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Fun Facts about The Legend!

You can't learn everything from the Fact Sheet! These fun facts will fill you in on things just plain wacky.

  • Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened to the public in 1946 with one, mid-mountain rope tow that skiers reached in an Army weapons carrier pulled by a four-wheel drive vehicle. A-Basin reported 1,200 skier visits. They paid $1.25 a day to access the mountain.
  • It wasn't until the 1947-1948 season that chairlifts were installed. Arapahoe Basin's first chairlifts were the 1st post-war chairlifts ordered in Colorado.
  • Those chairlifts must have made quite the difference. Skier visits jumped over 1,000% from the 1st to 2nd season to 13,000.
  • With a base of close to 11,000, and a summit elevation more than 13,000! Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has the highest skiable terrain in North America and a vertical drop of 2,270'.
  • Opening in late October and not closing until June, Arapahoe Basin also boasts one of the longest seasons in North America.
  • Our 900 exhilarating acres does not include the legendary East Wall, which has 90-110 acres that we don't even count. How's that for a terrain bonus!
  • Arapahoe Basin's Treeline terrain park is the highest terrain park in North America and stays open until June of each year. The Treeline use to be called the Mutha' Hucker.
  • The Pallavicini run and lift are named after a similarly shaped nose called the Pallavicini Couloir on Grossglockner, the highest peak in Austria (12,457 ft.), first climbed (in winter, no less) by the Austrian mountaineer, Count Pallavicini.
  • In 1974 the ski area sold a lift ticket for $7.50. A three day pass was $18 and a season pass was $125.
  • The current A-Frame lodge in the base area was once a missile testing facility.