A local's favorite and one of the most popular resorts for skiers and snowboarders living in Denver, Colorado, Arapahoe Basin just received tentative approval for its latest expansion. Long part of A-Basin's master plan, the Beavers terrain is currently used by backcountry skiers and adds 338 acres of largely expert terrain via a fixed-grip triple or quad chairlift. It will take some time before construction can begin, but the latest announcement (first reported by the Denver Post) is a crucial step in Arapahoe Basin's long-term plans.
Arapahoe Basin's master plan includes a surface lift to improve access to Montezuma Bowl and additional summer amenities to the frontside of the resort (think ziplines and a challenge course). The proposed expansion also includes replacing the aging Molly Hogan and Pallavacini chairlifts. But the crown jewel of the ski area's plans is definitely the Beavers area.
The Beavers and Steep Gullies terrain sits west of the ski area's operational boundary and includes an expert skiers' dream of a high-alpine bowl, steep cliffs, and plenty of trees. The master plan calls for 338 new acres and a new lift to access the area, which is currently plagued with avalanches. With the expansion would come avalanche control work and increased ski patrol services.