Monday, March 16, 2020

Our Employees

This closure has been especially difficult on our employees. A few of our people can work from home, but most of our work isn't really focused that way. Some people are working. The rest of them are standing by...............waiting. I know a few of them slipped off to the desert for a bit. Some of them are back country skiing. All are trying to figure it out. The uncertainty is trying. In the rush of Saturday's events, we chose to pay everyone for whatever they were schedule to work this week. We are working intensely trying to figure out our plan for week 2.

Normally, I might say, "hug a liftie." Don't do that, but take a minute to share some good vibes towards those Basin folks that try and make your ski days a little better.


19 comments:

Unknown said...

You all are the best! From the instructors for my son's Kids Club Arapahoe this past winter, to the security gentleman always with a smile, your front office staff happily replacing my boy's lost pass, all the most helpful patrollers, and your most generous uphill policy. It is your staff, the folksy feel of the place, and some of the best skiing around that keeps my son and I coming back.

Anonymous said...

Week 2? All I have heard is a one week closure until the 22

Anonymous said...

Loveland ski area is closed for the 2020 season. 1 week closure no way!! Probably be a month or months of closed Colorado ski resorts. Resort skiers are hit in the mouth right now.
The backcountry is going off with lots of good snow coverage. The snowpack is generally very stable right now. Earn you turns !!

Chrissy said...

Like many others here in Summit, I live to ski. To live here is at times rough. Lots of jobs, harsh weather and a ton of snow removal make you just yearn for the time you can spend sliding down the snow. I don't think I am alone when I say that at this time of year we are all grateful for some sunshine and looking forward to a less crowded life during the spring season.

Now it feels like I did the hard work all season and have come up empty. Losing a couple of jobs sucks, but not being able to ski now that I have time REALLY sucks!! I'll go do the hikes, but I'd sure rather be at the Basin.

Al, I hope you can make the goal of opening up the mountain again! If you do, I would be happy to be a volunteer to do any task the Basin needs done to make that happen. I would love to support the mountain and its employees in any way I can. We all are desperately hoping to get the chance to all be "alone" together again soon!

Nick R said...

Hi Al, Thanks for the updates. I want to inquire about the possibility of paying all your employees during the time the Basin is shut down. One month of continued pay should be the minimum, and I would hope there would be some partial payment after that.

I appreciate the non corporate vibes at ABasin and I've been super happy with my switch from an Epic pass to an ABasin season pass a few years ago. However ABasin is owned by huge corporation with over 13.4 Billion in assets, Dream Unlimited. I understand when a small local business or restaurant can't pay their workers during this. But for a billion dollar company to only offer a weeks pay doesn't seem right. Dream Unlimited will come out of this economic downturn(recession?) just fine; The workers and staff however will be seriously hurt.

Anonymous said...

100% agree on this. AB is owned by a giant Canadian REIT. They definitely have the balance sheet to do what Nick suggests above. Will they step up?

Anonymous said...

Cant ski?

Backcountry is open for business...nice days to take a walk up a hill also.

Ski everyday all day if you like.

Anonymous said...

All ski areas are closed for the season..

Al mentioned that he may open in 4+ weeks. All up to guidance from state.

Either way, snow service is stable in the backcountry. Be aware of wet slides on pitch above 30...

Anonymous said...

This is why I love a basin. The larger resorts give prepared statements because they don’t want to open. There isn’t enough profit in it for them to turn the lifts with no food service for only pass holders at the end of the season.

Al and team actually want to open back up and take pride in their longest season in CO.

Thank you for understanding skiing, and not making your customers feel like a numbered pass holder, Please drop the IKON days for next year and keep it about the way skiing used to be

Knarf said...

re: "Anonymous Anonymous said...
Week 2? All I have heard is a one week closure until the 22"
You havean't been paying attention. The executive order is for one week and to re-evaluate at that time. The executive order by the Governor could go on for a month or more, not A-Basin's decision. A-Basin did not even set a date. When they announced they were closing it was "indefinitely".

Anonymous said...

Hell ya BC brother !!
Preach it !
Vail is shutting down all there Colorado resorts for the season too. But the bc is wide open till probably july.

Anonymous said...

If there is anything WE can do to help your employees, please let us know! The basin is a family.

David in WNC Mtns said...

Al,
The pain is hard for any of us to imagine. Be prudent is my only advice. Try and stay healthy. The world make be back to those basic needs we learned about in primary school.
Peace and good luck to all.

Anonymous said...

Sure you got a couple million you can give those employees?
You probably do. Their is tons of well to do millionaires up in the mountains. There money can insulate them. God bless the poor working folk living paycheck to paycheck living the ski bum lifestyle. Those people keep the chairs turning for all.

Anonymous said...

Kroger is hiring people to help stock shelves and for longer term positions.
The Census is hiring 1/2 million people for temporary jobs paying $16+, probably more in the mountain counties.
Just trying to help connect people with opportunities!
In my work, I have seen zero slowdown in construction and they've been in a massive nationwide labor shortage.

Anonymous said...

Why would they. They are a for profit REIT, not FIRC


Ej said...

If most ski areas are on Federal/ National Forest land, how can anyone be denied uphill access to that land?? The "ownership" aspect only applies to the lifts and other structures. Can anyone who knows the legal-ease answer this??

Also, I can't find anything in the Colorado State Constitution that gives the governor the power to close private business that are operating legally and obeying existing laws, regulations, health codes???

Anonymous said...

https://www.nga.org/consulting/powers-and-authority/#orders

https://www.nga.org/consulting/powers-and-authority/#emergency

You sound like the type of person that doesn't think climate change exists either. We have a Global Crisis and you can't understand how you could be restricted from using Federal land that can spread the virus by over crowding? SMH

Anonymous said...

Try skinning up that resort. The sheriff would probably show up and haul you off to jail in summit country for trespassing. Dude there are tons of low angle places that wont avalanche to tour up and down. This resort backcountry is turning people into totally scared wimps !