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RESORT CHARGES FOR WALKING UP - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Tuesday October 29, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will require people to buy a pass costing $30 to skin up its pistes.








There has been a steady growth in recent years of people preferring to skin up.

It is done mostly for fitness and to go back to the more traditional way of enjoying the mountains.

However the people often skin up on prepared slopes and come down the same slopes too.

They are using trails groomed by the piste bashers and watched over by ski patrollers.

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will now be charging skiers and splitboarders $30 to skin up the resort's trails.

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The announcement was made on the blog of the chief operating officer, Alan Henceroth.

"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.

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.

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.

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

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There has already been reaction to the blog from locals:

"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. "

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

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

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

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So, what's your view?

We have had some comments on the PlanetSKI Facebook page:

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Feel free to add your views over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

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