain expansion offers a big bowl, steep chutes and glades. A-Basin is also discussing a new T-bar to access areas of Montezuma Bowl from the top of the Lenawee chair. More info as it’s available will be available here.

The Beavers terrain is located west of the existing in-bounds terrain at A-Basin

A-Basin’s master upgrade plan. The new proposed lift and terrain are located bottom-center

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