Monday, April 20, 2015

About The Parking - Tips For A Busy Day

Saturday was a big day at The Basin. It snowed most of the day. Many parts of the mountain, The East Wall, Lenawee Parks, North Glade and Columbine, have their best conditions of the season. The skiing was awesome and, literally, thousands of people had a very special day. Same on Sunday.

That said, more people showed up Saturday than we had parking for. To top that off, the highways were a mess with many delays causing lots of frustration for people. A few people left pissed. I feel bad for them and have a few travel tips that may really help.

In the spring, we sometimes have a day where we get a lot of new snow, the skiing is incredible, many or all other ski areas are closed, and more people show up than we have parking for. This happened Saturday and it happened last season May 11 (which was also an awesome ski day).

On really busy days, I encourage people to arrive early by 10:30 or 11:00 or wait until 1:00. I know that not everyone is an early riser. If you like to sleep in, do so. Drive into the mountains. There are plenty of great restaurants in Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Keystone to have lunch. Show up at The Basin about 1:00, get a good parking spot, enjoy a great day of skiing (these days are always linked to great conditions), have an early dinner in The 6th Alley, and drive home after the traffic has lightened up.

Now you wouldn't show up at Red Rocks for a big concert without tickets, drop in a downtown Denver hotel on a busy Saturday night without a reservation, or expect great seats at a pivotal Broncos game without tickets. No, you'd plan ahead. On these great days at The Basin you should also plan ahead. You should arrive early or arrive late. On a really special Spring Day, you should plan ahead just like you would for a game, a concert, or a busy hotel.

The Basin is a truly wonderful place full of wonderful people, both guests and employee. With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy it just about any day of the year.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be great if parking lot attendants actually patrolled the parking lot and enforced a couple policies:

* no lawn chairs in parking spots (seen this a bunch this season)
* park straight in on the beach and on the far side from the beach.

A sign at the entrance of the lots saying no more than 3 feet of room on either side of a vehicle might help too.

Anonymous said...

Great advice! I know that A-Basin does what it can to make sure everyone has a great skiing experience, and this communication is just one example.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Al to you and your team! Another great season, your lot guys do a great and thankless job year in and year out, we'll keep coming back!
One question:
-On days in the late season when all lots get full, is there a bus that runs from Keystone by any chance that people could catch?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

People hate signs...

i.e. "Slower Traffic Keep Right" gets ignored all the time even though their every few miles on the Interstate.

Anonymous said...

I see it differently. The increase in revenue and capturing some additional yield for ABasin by charging Vail resorts for each Epic Pass holder skier visit is reducing the value of ABasin's overall skier experience. I would rather pay more for a better ABasin experience because I value the experience and consider myself a core Abasin skier. I would prefer that other ABasin skiers be the sort who are also core ABasin skiers. If you are an Epic Pass, Super Pass, or whatever Pass skier, then I would rather you pay to play at ABasin with an exclusive ABasin pass product. Let's keep ABasin "core". ABasin Management, please place more value on the ABasin experience and less value on increasing skier visits. Please stop diluting the experience with bundled pass agreements.

Anonymous said...

Great tips on parking but lets get back to whats important. I understand its a small piece of a big mountain but when is hidden chute going to be taken off the perma close list!?! Patrol appears to be skiing it on the regular.

skiNEwhere said...

Seriously, what do people expect on a POW DAY?! Why would you even show up at 11 vs trying to get first chair?

Early bird gets the pow, enough said.

Anonymous said...

Great day today on the mountain! Thanks to all those working in the parking lots, those working and maintaining the lifts, and to patrol for working hard to get terrain open for us and for helping those who's day might not have gone exactly as planned. Had a fabulous day of skiing with my honey! Signed, The York/Nugget crew

Anonymous said...

Yes, there were busses running up from both Keystone and a lot just the hill from Keystone. Seems pretty simple, arrive early, arrive late or take a shuttle in the middle of the day. Oh what a problem, conditions so good that everyone wants to ski. I came out from Michigan and I can assure everyone of this, If a resort had the terrain and snow that A-Basin had on Saturday and Sunday the cars would have been lined up down to Dillon. Enjoy what you have, but if someone left because of poor planning on their part, they don't deserve the great skiing.

Anonymous said...

If you're encouraging people to show up at 1 why don't you keep the Pali chair open until 4 the way the dog food company that used to run the place did?

Anonymous said...

I just don't like being told I can't park in the beach lot because you're saving spots for families with kids. (during the week). rant over. love you al

Joannie Hollerbach said...

Yes--- a bus from Keystone Parking would be sooooo nice. We were just talking about that a couple weekends ago.

Anonymous said...

Tard...you don't own the mtn homie. Everyone is allowed to play at the Basin, even if you think you're "core". Sorry you're so peeved - maybe take up golf.

Dave said...

I find the 4/20 1:44 post by "Anonymous" (no wonder!) to be absolutely absurd and borderline offensive. That kind of protectionist/isolationist view didn't work for Hoover, Smoot, & Hawley, and it doesn't even deserve a mention in our wonderful world of snowsports either. Stoke is meant to be shared. The more people outside in the winter enjoying what our great Colorado mountains have to offer, the better. This is a community. We should be inclusive & welcoming. Growing the industry is good for a lot of folks' everyday bottom line. The continued Me-ification of American society is exhausting at times. Ugh. "Anonymous", if you want "core," there's plenty of lightly traveled terrain in the backcountry. Fortunately the attitude of people like you is a tiny minority (by far). The Basin is an amazing place meant to be shared by as many members of our community who choose to enjoy it as possible. Not walled off for a select few "core" skiers and riders. Give me a break.