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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

Arapahoe Basin gets better with age, and after nearly 60 years in business, The Legend, as it is affectionately known, is still going strong.

The ski area has managed to stay true to its down-home tradition while changing with the times. In recent years, the Basin has added a terrain park and snowmaking to stay up to date with the changing ski industry.

But one thing that doesn’t change is the terrain ” mostly above treeline, varied enough to satisfy all ability levels, yet challenging like no other.

The steep Pallavicini area is a playground for experts, while A-Basin’s lower east side offers mellow crusiers for beginners and intermediates.

The famed East Wall looms higher up the mountain. It usually opens in February or March, when the base depth reaches past the half-century mark. Peaking at over 13,000 feet, the wall serves up rock chutes and steep faces as well as powder stashes for those willing to hike to the top.

It’s thrilling terrain that earns its legendary status.

Let’s not forget that A-Basin has the longest ski season in the country, opening in October (now that the snowmaking guns are pumping) and closing after the summer solstice most years. Arapahoe shoots for Fourth of July as a closing date.

Those spring and summer days are part of the ski area’s story as riders and partiers (usually both) alternate runs with burgers and beers at the base of the mountain ” which has come, over the years, to be known as the Beach.

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