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Welch Village (MN) - How is it on Saturdays?

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Hello,

 

I skied Afton for a number of years before getting a season pass at Wild the last few years.  Recently, my brother and I have been getting burned-out on Wild Mtn., mainly because we ski Saturdays and it seems like Wild has more business than it can reasonably handle.  Specifically, it is almost impossible on a lot of Saturdays to get a place to sit after you order food.  All of the tables and chairs, whether in the bar or elsewhere, have bags, backpacks and personal items stacked on them, whether anyone is sitting there or not.  They also reserve numerous tables for various ski teams, making it almost impossible to sit inside.  In addition, the last few times there, the main lift is very crowded and seems to be stopped as much as it's going (OK, I exaggerate a little bit).  

 

I skied Welch last Sunday and was impressed with the number of black runs, the amount of space available inside the chalet, and the comfy-as-heck main chairlift seats.  I was wondering if Saturdays are quite different when compared to my experience last Sunday (maybe it was the Sunday before?).  

 

We are both seriously considering buying season passes for Welch next year.  I would appreciate it if any of you Welch members could give me a heads-up on the average Saturday situation on the hills/chalet.  Many thanks!


Edited by Kdawg1966 - 1/12/14 at 12:19pm
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Welch is a good choice in many ways but like any day ski area in the Twin Cities, Saturday can be nuts and Sundays are always quieter.  Because of the seating issue, whether here at home or out west I always eat by about 11:30 or not until about 1:00.  Next time at Welch, make sure and head to the west to check out Madd Jaxx, keeping your eyes open for the @axebiker Memorial Bar Stool.

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Haha! Thanks, gregmerz... wink.gif

Welch can be crazy at times too - this Saturday was a total s**t-show, mainly cuz they had a big race going on. I couldn't get a ace to sit at Madd Jaxx, as the race organizers took it upon themselves to set up in the bar. For the life of me, I don't get that... You're supposed to be 21, and no outside food, but the whole place was loaded to the gills with groms w/bag lunches... Guess rules don't matter for racers...

Anyway, like Greg said, miss the peak times, and it's okay. Every place near the metro has that issue, but I think Welch is far enough out that it gets a tad less traffic and crowds. If you wanna become a tele-whacker, it is DEFINITELY the place to be. Bigger than WM for sure, and arguably the best terrain in the TC area.

Great tap beer selection!
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Haha! Thanks, gregmerz... wink.gif

Welch can be crazy at times too - this Saturday was a total s**t-show, mainly cuz they had a big race going on. I couldn't get a ace to sit at Madd Jaxx, as the race organizers took it upon themselves to set up in the bar. For the life of me, I don't get that... You're supposed to be 21, and no outside food, but the whole place was loaded to the gills with groms w/bag lunches... Guess rules don't matter for racers...

Anyway, like Greg said, miss the peak times, and it's okay. Every place near the metro has that issue, but I think Welch is far enough out that it gets a tad less traffic and crowds. If you wanna become a tele-whacker, it is DEFINITELY the place to be. Bigger than WM for sure, and arguably the best terrain in the TC area.

Great tap beer selection!

 

Maybe go later?  They're open until 10.  I thought Saturday was just fine, after about 5.  There were seats in Mad Jaxx by 4.  And by 6 or 7, it was almost empty, if you picked the right run and lift.   Eventually I got buzzed a bit too close by an out-of-control boarder, realized it would be an hour to pack up and drive home, and that I had to get up early Sunday morning.

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This past Saturday was crazy (race & first weekend after the deep freeze) but I think Welch does a good job of keeping the lift lines relatively short.  On Saturdays you have three areas open to ski so the traffic spreads out across the seven lifts available.  The bigger lines are around the chairs that feed the green runs and terrain park on the northern part of the ski area. 

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Haha! Thanks, gregmerz... wink.gif

Welch can be crazy at times too - this Saturday was a total s**t-show, mainly cuz they had a big race going on. I couldn't get a ace to sit at Madd Jaxx, as the race organizers took it upon themselves to set up in the bar. For the life of me, I don't get that... You're supposed to be 21, and no outside food, but the whole place was loaded to the gills with groms w/bag lunches... Guess rules don't matter for racers...

 

 

You've pretty much described every Saturday at Wild.  I guess we're just gonna have to make a point of going in before/after rush hour no matter where we go.

 

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This past Saturday was crazy (race & first weekend after the deep freeze) but I think Welch does a good job of keeping the lift lines relatively short.  On Saturdays you have three areas open to ski so the traffic spreads out across the seven lifts available.  The bigger lines are around the chairs that feed the green runs and terrain park on the northern part of the ski area. 

 

Both the amount of black runs and how they spread them out is way nicer at Welch.   We're going to head down there this Saturday so my brother can check it out before we make a decision regarding next year.  
Thanks to all for the input!
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Maybe go later?  They're open until 10.  I thought Saturday was just fine, after about 5.  There were seats in Mad Jaxx by 4.  And by 6 or 7, it was almost empty, if you picked the right run and lift.   Eventually I got buzzed a bit too close by an out-of-control boarder, realized it would be an hour to pack up and drive home, and that I had to get up early Sunday morning.

"Out of control" gets worse the later you are there...for a number of reasons. And typical of Midwaste areas, they get pretty scraped off by noon. That's why I go early. If you ski boilerplate, at least ski it when it's still pretty. Corduroy is better than ice.
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To resonate what others have stated on any of the TC hills Saturdays and especially if the barometer hits 30+ degrees all the fair weather carhart and snowmobile skiers crawl from under there rocks and plague the hills. Haven't skied welch since last year, but the same can be said of ther other hills. Go early, eat on the early or later side. Sam goes for skiing times

I'm hoping the added marketing and merger hype at afton starts to wear off and only have to deal with the usual busy weekends that always have been there.
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"Out of control" gets worse the later you are there...for a number of reasons. And typical of Midwaste areas, they get pretty scraped off by noon. That's why I go early. If you ski boilerplate, at least ski it when it's still pretty. Corduroy is better than ice.

Actually the snow was pretty good the entire day.  Lookout and Final Run ran great all day long.  The only icy area I noticed was on the two blue runs that are at the southern most part of he ski area.

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