Friday, October 25, 2019

Uphill Access Changes and Open House

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 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. 

Over the last year, we have spent a great deal of time reviewing the program and planning its next steps. Much of the Uphill Program remains the same. There are four notable changes for the 2019/20 season.
  • Each user is required to get a new Uphill Access Pass annually
  • Uphill Access Passes are $30/season except passes are free for Arapahoe Basin Season Pass holders
  • Passes can be purchased online at arapahoebasin.com
  • Uphill Pass users are required to wear a reflective armband issued with the pass
Passes can be purchased on our website. Typically, uphill access opens for the season in mid to late November as more terrain becomes available There will be an Open House and Q and A on Uphill Access in the A-Frame Saturday, November 2 at 9:00 AM.



25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you still planning on stopping uphill access after the lifts open? Now that we left Vail I would think the overcrowding isn't an issue any more. Would love to see all day uphill access.

cmac said...

Good idea. I fully expect people to complain, but this is a well reasoned policy. Between your parking, facility usage and patrol resources expended, uphill users should be expected to help contribute to offset these costs. We all want a safe and accessible uphill track for exercise and enjoyment. This is a very minimal cost. Thanks for continuing to support the sport.

PartyMountain said...
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PartyMountain said...

BOO!! Nickel and diming people on their public land seems wrong. This place used to be Party Mounatin! what happened!

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand the appeal of uphill access at a ski area. Other than potentially lower avalanche risks, what's the main rational for skinning up at a ski area instead of any of the other easily accessible back country areas nearby?

Unknown said...

A basin is part of ikon though. Will still be crowded

Unknown said...

It's an easily accessible venue for a good workout without a need to carry Backcountry gear. + potential proximity to the rest of your crew hitting the resort later in the AM.

Thomas said...

Anonymous, that kind of IS the main appeal. Fast and light -- no need to carry avy gear, a bunch of water and food, various layers, etc. Skinning is quick on groomed terrain. It's a whole different ballgame than backcountry IMO, more of just a nice venue for a hard workout.

Anonymous said...

partymountain - maybe YOU partied it out!

Anonymous said...

As you say, lower avalanche risk is one of the reasons. Another is more consistent snow cover. Backcountry runs often don't fill in until mid-season.

Also, many uphillers are there for an aerobic workout, not for the quality of the downhill skiing.

Anonymous said...

Wish you guys would have charged more, tbh. Prefer less competition for early morning powder. Still, a step in the right direction.

Powder Hound said...

Do you ever use the restrooms at Abasin, Party Mountain? Do you enjoy skinning up a groomed run?

Your logic is completely irrational and if you don't think so, go skin up a place that you don't have to pay. There are resources used to manage the land you want to use for free.

fast filosofer said...

This seems totally reasonable for the benefit of avalanche control and parking. Is the free with A-Basin Season Pass limited to A-Basin only products or does it include the Ikon passes?

Skier who is Epic said...

Good workout in a beautiful atmosphere. Can carry little to no avy gear and still have access to gnarly terrain. Also a good way to snag fresh turns before the lift riders ski it all out.

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Go for $100, you gotta cover those snowcat operations. I have never seen a groomer magically appear on "public lands"

Anonymous said...

I just hope the wristband matches my skinning outfit...

Anonymous said...

If I'm skiing this weekend, can i go ahead and pick up the free pass or is it going to be available later in the season?

Southern Skier said...

Does seem very reasonable policy changes throughout. If I lived in area I would definitely take advantage!

Anonymous said...

In addition to most reasons already mentioned, skinning at the ski area is a known quantity. If time is limited a person knows how long it will take as opposed to some unknowns of skiing the backcountry, therefore allowing people to still get to work on time or make it to other commitments.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure someone named partymountain has a long family history of people who stole and inhabited land that was not for them

Luke said...

Will we be allowed to skin after the info meeting on Nov 2? Or will uphill access not open until later in the season?

Boco senior said...

Will there be a senior discount on this pass?

Didn't see a reply to the question about uphill access after lifts open. Don't love to pay for something that seems like, as a US taxpayer, I'm already paying for. If the charge stays reasonable, I appreciate being able to use the restroom, etc. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have typically uphilled when I am planning on skiing at the resort (deeper powder day), but still want to get some fitness in. Getting to the resort a few hours before it opens let’s me deal with less traffic as well.

Anonymous said...

I think some of the uphill popularity at A-Basin is also due to the reasonable parking, proximity to Summit County cities, and many options for ascent outside of operating hours. I understand the policy and will certainly continue to support A-Basin. Thank you for making the uphill access user friendly. Really appreciate the options to go up and down different routes outside of operating hours. This makes it a lot fun and provides variety for multiple laps. Miss having Snowplume Refuge for a warm place to transition. It is cold and windy up there! Would you consider adding another uphill route to Black Mountain Lodge during operating hours? Perhaps Wrangler or Chisholm? This would be a great addition!

Anonymous said...

Its after hours there is no patrol or no facility usage just so you know :)