More than 30 New Runs as Colorado Ski Area Grows in Size By Almost a Half

STORY BY Patrick Thorne

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, one of the world’s highest altitude ski area with a season that typically runs from October to June will add 34 new runs over 468 acres for ability levels from intermediate through expert to its Beavers and The Steep Gullies area this winter.

Approximately 339 acres of terrain in The Beavers will be served by a new fixed-grip quad chairlift currently under construction. Terrain in The Beavers will run the gamut from intermediate (blue square) groomed runs to most difficult and extreme (black and double-black diamond) tree skiing.  The runs include two new intermediate groomed runs, Loafer and Davis.

The extreme terrain of The Steep Gullies (129 acres) is for experts only and will be the most challenging skiing at Arapahoe Basin. All skiers using that terrain will be required to hike back to the bottom of the Pallavicini Lift, a hike which takes approximately 20-30 minutes. These steep, narrow chutes vary in pitch and width, and will be rated as “extreme” (double-black diamond).

The new terrain is located to the west of the current ski area boundary and will add about 50% more terrain to the ski area, increasing its total acreage to 1,428 acres upon completion of the project.

 

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