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Located on the west side of the base area steps from the snow, the Kids Center is 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.

Elevating the guest experience at Arapahoe Basin
  • Designated check-in space for all kids lessons, 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

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.


Meals and snacks just for kids

  • Special meals and snacks prepared in the Kids Center kitchen so kids can enjoy a bite to eat before heading out on the mountain.
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Navigating the Kids Center

Drop off
Snowsports staff will meet you in the Kids Center, answer any questions you may have and will accompany your kid(s) to the rental station or to their lesson.

Kids' rentals

If your child needs renals and doesn't have any reserved, start at the computers and height charts to record 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!

Rental return

Your child's rentals are for the full day and not just the duration of their lesson. You can return your child's skis or snowboard at the Kids Center; enter the building and turn left to the rental bench.

Pick up
We ask that you pick up your child after his or her lesson at the Pika Place Learning Area, adjacent to the Black Mountain Express lift. We're sure you'll want to catch up and hear about their day on the slopes!

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 for the day.
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