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A-Basin cuts ties with Vail Resorts, won't be on Epic Pass next winter season



Jeff Christopherson, right, takes a cell phone picture to Gretchen Pleshaw, left and "Disco" Darren Droge, while waiting in line on the Black Mountain Express promise on the opening day at the Arapahoe Basin ski area Friday. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Attention Skiers: Epic Pass will no longer be accepted in the Arapahoe Basin after this winter.

The mountain has decided to interrupt its relationship with Vail Resorts and its epic Pass, citing crowded conditions in its parking lots and other mountain facilities in a notice published on its website Monday morning. Current Epic Pass holders with access to Arapahoe Basin will be able to use it at the end of this season, but the partnership ends when the season does.

"The A-Basin has seen extraordinary growth, both popular and skier visits after investing $ 40 million over the past 15 years," said chief operating director Allen Henceroth in the announcement. "While the mountain still has plenty of room for skiers and riders, experience the skiing in the parking lot and the resort area. Due to these constraints, Arapahoe Basin believes its staff can take better account of its guests by separating from Vail Resorts."

Henceroth wrote that the goal is to "minimize waiting and congestion and maximize experiences and fun", but he left open the opportunity to enter into a partnership with another shipping company.

"Skiers and riders who call the A-Basin home can feel good knowing resort, will still offer tremendous value and unusual mountain experiences," he added. "These actions are designed to preserve the particular culture and mood people expect when they choose to spend a day at The Basin."

Vail Resorts sent a release shortly after the announcement.

"We would like to thank Arapahoe Basin for their partnership for over 20 years," said Kirsten Lynch, marketing manager for Vail Resorts. "We are disappointed, but given the success they have had and their recent investment in the resort, we respect that this is the right time for them to move in a different direction."

This is a developmental history. Check back for updates.

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