Friday, October 22, 2010

Response to Anonymous

Whoa, I thought long and hard about how to or if I should respond to the comment from Anonymous. Here are some thoughts. About 50 times per day I am asked, "when are you opening?" The answer is, "I don't know." I always try and share the best information I have available at the time. We look at how much snow we need to make, how much we have made, and what the forecast says. It is very hard to predict. I do the best I can here and also try and point out the cool things going on. A week ago we had a very promising forecast that failed to materialize. I was excited and, like most of you guys, was disappointed when it fell through. Had late September and October been at all close to normal for temperatures, we would have been open for a week or more by now. If I would have followed the suggestion of saying, "Hey, we're probably at least a week away...." I would have been lying. For a while I have thought we were less than a week away. The weather has given us a couple of dashed hopes. When you deal with the weather every day, you learn to understand and accept that. Nobody around here is trying to mislead anybody. We are being truthful and trying to spread the good word about Arapahoe Basin. Let's keep this fun. Last year we managed to open October 9. This year it looks like late October. Sometimes the weather throws you the dice in a way you don't expect. I am excited about being open soon. I know you guys will have a great time. Our progress is moving along. My fingers are crossed that this forecast is the one. I am not only looking forward to High Noon opening, I look forward to those first face shots a few weeks down the road. Trust me, no one wants to be open more than me.

19 comments:

Travis said...

read comment on "snowcat blog" for response.

Evan said...

Thanks Al!
We all are looking forward to opening, and I know you're going to make it the best one we can have!

Dave Perry said...

Thanks for the news. I just need to know when to quit my job so I can come live in your parking lot.

In the mean time, let us know if we can help. I'll push snow around with a teaspoon if it aids the cause.

Ryan Stefani said...

Al: Thanks for keeping us up to date. I'll go out on a limb here and say that most folks appreciate the updates. I hope you don't let one douche bag's spew slow your updates...

ryan stefani said...

Oh--and when is opening day?

Anonymous said...

so my question is how are you gona control volume on such limited terrain? I HOPE your gona do every other chair or something. Im sure you've thought about this but it would be KAOS if it were loading every chair,, CANT wait to feel those new seats!!!! LOVE ABAYBAY!!!

LightHeaded said...

Hey Al,
As Henry Ford II said "never complain, never explain". Of course, he was in mid-divorce #x at the time.
I spent last night up on the pass in the vain hope it would snow and y'all would be able to open. Or maybe I could catch a few turns up there. Sigh. I've just decided to do that every night from now on until you open. At the very least it will get the lungs tuned up (and I do mean up).
Keep up the good work.
Luke
p.s. when, exactly, do you plan to open?
LOL

chris said...

although i must admit, this extended summers not half bad. at least im not freezing my rear off when i take my dog out. but i am ready to get my legs going.

hopefully the new lift didnt jinx the opening day or anger the snow gods. last year i already had 3-4 days under my belt by this time.

awesome response Dave Perry.

Brian said...

Unbelievable. "Anonymous" needs to man up and leave a name with the complaints, and/or go ski somewhere else with the other haters. Al, you and the whole crew are doing a great and we continue to thank you for working hard to get us up for opening day. THANKS from us all and see you soon!

Josh B said...

Don't let the haters get to you, Al! The pictures and updates are awesome -- it's so cool that you keep us up to date.

Also, when you open up parking lot housing for Dave, can I get on that list too?

Jeff said...

I thought A Bay was in direct contact with the snow Gods!?.... Al, its all good, we'd all rather be skiing on snow than grass, and the last time we had an indian summer like this it turned into a winter for the record books

Andrew said...

Thanks for all the updates (the more the merrier) its nice just to see daily progress.

skibum4ever said...

Alan, we are all watching your site closely and we want to ski, but we know you can't open until you have adequate base. One question - I've skied early season, and the one or 2 open slopes can get pretty crowded. It seems that the new HSQ will help with liftlines, but will add to overcrowding the slopes. I'm sure this concern has been addressed. Comments? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Al, I am the Anonymous user who wrote the first comments this morning. I am sorry to offend you as it was not intended to be rude, but rather was just venting the angst of a customer who's not quite satisfied right now. But, given your thoughts, comments here, I do understand there's so much more at play. It gives a little perspective to those of us who aren't natives and/or perennial A-Basin enthusiasts. So, a genuine & sincere thanks to YOU for the insight and a genuine "Im sorry" to have offended you. And sorry to all the other users who took offense as well. Geez. I'm a relative Colorado newbie so cut me some slack! :)

Steve said...

"Anonymous", I realize you are excited in anticipation of the opening as are the rest of us. Please bear in mind that certain conditions must be met before opening; first and foremost, your safety.
Riding a shallow snowpack is dangerous. If bodily injury is not high on your priority list, consider the damage that will occur to your equipment.
The staff at Arapahoe Basin are very experienced and will make the call when the time is right.
Please be patient. It wont be long now. You have my word that it will be worth the wait.
Mahalo.
-Delaney

Ali Gingras said...

As the saying goes, "Haters gon hate!" I think everyone is just getting antsy... but that was out of line. We appreciate you and I completely understand how the weather is... as does 90% of the CO population. Thanks for all the updates and take your time for opening day!!!!!

MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT!!!!!!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Thanks for the apology. Don't worry I was not offended. I just wanted you to understand how highly unpredictable all this opening stuff is. Last night was a great example. I wasn't expecting much and we had great snowmaking and it snowed 7". A nice surprise. Don't worry about the comments. Introduce yourself to me next time you are up and let's have some fun skiing.

J said...

Any year you can ski before Halloween is a gift. Your pass is paid for on the first day of turns, the rest of the season is gravy.

If you do not know what "rock" skis are you will find out pretty quick. 16" base is not much cover.

Q) What is the difference between a Colorado weather man and a used car salesman?

A) The used car salesman knows he is lying ;)

skibum4ever said...

I haved skied the Basin early and the coverage is generally pretty good. It can get icy and a bit rocky late in the day.

However, the rider traffic is often a problem. Too many skiers and boarders of varying abilities are mixed on a single run.

No one wants to end their season in October by being run into, so I can only say slow down and be careful. Everyone was a beginner once, and even experts can fall unexpectedly. So watch out for others, wear a helmet, and stay in control. There wil be plenty of time for bombing down the runs later in the season when everything is open, the runs are much less crowded, and the snow is better. ** end of rant **