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Is opening day a madhouse at your mountain?

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 

In another thread several people have mentioned that crowded slopes, high enthusiasm, and limited terrain/thin coverage make opening day especially dangerous at their mountains.  Is this the case at yours? 

post #2 of 39

Yup. Darn near a sell out this year. The few groomers that were groomed were exceptionally narrow. Many people immediately hit the steepest inbounds terrain on limited coverage. Zoo.

post #3 of 39

hidden hazards present. once a person ran his skis under a horizontal, fallen tree. another person hit a stump. this trying to get off piste when there was none.

also, it's weird how people are more into showing off the first few days. and then they have to make something out of nothing, which leads to trouble.

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Yup. Darn near a sell out this year. The few groomers that were groomed were exceptionally narrow. Many people immediately hit the steepest inbounds terrain on limited coverage. Zoo.


Absolutely!  It was crazy and dangerous.  I was interested to notice that it was closing in on being 100% boarders as well.  There were VERY few skiers visible.  This is in comparison to the usual amount of about 60% boarders.

 

I went back two days later on Sunday, the skiing was great and the crowd was small.  I skied right onto the chair most of the time.

 

post #5 of 39

I didn't make it to Crystal on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday were both pretty chill.  Lots of people in the parking lot, but they dispersed well on the mountain. 

post #6 of 39

Yeah, only one trail open, don't know why I bother. Will probably try and get three or four runs in right as soon as they open on Saturday and then go home. 

post #7 of 39

Doubt you're interested in the tiny hill at which I normally celebrate the beginning of the season, but....

 

Not a madhouse at all.  Usually it's an opening night and it's somewhat impromptu in an asap sorta way.  I get the feeling that the employees might out number the ticket purchasers.  Spirits are no doubt high but even with only an area the size of a tilted football field (just a guess) open, the 'crowd' doesn't make me feel like my safety is in jeopardy.

post #8 of 39

Couldn't tell you. Why folks would line up for WROD is beyond me. I'll wait till they're at least 60% open with real snow at least adding some color in the trees. I can wait, not missing a thing.....

post #9 of 39

Was at Crystal on Sunday and wow what a blue bird day. Took the old beat up skis, and I am sure glad I did lots shit  still on the ground received two core shots. So ya begging of the year take old skis.

post #10 of 39

Snowmass opened from top of the Burn, down to the village.  The ASC always opens earlier than scheduled to avoid the mob scene.  I got there at 8:25 and they were just starting to load, probably got 5th chair, no line.

 

1st runs were very good and just a slight line at 10:30ish.  Sunday, 1st chair and nobody there.

 

Aspen opens for the Aspen Valley Ski Club fund raiser tomorrow and will have better conditions, with top to bottom skiing.  Ruthie's side is close for the WC.  The girls say to course is good!

post #11 of 39

Mine doesn't open for another 11 days...

post #12 of 39

PMC, I thought you were in Canada and not skiing here this year?  I saw your location change and it sounded like you were in Canada for the season?  

 

Anyway, back to the topic.  We used to ski on Thanksgiving when they opened then and I don't remember it being an issue.  Since they stopped that, I have been waiting until the Monday after, but this year I am thinking about skiing day 2, a Sunday.  I'm hoping everyone will be Christmas shopping.  If I get there and find out otherwise, I will exit as soon as it gets mildly busy.  I like to be by myself...literally...the first couple of days of the season.  
 

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Mine doesn't open for another 11 days...



 

post #13 of 39

but how do you show off if you are by yourself?

 

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PMC, I thought you were in Canada and not skiing here this year?  I saw your location change and it sounded like you were in Canada for the season?  

 

Anyway, back to the topic.  We used to ski on Thanksgiving when they opened then and I don't remember it being an issue.  Since they stopped that, I have been waiting until the Monday after, but this year I am thinking about skiing day 2, a Sunday.  I'm hoping everyone will be Christmas shopping.  If I get there and find out otherwise, I will exit as soon as it gets mildly busy.  I like to be by myself...literally...the first couple of days of the season.  
 



 



 

post #14 of 39

Opening night was incredibly dangerous at Grouse. The turnout was stereotypical bro brah meatheads on twintips and snowboards straightlining the only open run. The factors were:

 

Friday night opening, so the mountain was filled with single people under 25

Opening day itself, so everyone had pent up restlessness from six months of not skiing

A single WROD (white ribbon of death) open - fully tracked out into a sheet of ice 

Fed from a metro population of over 2 million people, and only one other hill open

 

Other posters have the right idea to wait until 60% of the hill is open. I'd be happy to do Whistler, for example, aside from the lineups stretching into the village :P

post #15 of 39

I don't ski to show off.  I'm not a male...

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Change of plans. I'm at Big again this year. (not a bad thing)
 

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PMC, I thought you were in Canada and not skiing here this year?  I saw your location change and it sounded like you were in Canada for the season?  

 

Anyway, back to the topic.  We used to ski on Thanksgiving when they opened then and I don't remember it being an issue.  Since they stopped that, I have been waiting until the Monday after, but this year I am thinking about skiing day 2, a Sunday.  I'm hoping everyone will be Christmas shopping.  If I get there and find out otherwise, I will exit as soon as it gets mildly busy.  I like to be by myself...literally...the first couple of days of the season.  
 



 



 

post #17 of 39

Wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Course, I was bored with the single piste on offer by 11, when most people started to arrive, and quit before lunch. I think the crisis will keep people away this year, if opening day is anything to go by.

post #18 of 39
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Couldn't tell you. Why folks would line up for WROD is beyond me. I'll wait till they're at least 60% open with real snow at least adding some color in the trees. I can wait, not missing a thing.....


Me too.

 

post #19 of 39

Opening day was waist deep pow. I got 4th chair, and made my way over to one of my favorite zones for first tracks, that surprising stayed pretty fresh for as long as I was physically able to keep going.

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Opening day was waist deep pow. I got 4th chair, and made my way over to one of my favorite zones for first tracks, that surprising stayed pretty fresh for as long as I was physically able to keep going.



I think I hate you. 

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Opening day was waist deep pow. I got 4th chair, and made my way over to one of my favorite zones for first tracks, that surprising stayed pretty fresh for as long as I was physically able to keep going.



Good for you, where?  I love big openings like that, but they're  hard on my body.     

 

post #22 of 39

 

Is opening day a madhouse at your mountain?

 

I have no desire to find out, even though I can't wait to hit the slopes.  Between limited terrain, and sell out crowds, and patchy snow cover, I can wait a couple of weekends.

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I think I hate you. 



 

I'm glad someone said it.

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Wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Course, I was bored with the single piste on offer by 11, when most people started to arrive, and quit before lunch. I think the crisis will keep people away this year, if opening day is anything to go by.



????  th_dunno-1[1].gif  confused.gif

 

there's a crisis.....

post #25 of 39

Only in Italy. Don't worry, we're in fine shape! rolleyes.gif

post #26 of 39
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Is opening day a madhouse at your mountain?


We opened on Thursday with our beginner chair & the main gondola.  Longest line I have ever seen on our main gondola.  Close to 2000 skiers on basically one run, was pretty much a madhouse for a few hours.  It has been pretty mellow since.  Our WROD is 2300' vertical & covered pretty well.  There are a few spots where you can get off piste safely for a few turns.

 

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JF

 

 

post #27 of 39

Holy crap 4ster, where do you ski? 

 

We're now two weeks past opening day at Cypress, and now you can just walk right up to a chair, then ski down without fear of getting splattered by a skier behind you. Tons of runs open now and much, much safer than my first night of the season at Grouse.

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I think I hate you. 



Not my vid, but an example of what was had.

 

 

 

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Not my vid, but an example of what was had.

 

 

 

 



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post #30 of 39

Meadow's looks good!  Anyone know if Monique Pellitier still works there?  Former US ski teamer and rad windsurfer.

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