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Night Skiing at Granby, CO (SolVista Basin)

post #1 of 13
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Anyone ever night ski at Granby (SolVista Basin)?  The website says they still hold night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights but it doesn’t say which run/lifts are open at night.  Anyone know?

 

With daylight savings, the sun won’t set until 7:30 and it should be pretty warm.  They may keep unlit runs open too.

post #2 of 13

I've never been to Sol Vista.

 

Aspen sometimes leaves the Bell Chair open till 5pm in the spring.  The runs in the sun are good, but anything in the shade starts to setup quickly.  I wouldn't count on the night skiing being that great in the spring.

post #3 of 13

I night-skied Solvista February 2006 when I stayed at condo near the highway at the bottom of the hill. When I did it, during President's week, it stayed cold enough that snow did not melt during the day so it did not get icy at night. The lift to the top on the left side of the mountain was open, but not all runs were lit. Runs open were not that challenging and I ducked into some unlit areas. But it was free and my first night in CO so I did it. My notes show 5 runs and 5K vertical feet. My wife and son were with me and did ski although my wife either waited in or met me in the bar where they had live music.
 

post #4 of 13
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Thanks tseeb.  It looks like there are about 8 top to bottom runs on that side.  Do you recall how many of them were open?  I'd be pretty disappointed if they only had 2 runs and the park open (not a park guy). 

 

It’s only 14 bucks so if the weather looks good I’m thinking about skiing there before doing a full ski day at one of the bigger mountains on Saturday. 

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It’s only 14 bucks so if the weather looks good I’m thinking about skiing there before doing a full ski day at one of the bigger mountains on Saturday. 

 

Its hard to beat $14, but I would pay close attention to what their snow condition is- the area is located on a hill in Middle Park (the large open area North of Winter Park where Fraser/Tabernash, etc. are located) and it is both less protected and gets much less snow than the surrounding area because it isn't part of a mountain range to draw the snow out.

 

I skied there once. I had a free pass, there was no fresh snow in Colorado, and my dad wanted to come, and he's strictly a groomed run green/blue skier.  I am a guy that usually really likes small ski areas, but I despised this place. The whole area is operated as a giant billboard to sell real estate at Granby Ranch, so expect to see pitch signs on every wall and every lift tower. The day I skied there, they had runs open that required hiking to avoid base damage- go halfway down the run and find a bare patch edge to edge (and dirt in the trees/scrub).

 

The mountain is very, very , very mild- generally green runs are bunny slope difficulty, blue runs are no more difficult than the easiest non-bunny hill green elsewhere, and black runs are easy blues. Virtually everything sees a groomer, and the "difficult" side of the hill is mostly scrub instead of trees, so no hunting glades for you, even if there is enough snow. The easy side of the mountain is pitched so flat that 3" of snow would probably be enough to stop the skis.

 

I'm not saying not to go- Night skiing is a different animal. But this hasn't been a wonderful ski year for that area of Colorado, so I would try and get a good idea of actual conditions (just because they say a trail is open doesn't mean it is skiable) before going.

post #6 of 13

I think they had at least three and maybe as many as five runs open. You could always call and find out.

 

As I remember, there was a temperature inversion with mountains warmer than plains. Denver was unusually cold with temps so low that pipes burst in some large buildings. The mountains were warmer, but it was still cold enough that we left ice cream that didn't fit in our freezer on the balcony and it did not melt.

 

We also skied Loveland and Winter Park and both were very cold - Loveland was windy, especially at the top and two days later Winter Park was so cold that we had to stop at warming huts often.
 

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post

 

It’s only 14 bucks so if the weather looks good I’m thinking about skiing there before doing a full ski day at one of the bigger mountains on Saturday. 

 

If you can get to Mary Jane before 4pm, I'd suggest you park by the Challenger lift at the Utah Junction lot and try to get in a run or two.  They stop checking tickets at some point, or somebody leaving will probably give you their ticket.

 

I looked at some of your prior posts and I think you'll be bored to tears at SolVista.  It's one of only 3 or 4 CO ski areas I haven't skied, and likely never will for a reason.

post #8 of 13
^^^Sometime 3-ish usually they'll stop scanning passes.
post #9 of 13
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WP sounds like a good idea but I doubt I'll make it arriving in Denver at 1:30.  (probably need an hour to get rental car and baggage too)

 

It sure sounds like Granby isn't much.  Part of the fun would be that it's new and one of only a few CO resorts I haven't skied.  It's also good timing since I'll be with my girlfriend who skis greens and blues.  Can anyone compare it to the front side of cooper?  They sound kind of similar.

 

Most likely alternate option is to just get a nice dinner and relax.

 

I think the only alternate night skiing option is Keystone.  I wasn’t able to find pricing on their website for just the night session.  I used to have an epic pass and enjoyed evening skiing (with sunlight) in the past.  But I suspect it’s pricy and probably not worth it.

post #10 of 13
The area in general has had consistent snowfall since early Dec with the exception of a 3 week gap at the beginning of Jan. I don't know how well the translates down valley (as pointed out earlier), but I am willing to bet the two of you will have a blast and I sure as hell wouldn't miss that beat on a trip with my girl. As long as they don't have night skiing with exposed hazards, I'm gonna hazard ( biggrin.gif ) a thought that this should be a bit more about romance than gnar. But that's just me.
post #11 of 13

Ski Cooper has 300 more vertical feet and most importantly has a base that is 2200 feet higher than SolVista.  The elevation makes a huge difference in getting and keeping snow on the hill, especially in March.  Cooper is a decent little hill that can have some great snow (again, I haven't skied SolVista).

 

Here a locals tip to impress your girlfriend.  You must stop at Lewis Sweet Shop in Empire and grab a malt before you head over Berthoud Pass pass.   Get the thick malt (or shake if you're a commie) with your favorite mix-ins.  I can't ski Mary Jane without stopping there on the way home.  On your way up it's a couple miles after you exit I-70, and will make your girlfriend forget about the windy road over Berthoud Pass.  It's a funky little place, as you can see from the photos, and the food is also great:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/lewis-sweet-shop-empire

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post
  Can anyone compare it to the front side of cooper?  They sound kind of similar.

 

The Cooper frontside is Jackson Hole tram gnar compared to Solvista.

 

Ok, maybe that is a little exaggerated, but I've skied both, and the area served by the high speed lift (left side of trail map) is even shallower than Cooper. It really is average bunny hill flats.

post #13 of 13
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The Cooper frontside is Jackson Hole tram gnar compared to Solvista.

 

Ok, maybe that is a little exaggerated, but I've skied both, and the area served by the high speed lift (left side of trail map) is even shallower than Cooper. It really is average bunny hill flats.

wow, that's pretty flat...

 

I also determined that there are only 3 runs with lighting at night (one is the park).  They may let us ski non-lit runs too but who knows.  I think we'll make a spur of the moment decision and clearly we won’t expect much if we go.

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