A-Basin – the abbreviation for Arapahoe Basin, sometimes also referred to as just "The Basin."
A-Frame – the base area building that is home to the Legends Café, Arapahoe Sports, the Sixth Alley Bar, the Coffee Corner as well as seating, restrooms and some of our administrative offices including Human Resources and Marketing.
Abe Ace'n – the official mascot of Arapahoe Basin adopted in 2008 when Montezuma Bowl opened.
Admin Lot – the parking lot surrounded by flag poles adjacent to the Season Pass office, Guest Services, and the A-frame cafeteria building in the base area. This lot allows for drop-off service as well as some of our handicap parking – our Early Riser lot also has handicap accessible parking. Often on weekends and holidays, this lot is a pay parking lot.
Arapahoe Sports – Arapahoe Basin's retail store located on the first floor of the A-Frame cafeteria building. It has a sister outlet known as Black Mountain Sports found in Black Mountain Lodge.
Backcountry – the area outside of a ski area's boundary. There is much terrain available outside of Arapahoe Basin's ski area boundary but it is unmaintained, unpatrolled and not advised to access. When skiing and riding in the backcountry, you are out of the ski area and on your own. There are three backcountry access points from the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
The Beach – the prime parking located on the south edge of the Early Riser parking lot that spans the ski slopes from the Pallavicini lift to the Black Mountain Express lift. A hot spot for tail gate parties and get-togethers. The Early Riser lot opens in the morning at 6:00am at the earliest. Beach parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. For select spots that come with their own picnic table, contact 1-888-ARAPAHOE for prices and reservations.
BML – the abbreviation for our mid-mountain restaurant Black Mountain Lodge. This dining facility provides Bistro style entrees, soups, and salads. Non-skiers can take the Black Mountain Express lift up on a foot passenger lift ticket, hang out, enjoy the views of the East Wall, the Treeline Terrain Park and ride the lift back down.
The East Wall – the advanced / expert terrain found on the East side of the front upper mountain. This terrain usually opens sometime in January when our mid-mountain base is around 60". Known for its hiking terrain and powder runs this area makes Arapahoe Basin the highest skiable terrain in North America.
Enduro – A grueling 10-hour personal challenge to see how many runs off the Pallavicini lift a team of two can ski in one day. The current record is 72 runs. This event happens mid-April on a Wednesday; call 888-ARAPAHOE for more information.
High Divide Park – our progressive park located on the lower mountain off of the Wrangler trail. This is easily accessible off of the Black Mountain Express chairlift and features small rails, hits and jumps. The High Divide Park opens officially in late December / early January but we have rails open every day of our season from October – June somewhere on the mountain.
Lenawee Mountain – pronounced Len-a-way – the lift that services the upper half of our front side of the mountain. Named after the tallest mountain on the East Wall.
Pali – the nickname for our famed Pallavicini lift that accesses our advanced Pallavicini terrain in one easy lift ride. Most pronounce it "Polly." People who spend most of their day skiing/riding on this lift are often known as "Pali-heads." The bottom trail that takes you out of the Pallavicini run is referred to as the "Poly-wog."
Sixth Alley – Arapahoe Basin's famed bar located in the A-frame building in the base area. The Sixth Alley got its name from the "Alley's" located on the Pallavicini trail that are numbered 1-5 with the idea that after skiing them you then hit the 6th alley at the end of the day. The Sixth Alley has earned a reputation for having one of the best Bloody Mary's around as well as a Mug Club that usually sells out by the first day of opening season.
Snow Plume Refuge – the building located at the top of A-Basin, visible from the top of Lenawee Mountain lift, Norway lift and Zuma lift. This building is home to our Ski Patrol Headquarters but also has a warming hut that includes composting toilet facilities, indoor tables and chairs and an outdoor deck.
Treeline Terrain Park – our main terrain park located just above the Black Mountain Express lift, easily accessible off of the Lenawee Lift, the Pallavicini lift or the Norway lift (weekends only). Treeline features jumps, rails and other features. This park usually opens mid-late December and is open until May or later.
Zuma Bowl – Officially known as Montezuma Bowl, is the 400 acre expansion of Arapahoe Basin that opened during our 2007-08 season and offers intermediate, advanced and expert terrain. It typically opens in January and closes in late April or May.