Arapahoe Basin, CO Won’t be Joining a Pass Program For 2019/20 Season | Considering Long-Term Options

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Arapahoe Basin, CO. Credit: A-Basin Facebook

Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer Al Henceroth told the resort’s customers in an email Wednesday that A-Basin has no plans to join another pass program on an unlimited basis for the 2019-2020 season, adding the resort’s own season pass will be the only way to get unlimited access to the mountain writes Business Den.

The Arapahoe Basin Season Pass, currently on sale for $399, will be the only unlimited season pass product for A-Basin in the 2019-20 season. If you would like to ski 8 or more days at The Basin, this is the only pass that will offer that option. We are still looking at opportunities to join other resort programs, but none of those programs will include unlimited access at A-Basin.

A-Basin announced in February that it would be ending a 22-year partnership with Vail Resorts, and would not be included on the Epic Pass next year. Henceroth claimed at the time that crowds were straining the resort, particularly its parking capacity. The pass gave holders unlimited access to the resort.

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A-Basin trail map. Credit: Arapahoe Basin

A long term pass solution hasn’t been finalized yet, but many thought they may switch allegiances and join the competing Ikon Pass. Henceroth said Wednesday the mountain still is negotiating with other pass products about potentially joining on a limited basis, also indicating that any resulting partnership would give users, at most, seven days access to the resort.

Although Henceroth would neither confirm nor deny that they are in talks with Alterra about the Ikon Pass, he did confirm that the resort is negotiating with Mountain Collective, which gives two-day access to 17 ski resorts. Other pass options include the Powder Alliance, which includes Loveland Ski Area and Monarch Mountain.

“These things take time,” Henceroth said. “There’s a lot of players involved, and unwinding a big deal and potentially setting up another one takes time.”

A-Basin’s season passes for the upcoming season went on sale March 5 at $399.

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