Never have I seen lines like that, consistent across the entire mountain, and that's after 15+ years of skiing mostly on the I70 corridor. But, the snow and terrain was worth it.
Just from having conversations with people on lifts and in line, I think it was mostly CB and Gunnison locals, and I don't blame them. They've had such a terrible year up to this point that EVERYONE in the surrounding area came out. I didn't talk to one other Denverite. There were a few tourists, but it was 90% locals that I talked to. And many of them commented on how CB has been "discovered" by the front range, hence the crowds. Ha. (But they were all very very friendly Seriously some of the friendliest locals I know of...all extremely proud of their town and ski area.)
Yeah, I had the same thoughts. I don't blame them for getting out there. I bet Monday was a great day to ski, once the mitigation work was done ... but we had to be out of there. We were also kind of a mess because we had to pack up the condo - six people plus a baby - that morning, there were some parking questions, etc etc - just not a good headspace for getting after the powder. We should have gotten in line early - we were up at 6:30 and watched the first guy get in line - but being in a slopeside condo, we just kind of couldn't wrap our heads around the fact that there would be massive lines to deal with. It was like, look outside at 8:15, hardly a line. Look outside at 8:30, holy hell.
We found that the Teocalli lift had a minimal line - well, yeah, you can lap two blues or take greens from there to the base - so we hung out there and investigated the trees. I'm sad I never got to the high lift (is it really called the high chair?? Is that on purpose?), but hey, maybe next season.