this place is great for those who love expert only areas and extreme terrain, they do have some easier areas to ride/ski but 20% of it is expert only and anouther 20% is most difficult . the good thing is the bowls you access from the lenasee mountain lift are blue runs but are still fun to rip even for expert skiiers/boarders. but the very best...more
Brewpub with extensive food menu as well. 2 levels. Mostly 20 somethings hanging out below with restaurant above.
Also try Claimjumpers, 805 N. Summit Blvd. in Frisco. Voted best restaurant in Summit County for 5 years in a row.
Favorite Dish: Wheeler Wheat Beer
From Denver's incredibly modern and spacious international airport, it's just an hour and a half via a straight shot down I-70 East by car. Rental cars are unusually inexpensive at the airport for some reason. If you work for a corporation, be sure to ask for the corporate rate, which can sometimes be even less expensive than even the Internet...more
The area has a great public bus transportation system called the Summit Stage, with frequent, free service over an extensive area. If waiting a little longer to get around isn't a problem, it's not even really necessary to have a car here.The fleet consists of unusually sturdy busses that appear well prepared to deal with the severe weather and...more
Be prepared to be around a lot of unusually friendly and outgoing people here. If coming from a a busy and tense major metropolitan area or culture which is much more reserved, it may take a little time to decompress. The hospitality you receive is sincere. This is laid back America at its best
At over 12,000 feet, might want to be extra careful for signs of altitude sickness: headache, light-headedness, weakness and upset stomach. Also, remember to reapply the sun screen several times throughout the day and don't forget the ears!
Perhaps the best tip I've ever gotten regarding how to use sunscreen is this: putting on sunscreen is like painting a room . You need two to apply two coats because the first coat really doesn't cover everything well enough. The second coat gets the bare spots missed on the first coat.
So put on the first coat of sunscreen 20 minutes before going out, then the second when you get outside. As a redhead with very light skin, this method has been a godsend. I no longer have those red patches where I've missed a spot!
I noticed a lot of people doing this. As is generally the case at any ski place, it's much less expensive to get both elsewhere. Half price lift tickets and rentals can be had at a number of sports/ski stores, some just a few miles away.
Fun Alternatives: The following sites have printable coupons for discount lift tickets and rentals, or will otherwise tell you where to get such discounts, not only for Arapahoe, but for lots of ski places all over the US:
under the Summit County heading
After getting a cup of self-serve coffee at the lodge, I handed the cashier a $5 bill. He took it, held it up over his eyes for a moment and dryly said: 'Sir, you are *not* in Aspen!' How right he was. No, I obviously wasn't physically in Aspen. And the self-serve coffee, Instant Maxwell House, was just $1 with free refills. No $3.50 gourmet...more
Riding the lift up to the summit, the highest lift served point on the continent, as the treeline is left behind and a feeling of being in almost another world begins to take hold. This picture doesn't really do justice to the actual scene, as the upper portion of the moutain extends much further than it appears here.more