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This is the place to find out what's in store in the coming seasons at The Legend. With everything we do at A-Basin, we strive to maintain the same culture and vibe we love about this place while also making the "stuff" of the ski area work better. We're once again making immediate base area improvements for the 2016-17 season, but we're also working on projects proposed in our long-term Master Development Plan. Use the buttons below to navigate among our different projects, and learn more about how we're working to improve our mountain and your experience.


What's New: 2016-17

As part of our commitment to revitalizing our base area, Arapahoe Basin will undergo summer renovations totaling approximately $1.3 million. Learn more about our projects below.

Arapahoe Sports remodel
Construction period: Summer 2016

Located at the north end of the A-Frame base lodge, the Arapahoe Sports retail shop is the only place to buy exclusive A-Basin logo wear, posters of the ski area, and any gear you may have forgotten on your way to the mountain. The tiny space has blossomed in recent years, and with an increase in the goods we offer, we also wanted to increase the space you have in the shop! We're putting nearly $1 million into expanding Arapahoe Sports, with the final shop coming in at 2.5 times larger than the original space. We're also upgrading the exterior to be more in line with the aesthetic of our recent base area upgrades. It's just one of the ways we're hoping to improve your experience when you visit us next season.

Base area plaza regrading
Construction period: Summer 2016

This summer we'll be working on finalizing the look of our base area plaza, with improved walkways and ramps as well as better outdoor seating and viewing areas for our main stage. It's important for us to continually improve accessibility for all of our guests, and we are hoping this major regrading project will increase the enjoyment of everyone who comes to our ski area in both winter and summer seasons.

Master Development Plan & Draft EIS

Update August 3, 2016: The U.S. Forest Service has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision. You may review these documents here.

The map below displays projects under consideration in the 2012 Master Development Plan. This map was updated January 2016.

 

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February 5, 2016: The White River National Forest has released the Draft Environmental Impact (EIS) statement concerning proposed projects at Arapahoe Basin including the Beavers terrain expansion, lift installations and replacements, and summer usage projects. The public comment period begins today and will continue for 45 days. To read the Draft EIS and to send a comment to the White River National Forest, click here.

Representatives from the USFS and Arapahoe Basin will host an open house at The Keystone Center (1628 St John Rd., Dillon, CO 80435) on March 2, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For information on the projects and process of our MDP, read this document:
Public Notice - Arapahoe Basin Proposed Projects (U.S. Forest Service)

The 2012 Master Development Plan is available to the public. Click here to download the PDF (9MB). Please note: the file is large and may take a moment to download.

August 2012: A-Basin held an open house on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 to share its vision for improvements and changes to the ski area over the next decade. Read press release about event here.

The Beavers Expansion

One of the most notable proposed projects in the Master Development Plan is expansion of lift-served terrain into the Beavers. Over 400 acres of new terrain west of the current ski area boundary would be added to Arapahoe Basin's operating area, including new intermediate terrain, tree skiing, and mitigation and patrol through The Steep Gullies.

August 2016: The USFS has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Draft Record of Decision. We now enter a 45-day objection period. To review the documents or learn how to participate in the process, click here.

February 2016: The USFS has released the Draft Environment Impact Statement (EIS), commencing the 45-day public comment period. To view the Draft EIS and to comment, click here. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Arapahoe Basin will be holding an open house at The Keystone Center (1628 St John Rd., Dillon, CO 80435) on March 2, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

May 2014: The USFS is currently preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement. This document will be finalized in 2016.

October 2013: On October 3, we hosted a guided hike of the proposed Beavers expansion area. Click here to read the Summit Daily News recap of the hike.

2015-16 Season Improvements

A-Basin's Guest Services renovation
Construction period: Summer 2015

As part of its continued revitalization of the base area, with a goal of creating a plaza-like feel for its guests, A-Basin completed a $500,000 renovation of the Guest Services Center and Season Pass Office. A-Basin tripled the size of its season pass and ticket offices, adding more point of sale stations and a private call center to better assist guests both on site and around the world. Additionally, A-Basin completed the construction of a new music stage on the ticket office steps, allowing for an even better concert experience during its Shakin' at the Basin Spring Concert Series and opening the opportunity for live music in the summer months as well. 

2014-15 Season Improvements

A-Basin's Kids Center
Construction period: June 2014 - March 2015

Click here to see photos of the completed building and to learn more!

Kids in Arapahoe Basin Snowsports received a space to call their own, as we completed construction on a new three-story, 7100-square-foot, $2.3 million Kids Center geared toward our younger snowsports students. A-Basin’s Kids Center is a place for kids in lessons and programs while they're at the mountain.

The building also houses kids’ ski and snowboard rentals, snowsports lesson check-ins, a kitchen and dining space for snowsports students, a new first aid room, an employee locker room and expanded office spaces for Ski Patrol.

In keeping with A-Basin's commitment to environmental stewardship, the A-Basin Kids Center was outfitted with solar energy panels, low-flow toilets, and a low-energy lighting system. The décor of the space is nature-themed in the spirit of A-Basin's on-mountain ecological education areas like Lynx Lane, Mountain Goat Alley and Moose Hollow. The informational posters and artwork in these spaces teach children about the mountain environments in which they play, and help them to gain an appreciation of how special A-Basin is.

The A-Basin Kids Center also houses a new, state-of-the-art First Aid Room, complete with private examination and waiting areas, new beds and medical equipment, and ski patrol offices.