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Arapahoe Basin Oktoberfest 2022

Free chairlift rides, plenty of beer, and German food


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Every fall, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, also known as A-Basin, hosts its annual Oktoberfest party. The festival celebrating Bavarian culture features lots of beer, live music, brats, pretzels, and fun activities. The event is usually held on a Saturday in September at Mountain Goat Plaza.

In addition to food and drinks, Basin Oktoberfest offers free chairlift rides to the summit. Entertainment includes authentic Oktoberfest music in the base area. For $30 attendees can get a stein and three beer pours. Draft beer comes from Denver's Prost Brewing Co. or other local brewers. Food includes knockwurst, pork schnitzel sandwiches, braised red cabbage, German potato salads, pretzels, and apple strudels. Food and beer vendors in the base area operate from noon to 4 pm. Live music starts at 1 pm.

Arapahoe Basin Oktoberfest is one of the largest annual events at the ski resort. The festival closes out the summer season on the mountain. The beautiful ski area is located in Arapaho National Forest, south of Loveland Pass on U.S. Highway 6 in Summit County, Colorado.

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