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Report: Skier visits at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area down 35%

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 23:47:14-05

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The number of skiers and subsequent crowds at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado has declined since last ski season, a report said.

Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth said the ski area had plans to decrease crowds after leaving its partnership with Epic Pass at the end of the 2018-2019 season, Summit Daily News reported Tuesday.

A-Basin wanted to reduce crowding and host 20% fewer skiers to focus on offering a much higher quality guest experience, Henceroth said.

Skier visits decreased by 35% through February compared with last season, the report said. The report also shows a 69% decline in Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders this month compared with Epic passholders in February last year.

Epic passholders received unlimited access to A-Basin during the partnership, but now Ikon passholders can only ski or snowboard up to seven days and Mountain Collective passholders get no more than two days.

Some employees and mountain visitors have agreed with restrictions, allowing for smaller crowds, less wait time and more time on the mountain for guests. Others have expressed concerns about how less people affects revenue.