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look at the length of that lift line!

 

 

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

look at the length of that lift line!

 

 

The horde of lemmings has arrived. Must have WROD. Must have WROD.

post #3 of 29

While I get as excited as everyone else to go skiing, that scene just does not get me fired-up.  That looks more like Seven Springs or one of those southern resorts.

 

Long lift line, snowmaking in progress, one run, made-made conditions, and crowds.

 

Meanwhile there will be days this winter and spring when the place is open rope-to-rope with fresh snow and it will be empty.

 

I'll save my days off for when there is good skiing.

post #4 of 29

I looked at the cam about 715 this morning and they already had a line.   CO skiers are dedicated for sure.

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I would love to ski opening day sometime.  It would be more about the party than the skiing for me.  WINTER IS COMING!

post #6 of 29

That looks... umm... fun?  I barely have the patience to wait in a line that long on a boot deep powder day.

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Originally Posted by river-z View Post

I would love to ski opening day sometime.  It would be more about the party than the skiing for me.  WINTER IS COMING!

 

You got it, it is about the celebration, not the awesome conditions.

 

Also, that line is huge for one WROD, but it is not as bad as it looks.  Normally it would be much wider and they would do the whole "front row up" routine.  Now, the WROD is not wide enough at the bottom of the hill, so the line is much longer.

post #8 of 29

I once skied opening day, early Nov. at Blackcomb with about 4 lifts open on the upper mountain and Whistler closed there were about 5k people skiing, all from Whistler, none that I met from out of town. 20 minute line ups in the singles line and bigger crowds in the regular line.

 

Fresh snow (slush) over night and there were about 1k skiers for day 2. Seemed like the big deal for locals was to be able to say you skied opening day. With a pretentious place like Whistler, I would have thought you could just BS about skiing opening day. Maybe some did.

post #9 of 29

Skied opening day at Baker a few years ago to minimal lines and tit deep pow all day, oh wait... that was the day before opening.

post #10 of 29

Opening day + Powder day (there was 1" of new) = big line

 

Snow was good, I could still make them turn on command, no close calls.

Day 1 in the books.

post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

Opening day + Powder day (there was 1" of new) = big line

 

Snow was good, I could still make them turn on command, no close calls.

Day 1 in the books.

 

Nice work.  How long were you there and how many laps?

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Nice work.  How long were you there and how many laps?

We only stayed for three laps. The first two waits were about 10-15 minutes but the third time down the line had grown 50%.

I only live  7 miles down the road so it's not a big deal to quit early.

post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

Opening day + Powder day (there was 1" of new) = big line

 

Snow was good, I could still make them turn on command, no close calls.

Day 1 in the books.

 

Sounds like dust on WROD rather than a powder day.

 

Still, if I had an Abay pass, I'd want to be there.

 

Wolf Creek is still bare. I'm starting to fear for the scheduled opening November 2.

post #14 of 29

A-WROD starts in CO.  Not NY.

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Originally Posted by champagneforbreakfast View Post

 

Nice work.  How long were you there and how many laps?

 I was in line at 10:20 am (probably the worst time of the day); within an hour, we had skied 2 laps, purchased mugs, and ordered a beer. So it wasn't awful. Fun to be there. Ate lunch at noon, went back out at 1? Skied 5 more laps (much shorter lines), hung out in the parking lot for a while ... it was nice. :-)

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 I was in line at 10:20 am (probably the worst time of the day); within an hour, we had skied 2 laps, purchased mugs, and ordered a beer. So it wasn't awful. Fun to be there. Ate lunch at noon, went back out at 1? Skied 5 more laps (much shorter lines), hung out in the parking lot for a while ... it was nice. :-)

Great way to start the year, very well the same way you will end it. 

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Great way to start the year, very well the same way you will end it. 

Most likely!

post #18 of 29

Locals call opening day at A-basin the white ribbon of death. Too many intoxicated college students laying all over the place. Good chance to practice those tight turns though. Best enjoyed from the lodge deck with beer in hand.

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WROD = white ribbon of death

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by SoreFootDenver View Post

Locals call opening day at A-basin the white ribbon of death. Too many intoxicated college students laying all over the place. Good chance to practice those tight turns though. Best enjoyed from the lodge deck with beer in hand.

NO WAY!

 

Actually, in my 7 runs yesterday, I didn't have any close calls or even any worries. Got stuck behind a slow boarder at the top once. We watched for a while at the bottom, when we were done, and most were skiing/riding about the same speed, which lessens the risk of collisions. I saw a couple of people straightline out of the terrain park, but they weren't close to anyone. I've definitely seen worse.

 

I rode up the lift once with a little park rat who was using two completely different skis, a Line and a K2, one 15m and the other 18m radius. He said turning was a bit weird, but he was getting the hang of it. 

post #21 of 29

Glad you had a nice day. Certainly a better experience than my one opening day visit. beercheer.gif

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Originally Posted by SoreFootDenver View Post

Glad you had a nice day. Certainly a better experience than my one opening day visit. beercheer.gif

As many people and PBRs were there, I was surprised. Stuck to the left side, underneath the snowmaking and on the other side from the terrain park, and it was quite nice. I never went to opening day before, because I figured it would be a mess. It wasn't too much of a mess, though, just a little. ;-)

post #23 of 29

Opening day was its normal Zoo. Long lift lines, one run and very mixed abilities. Enjoyed skiing with Stevesmith7,his wife along with Geoffda for 3 runs and headed home. Returned this morning at 9am to find the expected shorter lift lines. Made about 8 laps and left at 10:30. Will ski tomorrow and skip the renewed weekend madness. Sorry we missed you segbrown.

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I made the mistake of hitting Vail on opening day a few years ago.  90 minute lift lines are not my idea of a good time, so that's a never-again experience.

 

I hit the local hill on opening day about every other year.  It's usually just me, a couple dozen boarder kids, a few patrollers, and bumphreak out on the WROD.

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

I rode up the lift once with a little park rat who was using two completely different skis, a Line and a K2, one 15m and the other 18m radius. He said turning was a bit weird, but he was getting the hang of it. 

 

Huh? 

post #26 of 29

Last year I hit Baker on opening day.  It was a deepish, powderish day (knee deep and somewhat on the heavier side) with big crowds, everything was open; no WRODs in this neck of the woods.  Great conditions for day 1.

 

However, I got stuck on chair 8 for over an hour.  They even started evac but then called it off because the  chair got started.  Nobody said anything to me after I finally got off, no nothing.

 

I decided that I'll skip opening day at Baker from now on.  I've had something go bad every time I've done it.  Somehow, I never have a problem on opening day at Stevens.

post #27 of 29

Any update on the conditions?  Thinking about going up on Sat.

post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by chris holowiski View Post

Any update on the conditions?  Thinking about going up on Sat.

 

Ramrod opens on Saturday.  So there are now two WROD. 

 

http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2012/10/ramrod-saturday.html

post #29 of 29

Last Saturday sucked for skiing but even a bad day of skiing is better than nothing. Lines and wait times were huge. Ramrod was nice and icy in some spots. You've got to love the smokers in the lift lines... I guess they can't read. Did 2 laps each on ramrod and high noon and called it a morning. 

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