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A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:05 pm

Simple story.

I wouldn't go myself. Only one WROD. Crazy crowded.

http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2017/10/friday-ski-day.html

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:08 pm

One short WROD and Epic Passes = a perfect storm. I'm guessing the longer run and lesser crowds at Loveland will be more attractive even if it's a little later. It should still be October for those who are counting months.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:30 am

Still 30 minutes before they open.... Just one or two people in line :shock:

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Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:31 am

:shock:

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:23 am

Shorter than Alta lines on weekends.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:59 am

:troll:

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:47 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Shorter than Alta lines on weekends.

Apparently you've never been to Alta and are just repeating hearsay....

Nah, you're trolling! :troll:

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:00 am

Another picture that was supposed to be taken just before opening. Liftline goes more than halfway up the face. Supposedly it went down after lift opened, but laps took about 30 minutes. Also note the line of people buying tickets so not everyone was on a Vail pass.
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Picture and some of the info from pugski.
Last edited by tseeb on Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:49 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:11 am

Why do people insist on doing this to themselves every autumn?

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:59 am

Marc_C wrote:Why do people insist on doing this to themselves every autumn?

Here's something MarcC and I agree upon!

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:03 pm

I would rather spend the day prepping for a Colonoscopy, then wait on that line..

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:12 pm

I think we're all just getting older, scruffier and smarter.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:03 pm

Why do they honor season passes with the extremely limited terrain? Blackout days can be a good thing for all. They could also try requiring a paid validation to enable a pass.

And I really don't understand why they would honor Epic passes at this point in the season.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:16 pm

egieszl wrote:Why do they honor season passes with the extremely limited terrain? Blackout days can be a good thing for all. They could also try requiring a paid validation to enable a pass.

And I really don't understand why they would honor Epic passes at this point in the season.


Not sure what a "paid validation" is?

And they do it for $$. They get $ for every new person who gets scanned on each ski day. So doesn't matter if you are scanned 50 times or only once, A-basin will get some $$ from every different Epic pass holder that registers a 'ski day'.

Re: A-basin to open 2017-18 season Fri Oct 13

Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:56 am

A paid validation is where you must pay something to activate your pass for the day. It might be a $10 charge or $25 charge. It can be at any price point. You can also put other restrictions like having to purchase it in advance or limiting the sales. It's a crowd control measure. It's basically the same as having to buy a ticket on a blackout day.

Mammoth Mountain had a pass in the early 90s where you had to buy a validation each day you wanted to ski. The pass was like $80 and then you paid each time you went skiing, but the validation price was significantly discounted. The break even point was 3 or 4 days.

Epic pass revenue has to be the lowest revenue per cap for the resort. If they were to blackout out the Epic passes early season I suspect most wouldn't go, but a percentage would still come and pay full price. I'd be willing to bet that the revenue generated from those full price ticket sales would exceed that of all the Epic passholders that scanned.

A Basin should preference they're own passholders over Epic passholders.
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