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post #31 of 48
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Originally Posted by afski722 View Post
 

The wildcard with Peak 7 this year is the pending summer construction projects at the top of Independence Chair where they are going to be building a new restaurant to replace the warming hut.

 

Not sure of the exact start-date of the project, but they are planning to move-in the construction equipment and building materials before it melts-out.


How sure are you of that? Is that the some permit process as the canopy tour/mtn bike trail project? Because that hasn't been approved by FS yet.

post #32 of 48

The CEO Katz announced the new Peak 7 500-seat restaurant during the quarterly earnings release back in Dec and that it would be built for 2016-17 season.  A contact that works on the mountain told me they plan to bring up thE major construction materials and equipment over the snow and on snowcat this spring since its far easier to do than on the the summer access roads during mud season.

post #33 of 48

@yossarian143 - FWIW, a Breck instructor mentioned to me this weekend that they're extending the season out to the 24th. No clue about reliability of this rumor, but I thought I'd spread it.

post #34 of 48
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

@yossarian143 - FWIW, a Breck instructor mentioned to me this weekend that they're extending the season out to the 24th. No clue about reliability of this rumor, but I thought I'd spread it.

Thanks!

post #35 of 48

24th has always been the planned closing date for the season. They didn't "extend" it but thats been the plan all along.

post #36 of 48
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24th has always been the planned closing date for the season. They didn't "extend" it but thats been the plan all along.

But with limited terrain after April 17.

post #37 of 48

Today I was told that starting tomorrow, only peak 8 will be open.

 

It was a pretty big bummer yesterday to have 15" of fresh snow and see that the Falcon wasn't turning.

post #38 of 48
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Originally Posted by afski722 View Post
 

24th has always been the planned closing date for the season. They didn't "extend" it but thats been the plan all along.

 

 

That was my understanding as well.  We are here for the week, and got lucky and got a day of skiing in today.  It's such a shame to see all of that great terrain closed with so much snow.  

post #39 of 48
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It won't stop them from selling full price lift tickets of course!

post #40 of 48
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It won't stop them from selling full price lift tickets of course!

 

Lift tickets are definitely cheaper. And if you bring a season pass from another resort during the coming week, you ski for I think $55. (Not sure if it has to be another Colorado resort - that would make sense, though.)

 

I'm curious about whether they'll open the Lake Chutes this week. There was so much snow on them that they don't even look steep anymore today. But who knows, after bombing ... 

 

Today was pretty great for finding powder up top. I took a lesson to skip lines - well worth it (especially with a 50% off voucher a friend provided). Could not believe how much snow we found in places. It's hard to reconcile current conditions with "last week of the season."

post #41 of 48
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I have to confess that I am a little peeved. They are running 4 chairs, 2 of which are snowflake. They are running imperial express, but not the 6 chair. My kids are not thrilled with the prospect of t bar rides and that is not what I told them they would have. This was a major bait and switch by vail. I can deal with. The fact that they closed a ton of great terrain. But if they say peak 8 is open, I expect them to be running all lifts.
post #42 of 48
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And if you bring a season pass from another resort during the coming week, you ski for I think $55. (Not sure if it has to be another Colorado resort - that would make sense, though.)

 

 

We used our Copper Pass at Squaw last season and it was either $39 or maybe $35.  That was the 1st week of April.

 

I'm glad Copper is staying open 1 more weekend.  The snow was pretty decent this weekend.  Hopefully it will stay good for next weekend.  

post #43 of 48
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I have to confess that I am a little peeved. They are running 4 chairs, 2 of which are snowflake. They are running imperial express, but not the 6 chair. My kids are not thrilled with the prospect of t bar rides and that is not what I told them they would have. This was a major bait and switch by vail. I can deal with. The fact that they closed a ton of great terrain. But if they say peak 8 is open, I expect them to be running all lifts.
 

Well. You're not going to make this mistake again. There's a reason that things get so cheap on the very tail end of the season.

 

We made this mistake on our honeymoon - actually it was only the first week of April, but we went to Vail, which is lower altitude and closes earlier. We timed our wedding for the cheaper rates, even. Anyway, it was unseasonably warm, and you couldn't even ski down to the base - you had to ride the lift down. I somehow ended up on a trail they forgot to close, so I "skied" down a run that was mostly mud with a few snow patches. 

 

But I don't remember being mad at Vail. I remember thinking, "Well, now I understand why things get so cheap."

 

It's frustrating that things start to close down. On the other hand, you have great snow - way better than you would most years. Off the Colorado chair, check out High Anxiety - fun bump run. Find Boreas to the right side of Rounders - it usually has great snow. There are lots of places to wiggle through the trees along the edges of the runs. Lessons are cheap right now, so you could work on your technique and get some pointers for good places to go with the limited terrain. It sucks that your kids struggle with the T Bar - especially since there is *so much* good terrain from there. It sounds like you maybe made promises you weren't in a position to keep.

post #44 of 48
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This is my kids' spring break. I can't control that. When I booked the trip, the posted closing date was April 24. No mention of limited terrain. I am certain of that. They added that sometime in January or February. I spoke to the vp of mountain operations for vail. He said peak 8 would be open. Didn't say they were shutting downi lifts there. I get that they close things because of weather or crowds. But the Colorado chair is plenty crowded as is the t bar.
post #45 of 48

Breck website says Imperial is open today. That gets you to great terrain and the best snow out Whales' Tail.  I'd be happy with Breck + A-Basin for a spring break week if all that high terrain at Breck is accessible. You could also hit Loveland on the way to or from DIA.

Quote = yossarian:
No mention of limited terrain. I am certain of that. They added that sometime in January or February. I spoke to the vp of mountain operations for vail. He said peak 8 would be open. Didn't say they were shutting down lifts there.

A lesson for future reference. For any April ski trip, get out a trail map and ask explicitly which lifts will be open. If you don't like the answer, go somewhere else. And tell the person on the phone they lost your business because they didn't have enough open terrain or wouldn't give you a straight answer so you could make an intelligent decision.

post #46 of 48
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Breck website says Imperial is open today. That gets you to great terrain and the best snow out Whales' Tail.  I'd be happy with Breck + A-Basin for a spring break week if all that high terrain at Breck is accessible. You could also hit Loveland on the way to or from DIA.

 

OP said that his kids don't like the T-Bar, and 6 chair is closed. I agree with you - T-Bar + Imperial is a hell of a lot of great terrain. I wonder if the trail report, which claims that Lake Chutes is open, is accurate - they said all weekend that the hike-to on Peak 6 was open, but it wasn't.

post #47 of 48
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We did the T-Bar today, which was not ideal, but got us to the higher terrain.  The biggest issue with the T-Bar was when it was just my son and I, it was challenging since there is a decent height difference.   When my daughter and son went on the T-Bar together, it was much easier for my son and for me since I went up with a normal-sized adult.

 

They opened the Rocky Mountain Chair today, which was a big improvement over yesterday.  Rumor has it that the 6 will open tomorrow.  That's all I was asking for.  

post #48 of 48

Their mountain information always said "limited terrain between April 17-24".

 

That late in the season is a crapshoot on what the weather and snow conditions will be like. I doubt when they made the schedule for closing week, more than a month out they'd have expected to get the huge dump of snow last weekend. It could easily have been 60 and sunny every day going into the last week, with empty mountain, and very spring-like conditions.

 

The hard part for a place like Breck when extending the season is getting the staff to stick around as many go on to other jobs and/or leave town.

 

Beyond the 2nd week of April, the only sure bets for consistency year-in, year-out in Colorado are A-Basin and Loveland.  Everyone else is on the tail-end of their season and closing down lifts and terrain on lack of demand and/or snow conditions on the lower and sun-exposed aspects.

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