Ski + Snowboard

The World's Best Après-Ski Scenes

by Sarah Tuff

Best Ski Parking Lot

Where: The Beach, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

What'll Snow You: The actual distance to a real, oceanfront beach

Cool Conditions: Of all the wacky springtime traditions at ski resorts—pond skims, dummy races, Jimmy Buffet mania—none is more fun or more storied than tailgating in the parking lot, or Beach, of Arapahoe Basin, 68 miles west of Denver. If you're smart, you've arrived early in order to snag one of the prime slope-side parking spots (or better yet, called to reserve). Then head up the mountain, and maybe even take your turn on Pallavicini, the signature steep that swallows skiers on its 45-degree pitch while everyone watches from the chairlift. Then it's back to the auto and the Beach—with luck, you've remembered the grill, the portable beach chairs, the Frisbee, the camera, and enough beverages and meat products to last all night. Because you won't be remembering much of anything mañana.

The Cold Cash: $100 a day for one of the six best spots, which fit two cars apiece

Arapahoe Basin
Tel: 888 272 7246 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 468 0718

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