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Finally, A-Basin kids in our Snowsports lessons and programs have a space to call their own - the new A-Basin Kids Center! Located on the west side of the base area, close to the Black Mountain Express lift and Pika Place Learning Area, the three-story, 7100 square-foot, $2.3 million building will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week during the regular Snowsports season. Click the links below to learn more about Kids Center features and how to elevate your child's lesson experience.

New amenities!

Committed to sustainability

  • LED and low-wattage lighting system with occupancy and daylight sensors
  • Ventilation system designed to recover energy normally lost in typical ventilation systems
  • Solar energy: The solar panel atop the Kids Center offsets a majority of the building’s electrical usage and can produce approximately 15 megawatt hours of energy per year. This is the equivalent of the CO2 reduction of planting 260 trees or driving a car that gets 20 mpg about 17,000 miles.
Elevating the guest experience at Arapahoe Basin
  • Designated check-in space for all kids lessons and programs, as well as kids lesson dining space, alleviates crowding in the rental shop and A-Frame
  • Early drop-off for morning lessons starts at 8:00 a.m., allowing parents to maximize their time on the mountain
  • Retail space at check-in to pick up any gear or accessories that may have been forgotten at home
  • Brand new kitchen, dining, and restroom facilities featuring kid-sized furniture so that kids feel comfortable in these spaces

Making the mornings FUN!

  • Kids play area features low balance beams, soft obstacle courses and balance boards that get kids moving and promote balance and motor skills that translate to what they learn on the hill
  • Television screens at kid-level show video of the fun things you can do at Arapahoe Basin, from meeting our avalanche dog Rio to skiing down big powder runs
  • Décor designed around “Ace’s Wild Adventure” (featuring Ace, our mountain goat mascot) helps kids determine their height and weight for their rentals, and features pictures of and facts about the wildlife found in and around A-Basin


Updated First Aid and Ski Patrol facilities

  • New waiting room and state-of-the-art care facilities to improve triage and patient privacy

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Navigating the Kids Center

Drop off
The Kids Center is located on the west side of the base area, near the Black Mountain Express lift and the Pika Place Learning Area. When checking in, enter to your right. If your child needs rental gear and doesn't have any reserved, start at the computers and height charts to check your child's measurements. Then, proceed to the Guest Service desk to complete your check in.

If you don't need rentals or have rentals reserved, just head straight to the Guest Services point of sale. We'll get your child checked in and ready to go!

Pick up
You can meet up with your child after his or her lesson at the Pika Place Learning Area, adjacent to the Black Mountain Express lift. If you end up being a little bit late, we'll bring your child back to the Kids Center. The Kids Center is open until 4:30 p.m., but since we do not have child care, we ask that you pick up your child when their lesson is complete. We're sure you'll want to catch up and hear about their day on the slopes!

Need to return your child's rentals?
If you rented from our Kids Center, you can return your child's rentals right at the building. When you enter, head to your left and return your child's rental gear to the rental bench.

Is all of this a little much to remember? No worries - we'll have a greeter at the entrance to point you in the right direction on busy days!

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Plan your day with our lesson timeline:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Kids Center opens (seven days a week) for morning and full-day lesson check-in and rentals
  • 9:55 a.m.: Start of morning lessons (both full and half-day)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Pick up for morning, half-day lessons - you can pick up your child at the Pika Place Learning Area next to the Black Mountain Express lift. You can return your kids' rentals at the Kids Center.
  • Have an afternoon lesson? You can check in at any time!

  • 1:10 p.m.: Afternoon lessons meet at the Pika Place Learning Area
  • 3:30 p.m.: Pick up for full-day and afternoon lessons - you can pick up your child at the Pika Place Learning Area next to the Black Mountain Express lift.
  • Need to return your child's ski or snowboard rental? You can return your rentals up until 4:15 p.m. at the Kids Center.

  • 4:30 p.m.: That's when we close up shop for the day! If you missed your child at Pika Place, we'll hang out with them in the Kids Center until 4:30 p.m.
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    Lesson deals!

    Looking to improve your skills throughout the season, but can't commit to a weekly clinic? Are you coming to the Basin with your family and want to make sure everyone's ready to ride? Let the A-Basin Snowsports School transform your skills and elevate your experience on the mountain with the affordable and flexible 4 Lessons 4 U package! This is the best value lesson package for guests who want the flexibility of transferable lessons.

    4 Lessons 4 U for the 2016-17 Season

    4 Lessons 4 U - Lessons (Lift Ticket included!) Pricing Purchase
    Half-day a.m. class lessons
    (adults & kids - includes your full-day lift ticket!)
    $399 Buy Now
    Full-day class lessons
    (kids only - includes your full-day lift ticket!)
    $499 Buy Now
    • Lessons may be used anytime during the regular snowsports season: November 19, 2016 - April 30, 2017
    • All four lessons are FULLY transferable to any guest
    • Lesson vouchers valid on half-day, morning class lessons or full-day kids class lessons
    • Lessons can be used individually or in combination with family members or friends
    • Available for child or adult skiing, snowboarding and telemark lessons (telemark lessons available Saturday and Sunday only from November 19, 2016 - April 30, 2017)
    • Available for all ability levels, ages 3 and up

    Please book online call 888-ARAPAHOE to reserve your lesson space before heading to the mountain. Not valid with other A-Basin lesson programs (e.g. Kids Club, adult programs). Lift tickets and equipment are required for lessons. Equipment rentals are available onsite at A-Basin's Rental Shop and the A-Basin Kids Center. Prices are subject to change at any time. Call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246) for more information.

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