Arapahoe Basin ends partnership with Vail Resorts

Arapahoe Basin ends partnership with Vail Resorts

Featured Image: Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin

Hitting airwaves this morning, Arapahoe Basin announced it will no longer be a partner of Vail Resorts, starting in the 2019-20 season. This decision comes after the resort–affectionately known as The Legend–has seen significant growth both in its terrain offerings and number of skiers. In the last 15 years, A-Basin has invested 40 million dollars into its facilities, operations and terrain expansions–including the additions of The Beavers and The Steep Gullies last season and the new Beavers Lift this year. While the amount of skiable terrain on the mountain has increased to accommodate the influx of skiers hitting the slopes, the parking lots and facilities are pressed for space. By separating itself from Vail Resorts, Arapahoe Basin believes it can take better care of its guests and maintain the spirit that is The Legend.

“Our focus has always been to provide an extraordinary mountain experience for our guests. With consistent snowfall and one of the nation’s highest and most stunning settings, we offer an environment that is totally unique. From Montezuma Bowl to The Beavers and from Black Mountain Lodge to the 6th Alley Bar and Grill, there are few resorts that can match The Basin’s scenic landscape. Looking forward, we strive to provide ready and easy access for our guests. Our goal is to minimize waiting and crowding and maximize experiences and fun,” said Chief Operating Officer of Arapahoe Basin, Alan Henceroth, in a recent press release.

For Keystone A-Basin pass holders, Vail Resorts is replacing this offering with the Keystone Plus Pass, valid at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. This pass offers unlimited access at Keystone with holiday restrictions, unlimited spring skiing at Breckenridge after April 1 and five days at Crested Butte, also with holiday restrictions. Investments into Keystone’s snowmaking aims to position the resort to be the first to open in the U.S. and Breckenridge recently announced plans to extend its season through Memorial Day–giving Keystone Plus pass holders one of the longest ski seasons in the country. Adult passes will start at $369 and $259 for kids and each pass purchased before the April deadline comes with 10 buddy passes.

Despite A-Basin ending its relationship with Vail Resorts, the future is bright for the independent ski area. Maintaining its focus on what makes the resort so legendary–badass terrain and down-to-earth local vibe–will bode well for The Basin and the skiers who call this place home. As of right now, A-Basin does not have any new partnerships, but it will be discussing opportunities with several resorts and resort groups. The 2018-19 Vail Resorts season passes that are currently valid at A-Basin will be honored for the remainder of the season.

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