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A-Basin - Colorado skiing in May

Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin or simply, the Basin) is a renowned ski area for alpine skiing high in the Colorado Rockies.


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. Arapahoe Basin is known for a clientel of hardcore, yet relaxed folks that like to shred. It sometimes stays open until July, though recent management has opted to close the resort earlier despite complaints from locals.


A-Basin is located just below Loveland Pass. It therefore offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide (which it borders) from the lifts. From the top of the East Wall and the North Pole there are great views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge, Keystone, Montezuma and Loveland Pass.


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.


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. (Wikipedia)

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Taken on May 13, 2007