Saturday, January 4, 2014

Early Riser and Carpooling

OK, we have a few issues going on that are worth discussing.

Each busy day Early Riser Lot fills up and we start parking High Noon and possibly Last Chance Lots. If you are heading straight to Pali Lift there is no question that parking in Early Riser is more desirable. If you are heading to one of the buildings first, one can argue that parking in High Noon is actually easier and faster than parking in Early Riser. That is where I park. On a busy day, as the inflow of cars slows down and the outflow of cars picks up, we phase out of parking and let people do it on their own. There is a transition period in there that is really tough to manage. As parking spots open up, we try and get cars into those spots. There is no doubt that you can be on the road, see an empty spot in Early Riser and get frustrated because you won't be allowed in the lot. We know that. We may have already sent 10 cars into the lot to find those 5 empty spots. We are doing our best to get people in and get the spots filled as best we can without completely clogging up all of the exit lanes. We try really hard to keep traffic moving along Highway 6. If traffic gets stopped on the highway, we are usually fairly direct with people to keep moving to avoid an accident. Sometimes this comes across roughly or rudely, but it is really for safety.

In most places in this country carpooling is encouraged. A-Basin is not different. There is no question that the less cars on the road, the more enjoyable the driving. There is no question that there is a green benefit to carpooling. There is also no question that, at A-Basin, the fewer cars (or the more carpoolers) the closer in everyone gets to park. Last spring we started leaving about 50 spots in Early Riser for carpoolers in an effort to encourage carpooling. This season, during the mid-day transition time at Early Riser, we have been allowing the people that carpool in first.

It is our objective to maximize our parking and get everyone in as close as possible. Our parking plan is created to do the best for everyone that visits The Basin. The plan is not designed to favor any demographic of skier over another. The skier set on parking in a very specific spot at a specific time, particularly in Early Riser at mid-day on a busy day may be disappointed. I apologize to those of you that have been upset with us at those times. Some of you have spoken loudly and clearly that you don't like us saving spots for carpoolers. We hear you and recognize there is room for us to do better. We will continue to improve our system and get those recently emptied spots in Early Riser filled as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

Lastly, skiing and riding at A-Basin is a beautiful thing. Parking here, even on a busy day in Upper Last Chance, is still vastly easier than parking at any other Summit County ski area. It is good karma to be nice to your parking attendant. He or she is doing their best to get you riding as soon as possible.

Thanks.


11 comments:

Brownjuan said...

"Parking here, even on a busy day in Upper Last Chance, is still vastly easier than parking at any other Summit County ski area." Boy, ain't that the truth! That reason is one of many why people like to ski the Basin, the compact base area with parking lots immediately adjacent. And, no fur coats.

Anonymous said...

I love the Basin and almost everything about it. However, it seems to me that the parking issues will only get worse with the Beavers expansion.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Regarding The Beavers, the issues I was addressing have nothing to do with capacity. They were guest service issues relating to how we fill parking spots left by mid day departures. While busy over the holidays, we never came close to filling our lots.

Anonymous said...

I have never had a problem parking at A-Basin. I just go where the parking lot person points. Sometimes it's a so-so spot sometimes I get lucky and end up near the beach.

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me what people have the nerve to complain about. The worst parking spot I ever got at the Basin was still better than the best free spot at Keystone. The free parking at Breck must be in a different zip code. Free parking at Vail? LOL. Base heads don't know how good they got it.

If you get waved past the Early Riser lot, get up earlier next time. Don't like the carpool spots? Make some friends.

Rodney Ramsay said...

Subaru required for High Noon front row.

Anonymous said...

The parking crew is top notch. I got stuck last spring and help came fast and I got on my way shortly after

Anonymous said...

The person who complained about parking on the "Perfect Day" blog day doesn't have a clue. Show up to any ski area at noon on a busy day and you can't expect to get a good parking spot. Oh, and over the holiday break to boot. The only way to park where you want is to get up early, or carpool. Deal with it...

Ski2BeUNMe said...

I think the one guy mouthing off about being turned away from Early Riser maybe had a point or two...I know I've done the same where it is super convenient to pull in, get on Pali, do a few runs and ski away.

I also have a family of 5 and the carpooling has helped. I wonder if a system where a "reserved" area (similar to Keystone) would help? Honestly, most times when I have 4+ it is more convenient to drop everything at 15 min along with all passengers and park wherever...

Maybe the policy is just there for the weekends...I'd agree that things near BMX are convenient for those with littler kids, but more toward the bottom of the lot those are not convenient at all with 4+ and most being little kids....they simply are heading to BMX.

Anonymous said...

A couple weeks ago I pulled into the 15 min. unload area to drop gear. Just me and my two small kids...too young to hang by themselves while I parked. Lot attendant jogged over to catch me and says "hey I have a spot for you" and directs me to a super convenient spot that must have opened up (was about 11am). Sweet!!
I can't imagine this happening anywhere else, but its not the first time someone at A-basin has gone out of their way to help me out.
Tip: if you absolutely must drive up to the closed gate by the early riser sign that says "lot full", please think before you pull back out onto Hwy 6. It's a highway.

paul hennig said...

Anybody complaining about A-Basins parking or anything else had better head for Aspine maybe they got valet parking for you