I posted (can't do double post so hack follows:)
8) Ski areas where uncorrected problems cause you to never buy another lift ticket.
I have only 2: Deer Valley and Beaver Creek.
the list can continue ........ .........
Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
Please explain details about the red above.
Explanation is loooong!
I skied Deer Valley one day during the 2002 SLC Olympics.
Security was absurd even though there were no scheduled events that day. Examples were skiing thru Airport
style scanner gates. and total confusion with the shuttle busses (driving in was not allowed)
My beef was 1.) busses stopped a half mile down the hill and drivers said they would pick up at the same spot
at the end of the day. WRONG. at the end of the day a hundred of us were milling around and they were no busses.
Deer Valley management guys came by and said the busses were now way up the hill and we would have to walk
back up. I asked them to radio for the busses to come by and pick up us. They say NO because they were off duty.
I even tried to get everyone to stand in the road to block the busses coming down but no one had the guts to do this.
Other option was pick up a town bus at this spot. I got on one which was jammed beyond belief to the point I was almost
ill. Got off then noticed my ski boots were missing. Talked to PC bus lost & found -nothing. Even talked to the PC bus
system manager who was actually nice a few days later and was shit out of luck. Had to have my old boots airshipped
from home as my boot size was impossible to find. Won't go back.
I went to Beaver Creek , which I'd never skied before, once about 15 years ago during a powder week. Skied 12 in new at Steamboat
2 days before, 14 in new at Breckenridge day before (Best light powder day ever to that point). Beaver Creek was worst day ever.
The day after Beaver Creek at Loveland with another 8 in new was second best powder day.
So regarding Beaver Creek: I heard they had another 14 in new overnight so I left Idaho Springs heading there along I-70.
I'm noticing its snowing hard, almost no one is out and all the trucks are stuck roadside. There is about 6 inches of slush on the
road which is really bad and I'm thinking I-70 really should be closed. I looked left and noticed a eastbound closure at Vail.
I keep going west but turn on the freeking radio to hear an avalanche just blocked the westbound exit of the Eisenhauer tunnel.
Hey, I just came thru there a half hour ago. I get to Beaver Creek, park and line up for the ski shuttle to the area. Lots of people
are coming DOWN at 10:30am. They tell me it's a disaster -all the power went off to the entire place, base lodge, Slopeside
Hyatt hotel, lifts with people on them. I just about lost it at this point -what could have been the best powder day ever was a
complete bust -NO SKIING. Someone I knew working at the Hyatt was 1 second from being trapped -she stuck her foot in the
elevator door which held it open. I stop at the Beaver Creek office at the base. They had power but had no clue as to when power
would get restored. I really had a very strong urge to kill them and the utility company -Holy Cross Cooperative. After an hour I start
back eastbound (still closed at Vail) but stop in Minturn -town full of stranded cars. Hotels all booked, no food for 2 hours or more,
and CO road report hotline busy etc. Finally hear from truckers that back road up to Leadville & down to Copper is open. I go that way
and get thru very slowly. By far the worst whiteout I've ever driven in. You could see absolutely nothing just aim the car halfway
between the massive snowbanks on both sides of the road and keep going! Now won't buy a ticket at Beaver Creek.
Odd thing is I've since skied Beaver Creek a few times without paying as they were on my Vail Epic Pass.
It's actually amusing that these two ski areas that some people consider to be the most upscale are the only ones I've taken off my list.