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New terrain approved at Arapahoe Basin

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A-BASIN – The US Forest Service approved a variety of summer and winter expansion projects including 338 new acres of skiable terrain.  The new terrain includes the popular Beavers area.

Here’s how Arapahoe Basin described The Beavers to the Forest Service in the original proposal: “Steep north-facing chutes above treeline with numerous rock outcrops characterize the terrain. Most skiers hike or hitchhike uphill to return to their vehicles. Avalanche risk to the public is potentially high. The risk could be partially mitigated if the Beavers site was developed for skiing as part of the ski area.”

The Beavers will officially open to hike-in skiers next season, and a brand new Beavers chairlift becomes operational 2018-2019.  A-Basin will be responsible for patrolling the new terrain and avalanche mitigation.

Other projects that were approved include:

  • A New Surface Lift accessing Montezuma Bowl
  • Replacement of the Molly Hogan and Pallavicini Chairlifts
  • Removal of the Norway Chairlift
  • Construction of an Aerial Adventure Tour and Challenge Course

Arapahoe Basin put together an extensive Environmental Impact Statement before anything was approved.  To read more please click here.