Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rough Start, Great Finish

Yesterday was perfect. Today started a little wobbly. Just before 8 this morning, our Lift Maintenance Supervisor, BJ, called and told me Black Mountain Express would not open due to a mechanical problem. Well, that certainly put a kink in things. Luckily BJ and crew got after the issue, made a significant repair and the lift opened at 11:54. Thank you to everyone that patiently stuck with us. I apologize for the inconvenience.

The good news of the day was that it more or less snowed all day. I didn't get on the hill until about 1:30. After a quick tour of the Front Side and Zuma Bowl I closed the day with a power hour riding Pali Lift. The heaviest snow fell then and each run was better than the last. A great follow up to a rough morning.



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any insight on why the pass was so slow? 3 hours from A-basin to i70 via the pass. We left at 4.

Anonymous said...

The pass was slow because there were too many people on it. We live in Silverthorne and couldn't even get to the grocery store yesterday.

Anonymous said...

this isn't CDOT bro

Turbos mom said...

Snow+ increasing traffic every year+I 70 with no mass transit= traffic woes.

Anonymous said...

Post new years traffic combined with the weather combined with every radio station telling people to avoid the tunnel. Everyone took the pass, and they were metering VERY slowly to allow people onto 70. Also took me exactly 3 hours.

Anonymous said...

because CDOT was metering traffic from silverthorne up to the eisenhower/johnson tunnels, where they have street lights. it turns into 4 lanes right before the eastbound tunnel, and when the light flips green the front 4 cars go through, then the next line does the same. they cut off loveland pass onto i70 completely at the street lights there at the on ramp at one point because the traffic coming east from silverthorne was so heavy/conditions not ideal/people who dont know how to drive in snow or dont have capable vehicles...etc.

welcome to the end of a holiday AND a weekend.

Anonymous said...

I heard yesterday they were metering people on the pass so no one was at a standstill in an avalanche zone. We waited at 6th alley until 6, still took 1.5 hours to 70 :/

Anonymous said...

They try to prevent people from waiting in avalanche paths, but thats not the hold-up - you're waiting your turn to merge onto I70 either way.

Anonymous said...

Why is the pass slow? Metering. I am skeptical of the benefits of this and think Abasin should help hold CDOT to account if the issue continues.

I would love to trust CDOT's strategy, but when you have a metering system at the tunnel coming up from Silverthorne that takes a known three lane highway and asks everyone to get into four lanes (when it is snowing the natural reaction is...huh?...where?...what?) immediately before restricting it into two, well...that is just stupid folks. Straight up stupid. Nobody gets it and you just have people confused and spinning tires from a dead stop, slowing things further.