East Wall in the backdrop of skiers at A-Basin Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin's East Wall in the backdrop; photo credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Entices Skiers With New Extreme Terrain Map

Like extreme terrain? Then it’s time to check out some of these lines.

Last week, Arapahoe Basin’s CEO Alan Henceroth posted on his infamous “Al’s Blog regarding an update on the area’s East Wall. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere.

Rather, the 74-year-old ski resort has finally mapped out all the lines on the East Wall, the eastern ridge at the ski area known for its extreme hike-to, gulley, and chute terrain. Arapahoe Basin is located in Dillon, Colorado, and has a total 1,428 acres of skiable area.

The release of the map coincided with the rope drop on the East Wall last week, marking the terrain officially open for business. (Access to the East Wall is always conditions- and weather-dependent.) The ski map of the area is now live on A-Basin’s website.

A-Basin Ski East Wall map

While the map isn’t quite ski artwork, it’s still pretty exciting — especially if you like a challenge. So if you haven’t gotten around to checking out this iconic wall, now’s your chance.

It’s important to note that some of these lines fall within permanent closures or in closed boundaries, meaning you can’t ski them — at least not yet.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.