Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Guest Services / Tickets / Music

Finished. The signs are up. The phones and computers are working. We're selling tickets and passes. We're helping people. Some great musicians have played on the stage. The building remodel is done.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dumb question for sure, but after being up this weekend and looking some pics of what looked like a lodge (overnight) that burned down I had this question. Did the Basin ever have any sort of overnight lodge and, if so, would there be land or desire to ever do something like that again? With all the improvements, the longer season and A-Basin really finding its niche just got thinking.

Probably not on the radar as it is a huge undertaking and headache, but always curious of future plans.

Anonymous said...

As much as I would love to wake up and walk to pali, it would really change the vibe. I think. As I said once: abasin is like eating @ pinche taqueria and resorts are like taco bell

Anonymous said...

I'm not eager to see lodging near Abasin, but would love to hear an update on the Beavers terrain expansion.

Anonymous said...

It may not be allowed if you are in the National Forest.

Dave

Anonymous said...

Is that even a serious question?

ABasin is for skiing. If you want hotels and fancy restaurants go to Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, etc.

Anonymous said...

"Longer season"? "All the improvements"? "Finding its niche"? Based on those statements I'm pretty sure the comment above is just having fun to get people riled up. Opposite day maybe?

Jake

Anonymous said...

Sleeping a bit at a lower altitude likely results in a better ski day.

Anonymous said...

All the improvements of past 10 years:

BMX
Black Mountain Lodge
Revamped 6th Alley and Perch
New Kids Center
Montezuma Bowl
Guest Services Building
Beavers Expansion (announced)

I'm sure I'm missing a few others, but have any of the above ruined the A-Basin experience?

. said...

and to think it all started with the bronze goats.

Anonymous said...

the bronze goats have definitely gone to people's heads. the goats are flashy and if we stay on this dangerous road of improvements and expansions, next thing we know there will be christian rock radio stations broadcasting from the beach and abasin will become merely another peak of breckenridge.

Anonymous said...

New improvements (or newish)

BMX Lift
Black Mountain Lodge
Montezuma Bowl
New Kids Center
6th Alley revamp and outdoor perch
New Guest Services renovation
The Beavers (expansion) and...
(drumroll)
The Goats!

With all these improvements A-Basin is like a JV Vail. Ha.

But seriously, have any of these ruined the core personality of the place?

I think A-Basin has been an incredible steward of keeping their little niche of skiing (authentic, personable, localish) the way people want it, but still managing to improve the experience in a responsible manner that boosts the bottom line. I wouldn't expect anything different in the future.

A lot of people would like A-Basin to not even put a coat of paint on and

Anonymous said...

New improvements (or newish)

BMX Lift
Black Mountain Lodge
Montezuma Bowl
New Kids Center
6th Alley revamp and outdoor perch
New Guest Services renovation
The Beavers (expansion) and...
(drumroll)
The Goats!

With all these improvements A-Basin is like a JV Vail. Ha.

But seriously, have any of these ruined the core personality of the place?

I think A-Basin has been an incredible steward of keeping their little niche of skiing (authentic, personable, localish) the way people want it, but still managing to improve the experience in a responsible manner that boosts the bottom line. I wouldn't expect anything different in the future.

Mark Matis said...

Sounds like some of you think that Alta has the right idea...
}:-]

Steve Clinkscales said...

I am probably one of the few folks who did "lodge" onsite at A-Basin.

On New years eve, 12/31/1977, a few members of the Metropolitan State College Intramural ski racing team spent the night in the loft/dorm of the A-Frame lodge. I remember ironing p-tex and wax onto my 203cm C4's in preparation for a slalom race the next day. Later that evening, around midnight, a couple of the lift operators and employees decided to ski in the New Year and opened the lift for 10 or 15 minutes up to mid-mountain. This memory is a bit hazy due to a few beers, but it is a great memory. I fell in love with ABasin when I had a season pass from 1974-1980 - those were the days!!

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Great story Steve. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So was there a overnight lodge at one point? The pics on the 2nd floor make the A-Frame look lodge-like, but can't confirm it actually existed despite a few searches.

Anonymous said...

Here's a blast from the past - remember this NY Times article forecasting the beginning of the end for the Basin?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/us/15basin.html?_r=0

I'm sure there are a lot of Mr. Shirk's out there, but I think most of us approve of all the changes and additions.