In a turn of events that most might find shocking, Arapahoe Basin has announced that they’ll be joining the Ikon Pass for the upcoming ski season. This follows their winter departure from the very popular Epic Pass. Ikon Pass users will now be able to ski 7-days with no blackout dates at Arapahoe Basin and 5 days with select blackout dates (Christmas holidays, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, President’s weekend).

There are currently 40 skiing destinations on the Ikon Pass, including 6 Colorado resorts. The 6 Colorado resorts included in their $749 base pass are Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Steamboat, Aspen Snowmass, and now, A-Basin.

This announcement was met with controversy, as Arapahoe Basin has also been heavily marketing their own full season pass at a price of $449 since leaving Epic. The reaction seems to be mixed, with some of those that have already purchased their Arapahoe Basin season pass feeling frustrating, while many of those still waiting to purchase a pass seem excited for the new option.

Personally, this just adds to my confusion of which pass to purchase. Living in Colorado Springs, it’s hard for me to pass on low-traffic backroads leading to Breckenridge. That being said, Breck has had some epic (no pun intended) crowds lately and Arapahoe Basin is one of my favorite spots to ski in the state (especially with all that new terrain). Like every year, I’ll probably wait until October to finally pull the trigger on which pass I’m purchasing and I honestly have no clue which one that will be.

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