Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

A-Basin, as locals and lovers of the resort call it, exists in the rarefied lore of must-ski destinations for those in the know.  It lays claim to one of the most challenging lift-accessible double-black runs in the country, and offers plentiful ways to come face-to-face with the ski gods, from high-altitude, cliff-lined chutes to bumps to easily accessible extreme backcountry. But its overall mellow vibe and decided lack of interest in keeping up with the ski industry space race keeps the mountain low-frills and very affordable, especially compared to more high-profile Colorado resorts like Aspen and Vail. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew McWilliams/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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