Skiing in Arapahoe Basin, Idaho Springs, Colorado USA

Average Snowfall:
350 in/889 cm
Vertical Rise:
2270 ft/691.9 m
Base Elevation:
10780 ft/3286 m
Top Elevation:
13050 ft/3978 m
Signature trail:
Berthoud Pass is located between Idaho Springs and Winter Park and is one of the closest areas in Denver for skiing. It belongs to Boulder County and is just an hour away.

The top of the pass is at 11307 ft/3446 m and has access to a wide array of backcountry stashes. Arapahoe Basin is located at 68 mi/109.4 km west of Denver, in Summit County and it is one popular ski destination with average snowfall of 350 in/889 cm.

The half of the mountain is above timberline with an open bowl skiing during spring and early summer. One of its signature runs is Pallavicini, which is one of the longest and steepest trails in Colorado. Vertical rise is at 2270 ft/691.9 m. Base elevation is at 10780 ft/3286 m and top elevation is at 13050 ft/3978 m.

The spot provides 109 trails and the longest run covers 1.5 mi/2.4 km. The spot’s skiable acres are 960/3.88 km² and snowmaking acres are about 125/0.50 km². Available lifts include 1 high speed quad chairlift, 1 quad chairlift, 1 triple chairlift, three double chairlifts and 2 conveyor lifts. Lift capacity is 10700 passengers/hour. Terrains are 10% for beginners, 30% for intermediate, 37% for advanced and 23% for expert skiers.

How to Get to Destination

63.8 mi / 102.6 km, 1 hr 16 mins
The resort is a 96 mile drive west from Denver International Airport via I-70 west. Take I-70 west to Silverthorne (exit 205), then travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, choose the 68 mile scenic route from Denver by taking I-70 west to Loveland Pass (exit 216), then proceed west on U.S. Highway 6 for 8 miles.
BY CAR FROM Colorado Springs
131 mi / 210.8 km, 2 hrs 12 mins
The 115 mile trip follows I-25 north to C-470 west, then take I-70, and west to Silverthorne (exit 205), then travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, take the scenic route via U.S. Highway 24 west to Colorado Highway 9 north, turn right onto Swan Mountain Road and right again onto U.S. Highway 6, then venture east for 8 miles.
Denver International Airport,
87 mi / 140 km

Take any Amtrak train from anywhere in Colorado. For fares, tickets and schedules check the website.


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