A-Basin set to add parking, underpass
Summit County Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colorado ” With the new terrain in Montezuma Bowl proving a big draw for A-Basin, the ski area expand parking capacity this summer.
A plan to add 200 new spots in the area across from the Colorado Department of Transportation facility is part of A-Basin’s summer work plan, said U.S. Forest Service winter sports ranger Joe Foreman. A pedestrian underpass will also be built this summer.
Some highway widening and tree removal will be required for the parking expansion, Foreman said.
A-Basin is headed for a record skier-visit season, said spokesperson Leigh Hierholzer. March was a record month for the ski area in terms of skier numbers, she said.
There have already been several weekends this season when the available parking at A-Basin filled up completely, leading to traffic backups on U.S. Highway 6. Historically, the parking crunch peaks in the spring when the rest of Summit County’s ski areas close down.
A-Basin is working with Keystone, the Colorado State Patrol and state transportation officials to make spring season parking work smoothly the rest of this season, Foreman said.
The hope is to encourage people to carpool and shuttle. When the ski area’s parking spots fill up, skiers will be diverted to the parking lots at Keystone, where they can catch a shuttle bus up to A-Basin.
“They’ll never be able to build enough for all the people that could arrive on any given day,” Foreman said. Parking at A-Basin, like at other area resorts, needs to be integrated with other programs like car-pooling and shuttle services, Foreman said.