Apparently, "The Legend" has fallen out of love with one of the world's largest ski resort conglomerates.
This morning, February 18, Arapahoe Basin announced that it will not renew its ship's partnership with Vail Resorts for the 2019/2020 season.
In a written statement, A-Basin chief executive Alan Henceroth said: "The ski resort has developed a very special community that feels like home. To continue building on this spirit and experience We have created, Arapahoe Basin and Vail Resorts will not renew their passenger partnerships. "Specifically, the A-Basin site quotes" a squeeze on parking and construction space "as a reason that the rock breaks down the ties with Vail Resorts.
"These actions are designed to preserve the special culture and atmosphere people expect when they choose to spend a day at The Basin," the announcement continues.
Because of this, the A-Basin writes it doesn't have new partnerships to announce, but discusses opportunities with other resort groups than Vail Resorts. The mountain recently expanded this season with a new lift that opened access to 34 races in Beavers / Steep Gullie's terrain.
The new chair leading to Beavers.
Whitney Henceroth for Arapahoe Basin
So what does this morning's announcement for current passport holders, including those having Keystone A-Basin Pass or Epic Pass sold by Vail Resorts mean?
All passes sold by Vail Resorts that are valid on the A-Basin remain for the 2018/2019 season.
In a separate announcement on the website, Vail Resorts says a new "Keystone Plus Pass" replaces the Keystone A-Basin Pass for the 2019/2020 season.
The Keystone Plus pass ($ 369 for adults) will include ten discounted "buddy pass" tickets, unlimited Keystone access with holiday restrictions, late spring Breckenridge from April 1, and five days at Crested Butte.
As To Intercept Ways With The A-Basin, Vail Resort's chief executive, Kirsten Lynch, says: "We would like to thank Arapahoe Basin for their partnership for over twenty years. We are disappointed but given the success they have had and their recent investments in the resort, we respect that this is the right time for them to move in a different direction. "