Arapahoe Basin, CO Introduces $30 Fee for Uphill Access

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Photo depicts uphill skiers doing their thing
Uphill skiing at A-Basin now costs $30. Credit: Aspen Snowmass

If you want to skin up at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area this season, you will need to pay $30 for the previously free uphill access skiing and snowboarding.

In a post on his blog Friday morning, A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth explained that the unexpected and dramatic increase in popularity of skinning and hiking uphill in recent years has affected the Basin:

Uphill Access has long been a fun and exciting component of skiing and riding at The Basin. A few years ago, the popularity of skinning and hiking uphill was growing dramatically. We realized it was time to review and analyze the program. Ultimately, we introduced a more formalized program that required users to obtain a free uphill access pass.

We expected we’d give out a couple of hundred passes. We were wrong. So far we have issued nearly 10,000 Uphill Access Passes. I think this is really cool. People love it. It is another good way to enjoy the mountain. I am one of the regular users. Over time, usage has continued to evolve. Managing uphill access has turned into a fair bit of work. We don’t mind the work, but there is a lot of real work involved.

Season pass holders will not be required to pay the fee.

Uphill access typically opens for the season in mid- to late November as more terrain becomes available. Last year, A-Basin opened its uphill access on Nov. 14.


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One thought on “Arapahoe Basin, CO Introduces $30 Fee for Uphill Access

  1. Al henceroth “oh cool another revenue stream for my business that operates on usfs land.
    My prediction- 5yrs it will be pay parking
    Remember “the beach” now it’s like 5 spots
    #suckingthesouloutofskiing

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