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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ever been denied access?

 

There was a time when skiing was so popular that lift ticket sales were limited or at least ski areas marketed the idea that they would cut off sales before the liftlines became too long. Of course a scheme to sell more lift tickets.

 

I got caught in the safety net, access to a short light blue pitch at Loon because the big hill was full. 1973, my first and last day lift skiing in NH.

post #2 of 18

Plenty of times.

 

 

Or were you talking about skiing?

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Skiing primarily but if you have a good story, tell it.

 

A local hill opened with hype about limited sales and reserved tickets, but I don't think the limit was ever reached, reservations were never necessary. I didn't get shut out of Loon, but I did get relegated to the learning terrain. It happened a long time ago and I'm pretty much over it. Just kidding, I think it's a good idea, and I deserved what I got for showing up after ten.

post #4 of 18

I remember that policy at Loon, but never was caught by it.

 

Camelback in PA used to say sales were limited by the parking lot, but supposedly they didn't shut down sales one day until the line off the interstate was backing up traffic and the police made them stop selling and started turning cars away.....  And I spent 27 years skiing there...hard to believe.

post #5 of 18

Parking chaos is an informal form of crowd control.  How many times have you arrived somewhere after 11 am, taken a look at how far back you are and how long the lises for the shuttle busses are and said, "F-It!  let's go somewhere else"????  If there's no place else close by then folks are missing opportunities to make money.  If the one lone ski company is doing things that make it impossible for others to open another area while using their monopoly to gouge the public (charging exhorbatant prices and limiting ticket sales unreasonably) someone needs to get the FTC involved to break up the monopoly. 

post #6 of 18
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Only left once for want of a parking spot. Massanutten. Va.  They were having a special, $10 lift tickets I think. We might have found a space eventually, but it became apparent we were somewhere we didn't want to be. People were walking around wearing ski pants three sizes too small, carrying ancient skis from the attic and whatever else gear or clothing that might be put into service one more time for this special event.

 

We drove on to Wintergreen which was mobbed as well, but not quite as bad. The pass holders/condo owners had their own liftline, where they smoked cigarettes and blew the smoke at those of us waiting in the much longer "general public" line. I don't know that they were blowing the smoke at us on purpose, but prevailing winds were probably taken into consideration when laying out the maze, to keep the great unwashed downwind.

post #7 of 18
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Sibhusky, sounds like Woodstock!

 

"The New York State Thruway is closed man! Far out!" ~ Arlo Guthrie

post #8 of 18

Never been turned away.

But I was told at least in one occasion that, despite 80% of the mountain being closed due to bad weather

the lift ticket price was still full price. No discount.

To be precise, there was only one chair lift open, giving access to 2 runs and some woods...

They apparently learned, because a few seasons after the fact, when the top half of the area was closed, lif ticks were offered at a discounted rate...But not this season.

Maybe therre's a link between discounts of this kind and the amount of snow fallen off the sky in any given year?

post #9 of 18
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"I was told at least in one occasion that, despite 80% of the mountain being closed due to bad weather..." 

 

Did you leave or pay anyway?

 

I was skiing in the rain early season when only two beginner runs were open. I was the only one so they decided to close around lunch time. I'd had enough of it too by that time. They gave me a voucher to use another day. Although I didn't pay full price, the voucher was good for a full price ticket (weekend/holiday rate).

 

 

post #10 of 18

it;s happened at Gore to a bunch of my friends on a Presidents Weekend saturday.  parking lot too full.

post #11 of 18

I was turned away in Austria. The problem? Too much snow (and wind)!

  

 










 
 

 

 


Edited by WILDCAT - 5/14/2009 at 09:56 pm GMT
post #12 of 18
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Wildcat, taking it to another level! Let's hear the interlodge, wind hold etc. stories.

 

Please remove the photo of your Audi from this thread. Thank you.

post #13 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Skiing primarily but if you have a good story, tell it.

 

A local hill opened with hype about limited sales and reserved tickets, but I don't think the limit was ever reached, reservations were never necessary.


I [i]was[/i] turned away at Whitetail, near noon on a Saturday back in 1993 before 4-hr and 8-hr passes became the norm.

post #14 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

"I was told at least in one occasion that, despite 80% of the mountain being closed due to bad weather..." 

 

Did you leave or pay anyway?

 

I was skiing in the rain early season when only two beginner runs were open. I was the only one so they decided to close around lunch time. I'd had enough of it too by that time. They gave me a voucher to use another day. Although I didn't pay full price, the voucher was good for a full price ticket (weekend/holiday rate).

 

 

Believe it or not...we stayed.

We took a precious day off from our vacation days to go there and ski with colleagues and friends (who had to take the day off work as well), arranged for grandparents to have the children over for the night so we could leave early in the morning...drove some 100 km to reach the place.

That's what they bet on..even if the temps were 17 below (centigrade) those who went there, stayed.

To go there one really has to want to go there, I mean really want. Once there, to redirect to another area would take too long and make everything vain...

Things have changed somewhat since

 

post #15 of 18
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Bummer. Did you shlepped over Blue Ridge Summit to Ski Liberty or go home? 

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I [i]was[/i] turned away at Whitetail, near noon on a Saturday back in 1993 before 4-hr and 8-hr passes became the norm.

 

post #16 of 18
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Wildcat, of course you know I was kidding when I demanded the car picture be removed, but you probably also know I have a problem with cars. I think I need counseling for that. Thanks for honoring my silly request anyway.

 

Nobody, when you plan a vacation, you go and you ski.

 

When I spoke of the time I was the only skier on the mountain, it was a small local hill, no vacationers at that time of year, very few anytime, a day trip for the vast majority of skiers. 

 

Many years ago I went to Smuggler's Notch in Vt. with a ski club, everything paid months in advance. They only had one run open but we could take our bus to Stowe, where more terrain was open, 3 or 4 runs if I recall, including Nosedive (ie. more terrain than Stowe ESA of two years ago. Haha). You make do with what you have.

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Bummer. Did you shlepped over Blue Ridge Summit to Ski Liberty or go home? 

 

 

Liberty.   Wasn't about to miss that day.     205cm ARCs on Ultra 

post #18 of 18

I got shut out at Wachusett once in the '06-'07 season.  It was a REALLY REALLY busy weekend day -- I got there around 11:30AM (intending to ski starting at noon) and they had stopped selling lift tickets for the day session.  They started sales for the 4PM-10PM session back up around 3PM.

 

I'm not sure if we had any sellout days this season.  But it does happen occasionally, at least at some resorts.

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