Is Arapahoe Basin snowsure?

The snowiest week in Arapahoe Basin is week 3 of April. There are typically 4.6 snowy days during this week with 40cm of snowfall. Check out the Arapahoe Basin Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Arapahoe Basin

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December15cm3.1 days
January13cm3.2 days
February20cm4.1 days
March22cm3.7 days
April27cm4.1 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Arapahoe Basin during May (week 2):

The average snowfall forecast during week 2 of May for Arapahoe Basin is 23 cm. There are typically 4.2 snowy days during this week. Arapahoe Basin normal weather and snow conditions during the second week of May at the middle elevation of the ski area at 3632m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the mean freezing level (3302m) is a little below the middle elevation of Arapahoe Basin. Regular fresh snowfalls are to be expected in Arapahoe Basin in the middle of May. On average, expect four days with snowfall per week but a rainy day during this week happens about one year in two. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 23cm. Temperatures should usually stay a few degrees below freezing. Average maximum temperature at the middle elevation in Arapahoe Basin during week two of May is -1.0°C while the average minimum temperature is only -3.6°C. On average, a couple of days per week will have some sunshine. Generally light winds (average 15km/h).


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Arapahoe Basin and (2007 – 2018).

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Summer

Arapahoe Basin

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Arapahoe Basin and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Arapahoe Basin are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Arapahoe Basin and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Arapahoe Basin are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Arapahoe Basin and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Arapahoe Basin are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.