Sunday, November 8, 2015

Deck Time

Yesterday was an ideal day for deck time at Black Mountain Lodge. I think today will be more of the same.



13 comments:

Cliff Kaelin said...

Be there Friday!

tkladd said...

When will more runs be open?

Anonymous said...

New runs open 11-2018 thanks

Anonymous said...

Al, hey this may not be the place to post this, BUT I think what you are doing in the 2nd floor of the bar is genius/overdue. That space is awesome and last season it was taken over by the 'Pack n' Play' crowd as early as 7am.

By putting a bar there (and I'm sure you know this) you are:

1. Going to breathe life into that 2nd floor area. It is truly a special place with the lift chairs, etc.

2. Totally boost your sales - that outdoor deck will now become more of the place to be. I feel you are going to put a waiter/waitress up there by the look of the pass-through windows. Genius.

3. Again, the space had gotten a little out of hand with people taking it over. Glad you guys are asserting some dominance over that space. The 2nd floor has plenty of "bring your own" areas so it shouldn't be a problem.

4. My only suggestion would be the bar seats that look over the "dropoff" - there needs to be a focal point TV there for football. NFL still has 12 weeks left and that bar is great, but people need something to look at.

Overall, awesome and I think it will be a great addition.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster above - that upper deck has been under-utilized for sure, and the updates to the interior sound like it will make for a better use of the space. Looking forward to checking it out. That said, as one of the 'Pack n Play' parents, I do hope that some thought may be given to an area where families with younger kids can gather in a space that is out of the ski boot traffic. To be clear, we never commandeer that whole area - we usually grab half a table, or a seat on the swings, and offer to share when it is busy. Two years ago, we used to set up on the other side of the A-frame 2nd floor, where we could find a quiet place to feed a baby or get him to sleep in a carrier. That was the only reason I was able to ski that year as a new mom. Last year, that space was often used for staff meetings and other group events, and it wasn't possible to sit over there on many of the days we were skiing. So there may not be as many bring your own areas as you think.

We love to make a day of it as a family on the slopes, and the ease with which we parents can switch in and out with the kids has been a major motivator behind our ABasin season passes every year. In addition to the great mountain of course. :-)




Anonymous said...

How about a post on the plans up there?

Anonymous said...

What ever happened with the Beavers area proposal btw?

Anonymous said...

While moving forward with the 2nd floor plans is a welcome change, what would be great would be doing something about all of the "ski clubs" that seem to take over in the early season. It's great that A-Basin is able to get the business from VAIL, Team Summit, and clubs from all over like Canada but it would sure be nice if it was limited to how many took over the place for a given day. It's really getting to a point that when you see the team jackets it's not even worth staying around, they tend to be rude and seem to have a hard time managing the lift line among other things.

Even mid-season it seems to get out of hand.

Turbos mom said...

The 2 nd floor of the a frame on the north side has been set up for families. You should check it out. Hopefully that will be a great space for young families. As for the the young racers, this could be our next Bode, or Lindsey. You never know where these kids will end up. This week I have seen some of the best skiers from all over the U.S., Canada, and many other countries come to train at a basin. Embrace it. Be glad you are sharing the slopes and the lodge with these athletes.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, tough to get upset about the early teams. Once Breck and Copper open they tend to spread out. I will admit it gets crowded up there, but hoping the northside is what is advertised for families. It seems the biggest snarl is at lunch. I know it sounds ridiculous, but possibly incentives like Vail used to offer for eating outside of 'normal' 11am - 1pm timeframe? That has to tax the cooking staff a bit, lines and certainly seating.

But I do think the top floor will absolutely kill if they can get that bar going, inject a little life onto that outside crow's nest area (or whatever it is called) and maybe put up a few more TVs for sports, ski-movies, whatever.

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Well said Turbos Mom.

Regarding the 2nd Floor, there are a couple of things up in the air. I will do a full post in a week or two. Doing it then will be much clearer and make more sense.

Anonymous said...

I am another "pack'n play" member. And believe me, when the bands start playing there is no worse place than that end of the a-frame but it was the least trafficky for babies to crawl around last season. If they changed the other end: great!

The teams flood the a-frame shortly, early and then they are gone. Crowds are part of the deal. I have never been taken down by a team member though. I can not say the same of spring breakers or others.

Some of them are quite amazing: charging down turbo at full speed. I can live with that

Anonymous said...

Al you guys rock...hope yall never loose the ability or the want to communicate with everyone. .. the commentary on this site has been just amazing for years...from calling folks out when needed...to thanking people as well...this site says it all!!!