TRam wrote:that hike is brutal
That was my opinion in 1993 after taking an hour to get about 3/4 of the way up Kachina Peak on my 3rd day away from sea level. 20 minutes up to Highline Ridge in 2007 was more manageable. Lift surface to Kachina Peak is also likely a plus for snow stability in what I would expect is often a problematic snowpack.
This is a different situation from Highlands Bowl IMHO. There is other lift served alpine terrain at Aspen/Snowmass. The Blake family is more attuned to economic reality than people give them credit for. When the numbers/research indicated they needed to open to snowboarders they did that, and I suspect they drew a similar marketing conclusion in this case.
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,318K in 2010-11
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12