Arapahoe Basin Reopens On May 27th For Skiing & Riding

In what could be called one of the most anticipated announcements in skiing and snowboarding, at least in the state of Colorado, Arapahoe Basin has the go-ahead to reopen this coming Wednesday, May 27th.

"It is official. We are going to re-open Wednesday, May 27. As I mentioned a couple days ago, we will sell a very small number of lift tickets. Mostly this opening is for all of our pass holders. That includes A-Basin season passes, Any Day Passes, Ikon Passes and Mountain Collective Passes. We will be open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM." - Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin.

As anticipated, there will be set restrictions and guidelines that will need to be followed by those that would like to visit A-Basin for late-season skiing and riding. These include a limit on the number of people that can visit each day, a required reservation, masks in public areas, and the need to maintain physical or social distancing. 

There will be two different reservation scenarios, depending on a person being a pass holder or not, and each of those has different guidelines as follows:

For Passholders -

  • Arapahoe Basin 2019-20 pass (including full-season, Double-Down, military, senior, youth, child, midweek, and multi-day passes i.e. Elevation and Any-Day)
  • 2019-20 Ikon, Ikon Base and Mountain Collective Passes with remaining A-Basin days
  • Unredeemed A-Basin exchange days on either the 2019-20 Taos Ski Valley or Monarch Mountain passes
  • Summit Foundation Medallions & CSCUSA Gold Coins​
You will be able to make a reservation for a maximum of 2 people in your immediate party up to 36 hours in advance. BOTH people must have valid passes.


You will not be allowed to ski without both your reservation and your pass. If you are party of 2 people, we suggest you print out the confirmation page twice, one for each person.

Please only book if you intend to come. Reservations are limited; do not take a space from someone else if you won’t be skiing or riding.

Day Ticket Reservations -

Arapahoe Basin will pre-sell a limited number of $99 tickets for each day. 

  • The ticket acts as your reservation.
  • You will be able to purchase a maximum of 4 lift tickets.
  • No tickets will be sold on-site or over the phone.
  • There are no discounts or alternatively priced tickets available.
  • Comp (free) tickets will not be accepted for the duration of the 2019-20 season.
  • No refunds, no rainchecks for any reason.
Reservations for pass holders and ticket sales will be available starting tonight, Monday, May 25th at 7:00 P.M. MST. 

The mountain will be running seven days a week until closing day, which has not yet been determined. Lifts will start running at 8:30 A.M. and run until 3 P.M. The parking lots will be closed overnight at 4 P.M. until 7:30 A.M. Arapahoe Basin is asking that guests not arrive at the parking lots prior to 7:30 A.M. 

For those looking for uphill access, it will be available, also beginning on May 27th, between 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. Those participating in uphill activities are being asked to be off the mountain by 8:00 A.M. An Arapahoe Basin uphill access pass is required and needs to be displayed at all times. New uphill access passes are no longer being sold or issued this season.

For full and detailed information on the restrictions that are in place and the links and information needed to make a reservation, please head to the website linked below. From there you will also have access to daily condition reports. As a heads up, there will be springtime conditions each day and beginner skiing and snowboarding are not recommended.

Reopening and Limited Operations

NO RESERVATION, NO ACCESS. A limited number of people will be admitted daily. Do not come if you do not have a pre-booked reservation. There are only two ways to ski / ride A-Basin during this time: pre-book a reservation with a valid pass or purchase a day ticket in advance.

Thumbnail: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area - Credit: Andrew Parnell / CC BY


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