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Arapahoe Basin
Location: Colorado, USA
Nearest city: Keystone, Colorado
Coordinates: 39°38′30″N, 105°52′18″W
Top elevation: 13050 ft (3978 m)
Base elevation: 10780 ft (3286 m)
Skiable area: 490 acres(1.98 km²)
Runs: 69
Longest run: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Lift system: 6 total (2 triple, 3 double, 1 surface)
Terrain parks: 1
Snowfall: 367 in/year (9.32 m/year)
Web site: http://arapahoebasin.com

Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin or simply, the Basin) is a renowned ski area for alpine skiing high in the Colorado Rockies. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Keystone is a census-designated place located in Summit County, Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... This article is about the unit of measure known as the acre. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... KM, Km, or km may stand for: Khmer language (ISO 639 alpha-2, km) Kilometre Kinemantra Meditation Knowledge management KM programming language KM Culture, Korean Movie Maker. ... A chairlift A chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains jumps and half-pipes that allow snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. ... This page is about the form of precipitation. ... IN or in may stand for: India ISO country code Indiana state code Indium In symbol for the chemical element Intelligent network a telecommunications architecture Car designation for Ingolstadt Inch In Nomine Look up IN in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... Look up M, m in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Rocky Mountain National Park (photo courtesy of NPS) View of Colorado Rockies. ...

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Geography and Climate

The A-Basin east wall has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet (3977m), making it the highest skiable terrain in North America. Due to its high altitude (at treeline) and its mostly north to northeast face, the Basin remains open for skiing much longer than most Colorado resorts, and often starts earlier as well. It sometimes stays open until July. A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum. ... In this view of an alpine tree-line, the distant line looks particularly sharp. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ...


A-Basin is located just below Loveland Pass. It therefore offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide (which it borders) from the lifts. A spring day at Loveland Pass Note: This article title may be easily confused with Loveland, Colorado, also in Colorado. ... A continental divide is a line of elevated terrain which forms a border between two watersheds such that water falling on one side of the line eventually travels to one ocean or body of water, and water on the other side travels to another, generally on the opposite side of...


Local Popularity

Located about 65 miles west of Denver, Arapahoe Basin is more convenient to local skiers than most Colorado ski resorts, although both Loveland and Eldora are somewhat closer, at 53 and 45 miles respectively. All three of these ski areas primarily serve local skiers, in contrast to the more distant resorts such as Aspen and Vail. This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... A convenience is a luxury that is intended to save a consumer time or frustration. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... The Loveland Ski Area is one of Colorados highest ski areas, located in the Arapahoe National Forest 53 miles west of Denver. ... Eldora ski area is located in Boulder County, Colorado near the town of Nederland and is one of the closest ski areas to the Denver metro area. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... View south along Galena Street in downtown Aspen. ... There is also a place named Vail in Arizona. ...


About 250,000 skiers visit A-Basin annually. Known popularly as "the Basin" by locals, it has gained a reputation as a skier's paradise, although it is also known for its particularly cold days. During the warm and sunny spring season, many locals tailgate in a section of the parking lot (known as the "beach") just below the lifts. The references in this article would be clearer with a different style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... A tailgate party at the 2005 Big 12 Championship game - note the pickup truck tailgates In North America, a tailgate party is an often celebratory social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. ... Parking lot showing diagonal parking pattern designed for one-way traffic. ... The Beach in Calella, Spain. ...


Ski area information

A-Basin has two 'lodges'. At the base is a full cafeteria, bar, and coffee bar. There is also a grill outside for warm days. At the peak of the Norway and Lenawee lifts is the Snow Plume refuge, a warming hut that sells drinks, snacks, and hot soup.


Only the Exhibition and Molly Hogan lifts service easy runs. The Molly Hogan is a slow lift running over the bunny slope, for use by those just learning to ski. Exhibition services greens, blues, and two blacks: one named for the lift, and The Gulch which runs parallel to Exhibition. The aptly named Exhibition run features bumps, steep terrain, and a fair number of jumps. The Palavacini lift services mostly black and double black terrain on the west side of the mountain, though it is possible to take some difficult blues back to the base. The Lenawee and Norway lifts take skiers to the top of the mountain, where they can access blues, blacks, and the East Wall. Opposite of the East Wall there is a blue called Cornice Run where skiers can take leaps from windblown cornices, though sometimes visibility can be a deterrent.


The East Wall contains the most difficult terrain at A-Basin. A hike of approximately 30 minutes will take you to the North Pole, where a very steep descent through rocky terrain over avalanche-blasted territory takes you down to the East Wall traverse. Most of the terrain above the traverse is prone to avalanches and is regularly blasted by the ski patrol before they declare the wall open. The traverse is quite long and accesses a lot of difficult-to-reach territory, leaving prime snow conditions available for those willing to make the trek.


History

Max and Edna Dercum started the Arapahoe Basin ski area along with the Ski Tip Lodge in the 1940s. Since then it has expanded to include over 60 trails served by 5 lifts. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... A chairlift A chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ...


On May 20, 2005, a skier was killed in an avalanche within the ski area at A-Basin. Although avalanche deaths are not uncommon for skiers ranging out of bounds, this was the first avalanche fatality in Colorado within a ski area since January 9, 1975, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.[1] May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An avalanche is a very large slide of snow (or rock) down a mountainside, caused when a buildup of snow is released down a slope, and is one of the major dangers faced in the mountains. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


A-Basin became the first ski resort in the USA to open for the 2006-2007 ski season when it opened one lift, one run, and its terrain park on October 13. It was the first time in seven seasons that nearby Loveland ski area was not the first ski area open in the United States.[2] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Loveland Ski Area is one of Colorados highest ski areas, located in the Arapahoe National Forest 53 miles west of Denver. ...


Statistics

The base of Arapahoe Basin on October 29, 2004
The base of Arapahoe Basin on October 29, 2004
The renowned East Wall of Arapahoe Basin. At the time this photo was taken, the slope was closed, as evidenced by the lack of tracks.
The renowned East Wall of Arapahoe Basin. At the time this photo was taken, the slope was closed, as evidenced by the lack of tracks.

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Elevation

  • Base: 10,780 ft
  • Summit: 13,050 ft
  • Vertical Rise: 2,270 ft

Trails

  • Skiable Area: 490 acres
  • Trails: 69 total (15% beginner, 45% intermediate, 20% advanced, 20% expert)
  • Longest Run: 1.5 miles
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 367 inches

Lifts

  • 6 total
    • 2 triple chairs
    • 3 double chairs
    • 1 conveyor lift

References

  1. ^ Nicole Formosa (May 21, 2005). "Inbounds avalanche at A-Basin kills one". Vail Daily, page A3.
  2. ^ "A-Basin opens with man-made snow" Rocky Mountain News October 13, 2006

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Arapahoe Basin: Information from Answers.com (730 words)
Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin or simply, the Basin) is a renowned ski area for alpine skiing high in the Colorado Rockies.
Known popularly as "the Basin" by locals, it has gained a reputation as a skier's paradise, although it is also known for its particularly cold days.
A-Basin became the first ski resort to open for the 2006 ski season when it opened one lift, one run, and its terrain park on October 13.
Arapahoe Basin Will Closing Day Opening Date (592 words)
Although legendary Arapahoe Basin does offer two lodges, one at main base and one at the top of the Norway and Lenawee lifts, they are somewhat barebones compared to some of the more luxurious ski resorts one can find in Colorado.
Arapahoe Basin is a legend for its skiing, not its luxurious lodges.
With several easygoing bunny slopes Arapahoe Basin is a definitely a place for beginners, but it is on the more advanced slopes that the legendary Arapahoe Basin really shines.
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