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post #1 of 16
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I just moved to Evergreen and am anticipating getting some half work/half board days in.  But to do so, I'm going to need to be able to check an email here or there on the lifts or take a call at the base.  I currently have Verizon, and got no service at A Basin last year.  I also had no service in the Outback at Keystone.  The Keystone dead zone was a big issue because my kiddo takes lessons there and they want to be able to call you if they need to ask you a question.

 

So....please let me know if you have a cell provider that works in these areas.  I know AT&T works at A Basin, but don't know about the Outback at Keystone.

 

For what its worth, Verizon has been solid at Breck, Vail and Beaver for me.

 

Thanks for all the help!

post #2 of 16

Verizon is your only choice in the mountains.  I'll fight anyone who wants to argue that.

post #3 of 16

Verizon has more infrastructure in place out west than any other carrier.  They will get you signal in middle of nowhere pretty often these days.

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post
 

Verizon is your only choice in the mountains.  I'll fight anyone who wants to argue that.

Well, at ABasin, it's AT&T (because they installed repeaters, or whatever they're called). But by and large, I've found Verizon pretty good. 

 

I don't know about the Outback at Keystone; someone else will have to answer that.

post #5 of 16
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Well, at ABasin, it's AT&T (because they installed repeaters, or whatever they're called). But by and large, I've found Verizon pretty good. 

 

I don't know about the Outback at Keystone; someone else will have to answer that.

 

Yeah, some ski areas do have the repeaters.  I didn't know they were carrier specific.  Someone told me Taos took down theirs last season under the new owner.

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Well, at ABasin, it's AT&T (because they installed repeaters, or whatever they're called). But by and large, I've found Verizon pretty good. 

 

I don't know about the Outback at Keystone; someone else will have to answer that.

 

Yeah, some ski areas do have the repeaters.  I didn't know they were carrier specific.  Someone told me Taos took down theirs last season under the new owner.

Some are, some are not.

post #7 of 16

You could call Active Communication in Dillon and ask about the ATT coverage at Keystone. 

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post
 

Verizon is your only choice in the mountains.  I'll fight anyone who wants to argue that.

Well...as I said in my post, as of the end of last season, Verizon does not have any service at A Basin and loses service once you get to the Outback at Keystone.

 

But yeah, generally, I'd say Verizon has the best coverage in the more rural areas of CO.  Unfortuntely, my sole cell service concern is the place I can get ski half a work day (A Basin) and where my kid takes lessons (Keystone).

 

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Originally Posted by Mike78 View Post
 

You could call Active Communication in Dillon and ask about the ATT coverage at Keystone. 

 

That is an awesome idea.  Thanks!

post #9 of 16
I have gotten Verizon service at A-Basin by going to the end of the outside deck of the Black Mtn. Lodge that's away from the Black Mtn. lift.
post #10 of 16

Consider a mid-week pass to Loveland ;)?

 

We get excellent 4G service from all the major providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint). Lodge has free Wifi too if you need to crank out a few emails. 

post #11 of 16

I get good reception at AB on the Montezuma lift with Verizon.  Lower mountain front side was spotty.

Both lodges had free wifi.

post #12 of 16
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I get good reception at AB on the Montezuma lift with Verizon.  Lower mountain front side was spotty.

Both lodges had free wifi.

 

 

that is completely overloaded most busy days so you can't get a connection:( 

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Consider a mid-week pass to Loveland ;)?

 

We get excellent 4G service from all the major providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint). Lodge has free Wifi too if you need to crank out a few emails. 

That's a solid idea - might have to wait till next year because I didn't budget for another $250 but I will keep that in mind!

 

 

Thanks to everyone else for the A Basin tips.  I had problems getting a good WIFI connection the days I was at A Basin too, but it was always Fridays and there was a decent crowd.

 

 

Also, I did call VZ in Dillon and they said they are currently planning to have a tower that covers A Basin by end of Nov., and it was supposed to already be done but some stuff regarding the location fell through.  So...who knows when it'll happen but apparently it will eventually happen.

 

I guess I'll just stick with VZ, which works since I was going to have to wait till Feb '16 to switch carriers and upgrade from this POS Galaxy S4.  Was a great phone in the Spring of 2013.

post #14 of 16
Thanks for the news about Verizon extending coverage. Verizon has been fine on the upper half of Zuma, I've taken conference calls back there.



True story ^^^^
post #15 of 16
At&t has fantastic coverage at most all of the Colorado resorts as they worked with the resorts to build a distributed antenna system on the slopes...these are NOT repeaters but rather active sites.
post #16 of 16

Verizon works for me at most mountains except parts of Vail and most of A-Basin. I think I'll use voice to text option for voicemail so I can read my voicemail at A-Basin via their weefee. I have had some luck at Zuma.

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