21. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

A-Basin boasts the longest riding season, the highest ridable terrain, and some of the best snow in all of Colorado: three reasons why this resort is known as “The Legend.” For over 45 years, locals and Denver diehards have traveled up to A-Basin each weekend to ride the uncrowded bowls and steep terrain.

The resort is home to Pallavicini lift, which services one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails. Don’t look for parks and pipes here, A-Basin is primarily for freeriding. Over half the mountain is above timberline, and there is access to excellent backcountry riding. On powder days, the place to be is the vast untracked expanses of the East Wall.

A-Basin is also known for its excellent spring and summer conditions. Unlike other resorts, the snow at A-Basin only seems to get better as the season goes on. Once the weather gets warm, a never-ending party starts at The Beach, located in the base area.

Keep in mind that you can use your Keystone and Breckenridge lift tickets at A-Basin as well. For after-dark accomodations, brew pubs, restaurants, and nightlife, you need to drive or take the free shuttle to nearby Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, and Breckenridge.

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