Originally Posted by Jamesj
The dark side of the growing reach of the epic passes is that neighboring little guys are getting the squeeze. It would seem that if A-basin adopted the Monarch model and included some reciprocal days at a few other good, smaller mtns it would take the sting out of the lost Vail Resorts days, but I have no idea how all that works out for their bottom line? They probably need VR more than VR needs them.
This. In my eyes, the type of skier that is interested in skiing A-Basin is the type of skier that buy Monarch's pass- folks looking for the best skiing experience that do not care about the frills. I know several folks that purchase bonus passes because they view it as a cheaper way to ski Vail, yet have little interest in skiing A Bay. While it may sounds like a good thing for passholder to buy a pass yet not really ski your area much, it means you lose out on concession/food sales and have a less dedicated skiing base.
Arapahoe Basin has not participated in the partner-sharing that is now typical for most of the smaller ski areas in Colorado, and their Gems card discounts are pretty minimal. I really like A Bay, but haven't skied there in about 5 years because Loveland DOES participate in both partner shares and agressive gems card discounts, and I can't justify spending more to ski at A Bay.
I'd love to see A Bay get in the partner sharing biz. I bet they will see more ski traffic that way than partnering with Vail, where they will always be considered the little ski area that has the audacity to have fixed grip chairs, "poor grooming," and no base condos.