|Exploring the Montezuma Bowl
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Arapahoe Basin, sitting high atop the Contential Divide,
is well known for its expert terrain and no frills. As one
of Colorado's oldest ski areas, A-Basin has kept its
locals-no nonsense heritage. While maintaining
affordable lift ticket prices, almost half of what other
Summit County areas charge, A-Basin expanded into
the Montezuma Bowl last season.
As skiers and riders pull into the parking lot, the
Pallavicini headwall towers over, calling experts and
powder hounds alike. Until January of 2008, the
Pallavicini area was A-Basin's main expert zone, which
made weekend lift lines almost intolerable. With the
addition of the Zuma lift, stretching over 1,100 vertical
feet down into the Montezuma Bowl, the ski area has
almost doubled in size.
The terrain off of Zuma is suitable for intermediate skiers
to advanced experts. Underneath the chairlift, to the
skiers left is the trail Columbine. This gentle blue trail
offers a wide open groomed cruising run. The west
ridge offers trails named after ski pioneers. Some
include Durrance, Jump, Schauffler, and Groswold.
These runs offer expert chutes, cornices and wide open
Power filled glade skiing can be found on the bowls
eastern half. To access these treed runs take the
Mountain Goat Traverse to the skiers left as you unload
from the chairlift. For more vertical follow the high
traverse, but be aware of rocks. This run then empties
into the trails Torreys
|Looking down towards Lake Dillon