For those in the know, A-Basin is a hidden Colorado Gem and one of the few Colorado destination points for avid high alpine skiers wanting to ride the 50+ degree steeps. To me, this is one of Colorado's finest, similar to Taos Mountain (one of my favs).
As a certified PSIA skier, my training allowed me to jam hard on everything the mountain's terrain had to throw at me. Hop turns, hour glass shapes and moguls were the order of the day. There is always a sense of awe gazing out on a landscape from 12,000 plus feet up.
The views, the ponderosa pines, the snow fields, ravens & hawks all speak in a silent kind of way; observing from the ultimate observer point of view.
I love skiing the January-February season. There is always a hefty base interspersed with big drops of snow and low population density on the slopes.
A-Basin (Arapahoe Basin) is located in Summit County, Colorado with a skiing season reaching well into the June and at times July months. It is known as the Legend and in 1946 was one of the first ski areas to open in Colorado.
I usually stay in Georgetown which is an old historic mountain village and ski Loveland and A-Basin. My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Chateuax De Chamonix. Amazing 10 bed room boutique French provincial hotel. We stayed in the creek side room complete with fireplace, mountain view and full on running creek to go to sleep by.
They also had a hot tub with a view of the valley as well as in room euro style continental breakfast. The price was 1/4 of what you would pay in Vail or Beaver Creek with the same amount of excellent service and rooms. For those that like the true Colorado ski experience complete with a hot spring soak, Indian Hot Springs is right down the road in the town of Idaho Springs. They have some pretty cool carved out underground hot springs caves you can soak in.
To reach the Basin from Georgetown, take Loveland Pass which is an amazing 30 minute drive thru snow capped mountains across the continental divide. The road then opens out into the A-Basin ski area, a truly beautiful sight.
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