This might be the best news we have had all summer! A-Basin joins Ikon! This helps out a lot for all of us skiers/riders that have been trying to figure out how we are going to deal with the loss of Arapahoe Basin on the Epic Pass.
Jason & I buy both the Epic and Ikon Passes each year. Because of that we made it to 10 different ski areas last ski season. It was a great season! Not being able to go to A-Basin left us without early or late season skiing. Vail Resorts is trying to minimize the loss by having Keystone compete for the early opening title and continuing skiing at Breck until Memorial Day. Unfortunately, that’s just not the same as A-Basin.
Now that A-Basin joins Ikon, we have a few ski days at the Basin. Not a ton, but we’ll take it this year and see if it’s enough. With the Ikon Base Pass – that’s the cheaper pass that we bought, it gives us 5 days at A-Basin and restricts the popular ski holidays. If you bought the more expensive Ikon Pass, you have 7 days and no black out dates at A-Basin for the upcoming season.
I’m sure A-Basin is hoping this will help with the crowding issues they have been experiencing recently but still give a few days to some of those not buying an A-Basin only pass.
I expect this to be an evolution with A-Basin making a decision, seeing how it plays out, and then adjusting as necessary. Who knows if this will continue but at least we will get a few ski days at A-Basin for the 2019/2020 ski season.