Friday, May 19, 2017

Just As Expected

Today went just about exactly as we expected. We reported 12 inches of new snow, 21 inches in two days. I call that 2 feet. When the clouds cleared, the views were amazing. Check out the East Wall picture from this morning. The skiing was tremendous. Our parking lots filled at 9:40. By 11:45 enough people had left that we stopped staffing the entrances and let people park just about wherever. People that arrived before 9:40 had one raging ski day. People that arrived after 11:45 had one raging ski day. Several people that arrived between 9:40 and 11:45 were unhappy. 18 cars that were parked atrociously on the highway were towed.

For the next couple of days, get here early or come in the afternoon. Read yesterday's blog post. Saturday and Sunday the Summit Stage is running. Park at River Run in Keystone and catch the bus. 

CARPOOL. CARPOOL. CARPOOL.

With a little planning, it is easy to get here and have fun.

The day was magical.


20 comments:

John L. said...

Plan on being there between 6:00-7:30 AM if you want to park. The lots were full by 9:30 (which means you are turned away) but there was a hour long traffic jam today just to get to the lots so that would mean plan on being there before 8:00 if you want a chance at parking.

Unknown said...

Alan, A huge thanks to lifties and Ski Patrol for helping me get to my other set of skis after blowing out a binding today!

Anonymous said...

Have you guys ever considered getting off the Epic passes? It's one of the few options to solve your crowd and parking issues. And please stop implying like this is a rare anomaly.

Anonymous said...

I arrived at 7am, with time to eat breakfast, stretch and get in the line for Pali (10th chair)! Fantastic day!!

Dr. Karl Hudnut, ADK Consulting, LLC. said...

There is in fact a very short prayer that we recite after a day like this: "Thank You Mountain!"

Anonymous said...

Just to provide some feedback - I used to get A-Basin season passes every year. Now I go elsewhere, not because elsewhere has better terrain, services, staff, or snow, but because I don't want to deal with Epic lines. Vail Corp is not what skiing is about and it's a shame what's happened with the crowding at A-Basin, not just in late season, but year round. Obviously you guys have a business to run, and I'm sure it's hard to turn down the Wal-mart of skiing, but I'm also sure there's a lot of core skiers like myself waiting in the wings to come back if your market strategy changes.

-70 days\$2k in resort spend a year

Ryan said...

The agreement between Vail Resorts and Arapahoe Basin that keeps Arapahoe Basin on the Epic Pass was renewed in the spring of 2016. That agreement has a number of years attached to it, what that exact number is is a highly guarded secret between the two companies. As I understand it, to sever that agreement prematurely would cost Arapahoe Basin dearly financially, and with a roughly $10 million expansion into the Steep Gullies and the Beavers over the next two years there isn't exactly alot of extra cash to go around right now.

But yes, I would like to see Arapahoe Basin not renew the agreement the next time it expires and go their own way, and possibly forge a new pass with Loveland Ski Area. Imagine Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area on the same pass....now that would be the true locals' pass!!!

Anonymous said...

I arrived after 12pm and the gate was closed at the first parking lot by the base. The sign said to continue on to more parking. I decided to splurge instead of searching for a far away spot and paid for parking and there was one spot I could see. I could see down into the the first lot when I parked and there were spaces available. I saw plenty of cars leaving on 6 heading west so I knew there must be some spaces. If you are gonna close gates when there IS parking that is annoying. Those attendants know if cars leaving and they know if spaces are available. Open the gates and let us look if we want to. It is only our time we are wasting but maybe a senior citizen does not want to hike more than necessary. Did enjoy the skiing! But not the $30 bucks for parking when free spots were there.

Anonymous said...

Do I hear comments that Epic pass holders are not locals? So who came yesterday, skiers from Louisiana? It were not skiers from Texas yesterday who made long lines.

Nothing wrong with riding 15 minute
shuttle if the lot is full.

Michael Heyman said...

And adding the Beavers and steep gullies will just magnify this problem. No clue why they would ever expand into new terrain instead of fixing existing issues. #shouldasavedthebeavers!

Anonymous said...

At least they are using the money from Vail resorts and busy days back into the mountain....look at all they are investing to improve parking, adding terrain you have to walk out of, and top of the line slow speed fixed grip chairs! Obviously management here cares mainly about their pockets and not the mountain and their customers.

Unknown said...

Can someone explain why they closed the Palin lift mid day? That was a disaster! Glad I was just finishing my amazing powder runs at that point.

A bay my mistress said...

Complain to Breckenridge, I only ride abay and have no issues with this place, everyone comes here because they stay open later in the season. Most of you treat my mountain like garbage and then turn around and talk trash about it. A basin is the best place on earth, go elsewhere if you don't agree, but don't complain because they are the only mountain still open this late close to Denver. A bay for life!

Cody Daniel said...

Well there are a whole lot of new residents in the greater Denver area as well... population and crowds get worse as time goes on.... ever been to Loveland on opening day? It's a mad house and they're not on the epic pass......

Cody Daniel said...

The problem is that they're literally the only open mountain for what 500+ miles.... they need more parking lots

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

We had to replace a sheave wheel on Tower 10.

Dfalliaux said...

People bitching about crowds on weekends and powder days are hilarious! Epic has nothing to do with the crowds! Do you really believe the crowds would lessen if Epic weren't in the mix? Just about every avid skier/boarder I know considers these late season storms priceless and would pay whatever the price to make turns in this snow. Powder days, weekends are going to be packed regardless...The lots need to be shut down at a set time (we all know when this time is) and from that point on only shuttles and busses service the area. The people parking on the highway are making the scene very dangerous.

Anonymous said...

You're my hero!!

Anonymous said...

Don't we sound like a selfish twit.

Curtis Johnson said...

That would be amazing!!