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Year after year I seem to increase my base area tailgating skills. A cooler, portable grill, camping chairs, bluetooth speaker, the list goes on...

 

I suppose it's A-basin that's got me in love with kicking it in the parking lot for half the day and skiing the other half. Either way, I'm looking for some new ideas to up my game this year. SO, if you like to tailgate the mountain, than by all means, let the suggestions/photos begin! 

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My dream year-round adventure and tailgating rig: 

 

 

That HD TV retracts into the body when not in use, and there's a swing-out grill behind those few people on the left. Also a built-in awning. 

 

Unfortunately, that's a half-million dollars or so. 

 

Short of that, I keep it very simple: small camping stove/grill, cooler of food/beer, portable Bluetooth speaker, folding table and some folding camp chairs - basically just raid my camping cabinet for the needed gear. 

 

Snowbasin's tailgating scene seems to grow every year, especially with a few bad seasons in a row. I don't usually like to waste the ski day out there, but I'm all about an apres tailgate. 

 

I got a couple super-portable, disposable grills with the intention of having a lunch tailgate. They're small enough to fit in a backpack, preloaded with charcoal and figured I'd throw a couple beers and a pack of hot dogs in my backpack and tailgate on the actual mountain somewhere. Haven't tried it yet, but think it'd be equally fun - sure beats overpriced cafeteria food. 

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I like the stand propping up a wheel to level the thing out.

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?


You're missing everything
post #6 of 37
Cost would be the biggest reason. I couldn't afford to eat lunch in the lodge or buy beers or glasses of wine in the bar. Springtime is the best, sitting in the sun up in the mountains isn't a bad way to spend a post ski afternoon.



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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?


You could probably say that about any type of tailgating - Wouldn't you rather go to a nice restaurant around the corner from your favorite sports stadium before the game? Why not just jam out to the band's greatest hits on your home stereo before going to the concert? Tailgating itself is fun, not so much a restaurant alternative. 

 

Some people tailgate in the middle of winter, but it's more a spring session thing, so the point about a warm, cozy bar doesn't apply so much. I think warm, sunny outdoor grill-out in the mountains is better than most bars. And cooking your own food is better than overpaying for lodge food. I wouldn't do it for lunch during a ski day, but definitely more fun than the average base establishment as a before/after.

 

I don't quite understand people that barely or don't actually ski (or go to the game/concert) but still set up big, lavish tailgates. At that point I'd much sooner go to a scenic overlook, picnic area or campground instead of a crowded, dirty parking lot, but I guess the big party atmosphere is worth it on its own for some

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

 

You have got to get out more often. :D

 

If you are rushing back to skiing, you ain't getting enough skiing. Fix the cause - not enough ski days. Schedule more ski days and you'll feel more relax. Get out of that go go go mentality of NYC.   

It's all about the feel. Especially on a spring day. Just don't want to be stuck inside somewhere with a whole bunch of steamy & stinky skiers.

 

 

This is on the beach during the EpicSki gathering at A-basin, April 2011.

 

 

 

On the menu - Ribeye Steak, Soy Lime Marinate.

It' can be real nice if you like.

 

Trust me, try it, you'll like it.

 

 

BTW, that me wearing yellow in BobMc's photo. That was a fun day at the bird. 

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

Yeah it's definitely more of a western (or spring) thing where outdoor weather and scenery is more favorable to lingering & socializing.  Also agree with others about obvious cost savings of bringing your own food and drinks. Tailgating on a 15 degree day on windblown asphalt in VT isn't going to cut.:D  Plus, in the East a lot of mtns would probably not put up with it regardless of weather.

 

Can anyone think of an Eastern ski area known for a big spring tailgating apres scene?

 

The only thing better than having a good tailgating rig is having a friend with a good tailgating rig.

 

KingG, isn't that you in orange?  You trying to take credit from the chef in yellow?

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

Yeah it's definitely more of a western (or spring) thing where outdoor weather and scenery is more favorable to lingering & socializing.  Also agree with others about obvious cost savings of bringing your own food and drinks. Tailgating on a 15 degree day on windblown asphalt in VT isn't going to cut.:D  Plus, in the East a lot of mtns would probably not put up with it regardless of weather.

 

Can anyone think of an Eastern ski area known for a big spring tailgating apres scene?

 

The only thing better than having a good tailgating rig is having a friend with a good tailgating rig.

 

KingG, isn't that you in orange?  You trying to take credit from the chef in yellow?

 

There is some in late spring.  And a lot of eastern areas have a tradition of a big parking lot party on closing day.

 

(I was at Smuggs on the last day for the main lift, and a had a chance to overhear regulars talking near me in the lift lines.   A lot of them were talking about quitting early to go tailgate, which made NO sense at all to me....)

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Can anyone think of an Eastern ski area known for a big spring tailgating apres scene?

Its tough to beat the tailgating at Holiday Valley in the spring. Good times!
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Its tough to beat the tailgating at Holiday Valley in the spring. Good times!


Good to hear.  Most Eastern places I can think of would steer you into their lodge/bar.  Maybe the big spring Reggaefest at Sugarloaf allows it?  How about with the spring bump crowd at Bear Mtn, Killington??

 

 

I was at Gaper Day (Apr 1) this year at Arapahoe Basin, CO.  Impressive tailgate scene as huge crowd of locals and nearby college kids started partying hard at oh-dark-thirty.  I got there around 11AM and being a clueless tourist didn’t realize it was a SPECIAL day.  I was dressed in normal ski gear, therefore I was a gaper for not looking like one.  I immediately turned my jacket inside out in a desperate attempt to fit in, no luck.  Already by that time I was at least three drinks and all kinds of other mind altering effects behind everyone else.  Didn't help that everyone was one-half to one-third my age.

This video (not mine) gives a little flavor of the shenanigans that day.  https://vimeo.com/124081412

Craziest thing - it was about 38 degrees and breezy with intermittent wet snow showers, sometimes heavy when I was there.  In another words a pretty raw day, yet there were a lot of partially clothed people with exposed flesh in the crowd and on the slopes.  An attractive young lady in a wet t-shirt got on the Pali lift a couple chairs in front of me during a howling snow squall.  She obviously had mucho firewater, etc. in her system and completed the ride impervious to the elements.   Something tells me she might not have felt so hot the next day though :-)

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I can easily see some eastern areas playing the "licensed premise" law card and not allowing drinking in parking lots. They want you buying their $6/10oz beer.

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I have tailgated at Killington when the only thing left is Superstar. We parked right at the base of the lift.

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Sorry to say, no major tailgating at Mt. Baker anymore.  There used to be a decent scene, but it's illegal to have or consume alcohol in the parking area and the county cops along with the ski area employees patrol for it.  Now it's just burgers, and that's not so popular.

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No real tailgating at Bristol, but there is a large patio at the base of the main lift in front of one of the lodges which is very active on sunny March and April days. Grills,beer,snacks etc.Usually gets going about 10:30 or 11:00 depending on the day and weather. No hassles from management as it is a designated picnic area.

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  After the skiing is over, wouldn't you rather drink and eat at a warm, comfortable bar or go home to relax?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

 

It is a through back to the tradition of car skiing where you just shuttled up and down an area and when you were done, you stopped and partied. Also many young ski areas back in the day didn't have amenities so you brought your own.

 

In a word: Tradition.

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This was a grand beach party with fondue and all sorts of other goodies. Thanks (I think) to @segbrown's friend.

 

at the Basin

 

at the Basin.

 

What's not to like about hanging with friends in the sun, sipping whiskey and beer and talking about skiing?

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KingG, isn't that you in orange?  You trying to take credit from the chef in yellow?

 

Yup, Mr. Vertical bought the grill, BF did the grilling. I'm just there to eat. :D  

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I don't live near a ski resort so tailgating is not really an option for me.  But can you please explain to me what the attraction is?  Wouldn't you rather eat lunch on the mountain so that you can go back out skiing quickly?  Inquiring minds want to know - what am I missing since I've never tailgated?

There is so much more to skiing than just sliding down a snowy hill with boards strapped to your feet...

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KingG, isn't that you in orange?  You trying to take credit from the chef in yellow?

 

Yup, Mr. Vertical bought the grill, BF did the grilling. I'm just there to eat. :D  

KG, you're too modest.  As I recall, @Mr. Vertical told me that you were bringing something for the grill.  I was figuring burgers or brats and was blown away by that steak.  I've thought of you as a friend ever since.  As I see it, this is evidence of the power of the tailgate.  Good friends, good food, good memories. 

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Nothing special, but this is some East Coast Tailgating @ Snowshoe, WV.  

 

Ive never seen anyone else doing it though. 

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Utah sun usually keeps temps pretty reasonable so there was a ton of tailgating at Brighton last winter

 

7 bucks a beer in here

 

 

7 bucks a 12'er in the lot , or on the chair

 

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Ok, thanks for the many and detailed explanation for tailgating.  It definitely makes me want to do it - I simply need to develop some friends who I can share the experience with before I set out to do so. :)

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Ok, thanks for the many and detailed explanation for tailgating.  It definitely makes me want to do it - I simply need to develop some friends who I can share the experience with before I set out to do so. :)


Just set up a nice spread of food and drink and you will have more new friends than you can imagine in no time!

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So true, if I'm up on weekday on a solo mission I'll still set up shop and hangout. Having a dog by your side seems to attract other dog owners/lovers as well. Which brings me to another question: I only bring my dog up to A-basin because I can check on him every hour or so (won't bring him to a bigger resort where i can't get back to him quick). I noticed a lot of people at A-basin do the same. I usually try and bring him if the temps fall between 20 in the morning and 45 in afternoon for the high, to make sure he doesn't overheat or freeze. I've even seen dogs chained to the back of a bumper and left while the owner is on the mountain...seems nerve racking for the owner/dog, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyone have any experience bringing their pooch to the mountain...?

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I've seen and participated in tailgating at eastern resorts, no one hassles you. Just keep the beer on the down-low if you're worried about any alcohol laws ending your picnic.

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Utah sun usually keeps temps pretty reasonable so there was a ton of tailgating at Brighton last winter

 

7 bucks a beer in here

 

 

 

7 bucks a 12'er in the lot , or on the chair

 

That doesn't qualify as beer:duel:

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Ok, thanks for the many and detailed explanation for tailgating.  It definitely makes me want to do it - I simply need to develop some friends who I can share the experience with before I set out to do so. :)

 

 

Ask and ye shall receive

 

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Hanging out in a parking lot has no appeal for me.  Especially a cold muddy one.  

 

I have been know to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it up on the mountain on a nice day.  And way back when we would stash some beer in the snow in the trees in the morning and enjoy the later in the afternoon. 

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