Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Re-built Entrance To Early Riser

Some of you have been very justified to give me a hard time about how rough the upper entrance to Early Riser has been. The pot holes and lumps on it were horrible. Well, we spent the last couple of weeks re-building that driveway. That involved a significant excavation followed by the installation of geo-tech fabric, softball sized rock and lots of road base. The materials were graded and compacted and the entry is now much, much, much better.



15 comments:

Richard Mendell said...

This is good. Thanks for this you guys!

About 3 years ago, I took my MINI Cooper in this entrance and gritted my teeth. Last year, I took my lifted 4x4 in the same entrance and gritted my teeth. It had gotten that bad. :-|

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! My struts on my 1-year-old car are already worn out. OK, I can't say for sure that entrance was the reason why, buy I will sure enjoy the new surface. How come you guys don't just pave the lots? Would that be too expensive? Not allowed by USFS? Too much maintenance? No big deal, but I've always been curious.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered that too... why not pave that lot? BTW, Entrance looks great!

Anonymous said...

How does this help the parking problems you guys have? When locals that live less than fifteen minutes away have to leave hours before the lifts start turning just to ensure a parking spot you have a serious problem. Shouldn't have to worry about that type of thing when you can be to Abasin from home in less time then it takes a franger to get a starbucks. For the first time in a decade we will not be getting an abasin pass this year and it feels quite fantastic.

Anonymous said...

LOL #3, go to Vail... happy to have one less b**** at the basin.

Dan Scannura said...

much needed, thank you Al!!!!!!!!

dwylde said...

Hey anonymous local who lived less than 15 minutes away....try taking the shuttle and save on gas! Better for the environment, better for the full parking lot.....Parking problem solved! Or better yet....go somewhere else! FYI---early bird gets the worm (or spot in the lot).....

Anonymous said...

Nah man, the basin clearly needs to do this kind of stuff so our dear friends to the east don't bottom out their precious mid-size SUVS packed with rental gear and shitty attitudes.

Anonymous said...

This was a great off season improvement. I am also pretty sure the road/previous pot holes were not able to discern if the vehicle it consumed was from a local or a vacationer or heaven forbid someone from the front range on a weekend hah.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that every comment indicating that not everything is perfect at the Basin results in insults from "locals" with mocking suggestions to go to Vail, like that's the worst place that exists for skiiers

Dubl D said...

"Shouldn't have to worry about that type of thing when you can be to Abasin from home in less time then it takes a franger to get a starbucks."

Cute... as a current "franger" former "local" and a CO native, I love to hear all about how someone is magically more entitled to the mountain that everyone else. I got over this xenophobic nonsense back when I was a teenager, and I can tell you my days on the mountain are much happier.

Here are some pro tips to ease your heavy burden...
1. Get there early and have breakfast. It's delicious and supports the A Basin.
2. Park wherever you want and go hit some backcountry/slackcountry if the crowds bother you so much.
3. Sleep in and get there around noon - plenty of rockstar parking by then.
4. Get over it. EVERYWHERE is crowded on a pow day.

Don't ever forget that full parking lots keep the lifts running and tourist traffic affords us lucky few the privilege of having the place all to ourselves on a Wednesday in January. Having to park a little farther out every once in a while seems like a small price to pay.

Thanks for working hard to make it better for everyone Al - A Basin's my favorite place in the whole world.

Keith Limbird said...

I wholeheartedly agree. My favourite spot also.

Anonymous said...

The guy that can be there in 15 minutes should use those 15 minutes and head north to Lowes or True Value. Cause he sounds like a total tool.

Anonymous said...

^ GOT EMMMMMMMMMMMM

Anonymous said...

What Dubl D said!