Beavers Loop at Arapahoe Basin. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colorado – Skiing is practically over in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin closed things out on June 16, with an epic, pond-skimming and music filled party on the mountain. The sun was out, conditions were darn good for mid-June, and the vibes were high. But the epic summer at A-Basin is just getting going.

The Colorado ski area offers pretty much every summer activity you could ask for, with hiking, disk golf, scenic lift rides, a gorgeous Via Ferrata, and plenty more. For many, the mountain biking is what takes the cake. There is no lift-served downhill at Arapahoe Basin, but the mountain biking is totally free. They just ask that you pick up a bike pass at the Guest Services department.

Arapahoe Basin’s summer trail map. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

Those who plan on biking at A-Basin will typically start on Argentine North Fork, the mountain’s primary singletrack trail that climbs 700 feet. It begins at the base and makes its way up to the Black Mountain Lodge near the middle of the mountain. This trail is both for hikers and bikers, so stay aware of what’s in front of you while climbing.

From there, bikers can keep making their way towards the summit or they can turn around and head back down. The Wheels Up trail starts at the top of Argentine North Fork, taking riders back down to the base of the mountain. It’s bikers only and considered an intermediate-advanced downhill, filled with berms, rollers, and optional lines.

If riders want to continue heading up, the new Up at Arapahoe trail heads towards the summit. Gone are the days of suffering on Arapahoe Basin’s steep summer road. The new trail lowers the grade with an enjoyable switch-back route, bringing bikers to the start of the Beaver’s Loop.

‘Up at Arapahoe’ is Arapahoe Basin’s newest mountain biking trail. Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Access to the Beaver’s Loop is not for the faint hearted, requiring a long, steep climb to the summit for access. But those who are willing to make the trek are rewarded with a high-alpine, backcountry-style trail. It takes riders back down to the Black Mountain Lodge, offering plenty of places to catch some air or roll over berms.

When you’re finished with riding, the 6th Alley Bar and Grill stays open through the summer to satisfy any built up hunger. Or, if you’re looking for a bit more of a meal-with-a-view, the Steilhang Hut (one of my new favorite ski resort food options after this winter season) offers killer sausages and snacks, it just requires a bit more work to get there. Summer operations at Arapahoe Basin kicked off on June 28th.

Beavers Loop at Arapahoe Basin. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

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