Sunday, May 10, 2015

Whew, That Was A Day

Today was quite the day up at The Basin. Thanks to all of you that came up this weekend to enjoy the fruits of this 18" storm. I was expecting a busy day and it was even busier than that. I am very appreciative of all of you that choose to make Arapahoe Basin part of your world. Despite the crowds today, the place had that special feel found only with our unique mountain and people. 

Do you think these people were jonesing to hike North Pole today?

The way this is going, people are going to start talking about extending the season.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree that there were great conditions today, but what I don't understand is why Norway remained closed when all lifts had 20+ minute lines

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Good question. It was a mechanical breakdown that happened Saturday afternoon. The part is being shipped from California. Very sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

Why is Norway even still there, how much more would it have been to have BMX make a turn after an unload station, and go up the Norway line, kind of like the Peak 8 Superconnect at Breck. They are both POMA lifts right??

Anonymous said...

A big thanks to the staff for helping to preserve the Basin vibe despite the crowds. I think with Norway down it shows the value of that lift to displace crowds. Hope you don't remove it as planned in a few years.

Jason said...

A big thanks to patrol for opening North Pole and keeping a lively sense of humor! I was one of those people "jonsing" to hike, but luckily at the front of that massive line.

Matt said...

So how did yesterday's crowd stack up against other busy days at A-Basin? Busiest day this year?

I talked to someone who said they've skied A-Basin 25 years, and never seen it anything coming close to yesterday. Alan, what's your take on that comment?

Anonymous said...

No, no, no. Abasin should not install overly massive lifts like Vail resorts. It was busy, awesome storm, no one else was open. Just because you can put more people on top of the hill faster, doesn't mean you should. I trust Al and his crew to do what's right. Run it like Vail and "The Legend" will be no more...

Anonymous said...

A huge thanks to the ski patrol for getting the East Wall open on Saturday. The skiing was unbelievable for mid May.

Anonymous said...

A-Basin isn't Vail. HSQ's are expensive, not to mention they are more subject to wind holds than fixed grip lifts. Although I do agree that Norway shouldn't be removed in case Lenawee breaks down.

Dave said...

Totally agree with the sentiment against removing Norway. An excellent alternative to Lenawee on super busy days. The desired surface lift from Lenawee to Zuma in the Master Plan, on the other hand, seems unnecessary. That is such a short jaunt.

Was up yesterday - riding was superb. Was stunned how packed the lots were for a Monday in May. Where are all these folks coming from? Didn't expect to have things to myself, but it looked more like a weekend in peak season.

Anonymous said...

I like the old lifts, but I wouldn't mind a safety bar.

Anonymous said...

Ok, Breck has close 700 ski/ride instructors alone. By themselves, they ARE a big resort.

And there is a complexity to manage all that. But nobody asked them to become so gargantuan.

VR is like esting @ taco bell and a-basin is like eating @ pinche taqueria :-}

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Busiest day I ever saw.