Details: Arapahoe Basin
Arapahoe Basin lies 96 miles west of Denver International Airport via I-70. Continental and United fly nonstop from BWI to Denver; fares start at $219 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
There's no lodging at Arapahoe Basin, but there are many hotels and vacation rentals at Keystone Resort (five miles away) and throughout Summit County, including the towns of Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne.
Keystone Lodge and Spa, 22101 US Hwy 6, Keystone, Colo.; 877-753-9786, http:/
Arapahoe Inn, 22859 Highway 6, Keystone; 970-513-9009, http:/
Key to the Rockies, 23024 US Highway 6, Suite 202, Keystone; 800-248-1942, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Black Mountain Lodge, At the top of Exhibition lift, http:/
Alpenglow Stube, At the top of Keystone Resort's North Peak, 970-496-4386, http:/
Dos Locos, 22869 US Hwy 6, Keystone; 970-262-9185, http:/
WHAT TO DO
Arapahoe Basin, 888-272-7246, http:/
The resort has 105 designated runs spread across 900 acres, with 10 percent designated for beginners, 30 percent for intermediates, 37 percent for advanced and 23 percent for experts.
Single-day "early season" lift tickets are $49 for adults; a full-day children's ticket (ages 6-14) costs $25; youth tickets (ages 15-19) are $44; children 5 and younger ski free. Prices for the regular season, which starts Dec. 19, have not been announced.
Full adult ski package rentals (boots, skis and poles) are $25 for a half-day, $29 for a full day. Snowboard packages run $31 for a half-day and $35 for a full day. Children's rentals (ages 3-14) are $16 for half-day and $20 for a full day; kid snowboard rentals are $21 for a half-day, $25 for a full day.
The resort also has one of the best ski schools in the state. Its "Guaranteed to Succeed" program promises that you'll be skiing intermediate runs after the third lesson (if not, you get free lessons till you do). The $339 price tag gets you a full season pass to A Basin, three half-day lessons and three days of equipment rentals.