Saturday, March 21, 2020

Pali Chair by McKenzie Hart

Check out the wonderful article by McKenzie Hart in Mountain Town Magazine.

Pali Chair by McKenzie Hart


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, just realized that if the Basin doesn't reopen, I have had my last ride on the Pali. Bummer. Glad I pushed till last chair that day before heading to the tailgate for a beer. 22 years on Pali for me, I'll miss the old girl, but look forward to a brighter future on the new chair.

BTW McKenzie, there are 132 chairs ;) But great article, many have had similar experiences over the year on that amazing chair, some get it, some don't.

Bobbydee said...

McKenzie has a spirited relationship with the old two seater. The name of the lift is Pallavicini and probably should have been nicknamed "Palla" and not "Pali". Alan Henceroth calls it Pali in Al's Blog and McKenzie spells it like it sounds.

I always pronounced Cervinia as "Sur-veen-ee-uh" until an Austrian woman at Vail told me it was "Chur-veen-ee-uh".

I am 66 and have been riding Pallavicini Lift since it was installed and got in 5 days last May at A-Basin on my Epic Local Pass. Mostly did laps on Zuma and Beavers on the groomers and got in 30 lift rides and 33,010 vertical feet on Friday, May 3, 2019.

I can remember my first time at A-Basin in spring, 1974 when I was 19 years old.

Anonymous said...

The first time I rode Pali, the hop got the best of me. I have let people take the chair before me because I rather enjoy the quietness between the trees (before the adrenaline rush) by myself than chitchatting with a knucklehead.

I agree with the writer, that combination of speeds makes for some intimate moments: fear, bliss, etc.

Chrissy said...

It would be terrible to end the Pali legacy the way this season is ending. Hope we all get to ride her at least one more time!!

C Randall said...

Hey Al-

Any potential change in plans for the Pali Chairs? Perhaps allocate a larger number for a specific donation amount that will go to A-Basin Employees or Summit County Services in need?

Just a thought?

Anonymous said...

Great article... Thanks! I remember first reading about "The Pali in Powder Magazine (or Skiing? I wish I still had a copy of the article). Probably circa 1993 or so. They called it "The Best Double-Chair in North America". As a young ski racer in New Jersey, the whole place just seemed other-worldly... When I briefly visited Colorado 10 years later, skiing the Pali wasn't even a consideration, and when I moved here five years after that, it may as well have been a pilgrimage. I've been incredibly lucky to spend several hundred days over the last decade riding the Pali and exploring the mountain. It is such a special place, and such a special thing. But all the days I've skied here thus far haven't begun to satiate my desire to ski there tomorrow. Thanks to everyone at AB for all your effort making the magic happen!

Anonymous said...

My possibly last ride on Pali was with She Jumps as a volunteer for their jr Ski Patrol event. Those kids ripped! Had a blast that day sharing my love of skiing with the next generation.

Unknown said...

I love palichair the way it is. I will still buy a season ticket for next and hope A Basin scales back on up grading plans that will change my pali ascent

Roberts said...

Many memories from Pali Chair. I made many friends and family there! You will be missed.

Mike said...

Hey Al, what's going on with the Pali Party? I know tickets were supposed to go on sale this week but I'm guessing it's cancelled now

Anonymous said...

Pali party? Thats a wrap you ole spider.

Mike said...

Mostly curious if its cancelled entirely or if they're going to just postpone until things calm down. I feel like Pali deserves the party regardless of when it actually happens.

Anonymous said...

Hello Al! Just heard rumor that you will not remove the classic double chair after this season because some of us never got to ride it!? Any truth?

Nick said...

I'll never forget the legendary storm of March '03, when I took a semester off from college and lived in Summit County for the ski season. I had the old fashioned thin skis and basically learned how to ski deep powder taking Pali laps on a day with 24'' fresh. My buddy decided to jump the Pali cornice at full speed and had an epic yard sale that drew loud applause from the whole lift.

I take my 5 year old to A Basin a few days a year now, he's definitely not ready for Pali yet, but will hopefully enjoy the new one.

Hoping to get one last day out there in May or June.