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Why locals love Araphoe Basin Ski Area

The resort is known for having the longest ski season in Colorado; outstanding spring skiing conditions and spring events; free parking in Early Riser, High Noon and Last Chance lots; daily lift ticket discounts for purchasing tickets in advance online at http://www.arapahoebasin.com; affordable snowsports lessons for adults and children ages 3 and up, multi-week programs and on-site rental equipment. This season, A-Basin will upgrade its rental fleet of boots with new Rossignol boots for adult men and women.

Standout Features

• A-Basin's legendary après ski spot, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, got a $1 million facelift over the summer of 2013. The Basin added more table seating (including high tops) and upstairs balcony seating that overlooks the first floor and the new band stage. The bar features 20 beer taps and a rotating selection of Colorado microbrews and domestic favorites. Guests can also enjoy their beverages on The Perch, the second-floor deck on the south end of the A-Frame, which was remodeled to add weather protection without sacrificing the incredible views.

Arapahoe Basin will unveiled a new Kids Center in the spring of 2015. The A-Basin Kids Center is be more than 7,000 square feet and will add to the convenience of the base area. In addition to the amenities the Kids Center will provide for children in the Snowsports lessons and programs, the construction and décor of the building will be in line with the resort's award-winning emphasis on sustainability. The Kids Center will be partially powered by solar energy, and will be decorated in the spirit of A-Basin's on-mountain ecology education displays such as "Ace's Wild Adventure," and trails like Moose Hollow and Lynx Lane, where signage informs guests young and old about the flora and fauna ecosystem on the Continental Divide. Guests can follow the progress of the construction on the A-Basin Facebook page by clicking here: http://bit.ly/abkcphotos. For more information visit http://bit.ly/A-Basin-WhatsNew2015.

Parks

• The High Divide Terrain Park is a progressive park with small to medium features including rails and boxes for intermediate skiers and riders. High Divide is located under the Black Mountain Express Lift above the Exhibition trail during peak season.

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• The Treeline Terrain Park, located on the upper mountain and accessible from Dercum's Gulch, features medium to large jumps, boxes, rails and other freestyle elements. It's the perfect place to take it big at the Basin.

What the locals love

• Arapahoe Basin's location on the Continental Divide allows for breathtaking panoramic views and the longest ski and ride season in Colorado. The folks at the Basin think of it as a unique place where the vibe is all about skiing, riding and enjoying time with friends and family doing what you love. Although there are no lodges, condos or timeshares, Arapahoe Basin stands out from the other 26 resorts in Colorado because of its legendary terrain, including Pallavicini and the East Wall, abundant snowfall, laid-back atmosphere, unique history and rocking springtime festivities.

• From November 30 to December 19, 2014, Arapahoe Basin will offer free skiing and snowboarding for children ages 14 and younger. No strings attached, no adult purchase required — just free skiing for kids any day during that timeframe. All you need to do is bring your child to the ticket window so they can receive their free ticket. In addition to the complimentary child lift ticket, the A-Basin Snowsports School will offer $10 off any half-day class lesson (child or adult) during the same time period.

MOUNTAIN FACTS

Base elevation: 10,780 feet

Summit elevation: 13,050 feet

Vertical drop: 2,270 feet

Skiable acres: 960

Longest run: 1.5 miles

Terrain: 10 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 37 percent advanced, 23 percent expert

Number of lifts: 8

Number of trails: 110

Average snowfall: 350 inches

Season: Mid-October to early June

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, select holidays

Contact: 1-888-ARAPAHOE

Ski school: 1-888-272-7246

Website: http://www.arapahoebasin.com

On mobile phone: m.a-basin.com