Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation
A-Basin is a great place for kids and families to learn in a beautiful, laid-back setting. The single base area is simple to navigate; get your rental equipment, have your lesson and enjoy lunch all in one location. Also in the base area is a dedicated Kids Center that’s all about providing the best possible experience for your little ones. And if you have four or more people in your car, you get FREE priority parking adjacent the lifts, learning area and main buildings.
A-Basin features two kid- and first-timer-friendly learning areas, with two magic carpets and a slow, double-chair lift to practice for the full mountain. Gracie’s Grove is a small glade area where kids can learn how to navigate through trees. Class sizes are small and the full-mountain lift ticket included with all lessons means you can go exploring. When it’s break time, head to the second floor of the A-Frame (primary base-area building) to hang out in the kids play area.
Options for families to learn together include the FLEX 4 Discounted Lesson Pack that includes four transferrable lessons; or private lessons for up to four people. Youth ages 6-14 can get two, free ski days plus a half-price lesson. Not sure if your prodigy will love skiing or riding? Sign them up for A-Basin’s Free 2 Ski pass and let them try. Kids 5 and under get a free season pass.
Adult lift ticket prices?
Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for kids of all ability levels, age 3 and up. Prices for half-day start at $160. Full-day lessons include lunch; all lessons include a lift ticket. Pre-school aged learners are guaranteed small class sizes of no more than 4 kids per instructor.
A-Basin also offers several, multi-day kids ski and ride programs for ages 3-16 taking place from January through March. Kids Club Arapahoe, Lil’ Kids Club and XTreme Teen are 4-8-week programs for all ability levels designed to transform your child’s skills on the mountain at their own pace. Groups are divided by age and ability level and students keep the same instructor throughout the program.
While you’re at A-Basin, you can enjoy a scenic lift ride to and from Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain if you’re not comfortable skiing or riding. Enjoy brunch or lunch while rubbing elbows with the longtime locals in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, the base-area restaurant.
A-Basin is very near to the towns of Summit County, where visitors can enjoy snow tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and other off-mountain family activities.
Arapahoe Basin is serviced by the FREE Summit Stage countywide bus via the Swan Mountain Flyer route. During peak winter months, A-Basin will also be serviced by the pay-to-ride “Snowstang,” a public bus service to and from downtown Denver.
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*Note: Information and prices are subject to change and most resorts offer discounted rates if you purchase online seven days in advance. Many resorts do not publish a set lift ticket price. When compiling our list, we used the date Saturday, January 8, 2022 as our base to compare prices. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.