Originally Posted by crgildart
I wish I had known the particulars of hiking and skiing the bowl when I was there mid 80s. Still enjoyed the resort as much as any I've ever skied. This is on my bucket list, and I will definitely wait for the Cat rather than hike. How much is it these days?
The cat is free and covers the easiest third of the hike, but it helps alot. It can get a line, because a lot of the people just go up for pictures. Anachronism covers the history of the bowl pretty well. They did limited guided trips into the bowl in the early 80's I was lucky enough to get on one. Then we once hid in the trees until patrol did sweep and spent the night in the patrol shack on top.
Skiing the bowl down to the Tlazy 7 ranch before 8am.
But after Chris, Tom and Craig were killed, pretty much everyone stayed away.
Mac Smith is the Patrol Director and is mostly responsible for the opening the bowl.
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
That's interesting. You guys have very good snow conditions right now, correct? I'm surprised you didn't have any lines.
We are ALWAYS very busy over the Christmas/New Year's period. Matter of fact, yesterday (Jan 1, 2014) was the all-time record for skier days at Jackson Hole. A shade over 8,000.
The top ten days for skier visits in our history have all been between December 28 and Jan 1.
No myth here.
There are some lift lines, but you can easily avoid them with a little planning.
Aspen's four resorts saw about 20,000/day at it's peak. Most of the traffic is out at Snowmass with around 12,000 and a big day at Aspen Mt. is 3,000.
Aspen's total lift capacity is 63,400, with Snowmass being 34,500 of that and Aspen at 13,400.
Jackson's lift capacity is listed at 16,700.