(Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

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(Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Admin » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:05 am

I tried to ski today, I really did. With 55" of new snow this week and a deeper base depth (150") than we've had all winter, why not pay the $42 Snowbird upgrade to my Alta pass and partake?

I arrived at 8:30 a.m. only to secure one of the last parking spaces on the Bypass Road up near the heli-pad. I skied down to meet the others at Peruvian, and arrived just as I realized that my Alta pass was in my truck a half a mile away and a few hundred vertical feet above me. #-o

By this point the Tram line was already full maze, around the building and onto the Tram Plaza (BobMc messaged me from line to tell me to forget it, but we were heading for Peruvian anyway). I walked into the season ticket office, explained my predicament and asked if they could look me up. Nope -- even though the two ski areas share a lift ticket they miraculously have no way to look up my season pass. :roll: So I loaded Chickadee (the two lifties let me on, even though each had the personality of a stiff, dead trout) and started hitchhiking back to my truck. Thanks to the friendly Public Safety employee who gave me a lift, the only bright spot in my otherwise dismal morning.

I got back to my truck, reached into the center console and...no pass. It was then that I realized for the first time that it was in my other jacket as I wore my soft shell on Alta's closing day two weeks ago. ](*,) My Epic Pass was sitting there, however, so I called the ticket office to see if they were offering a spring discount to pass holders from other resorts -- nope, I'd have to pay the full-freight walk-up price of $106. :shock:

At that point I said f*** it and went home, for there was no way that I was paying Snowbird a $64 "stupid tax." :evil: AmyZ asked if I was coming back up, but judging by the flow of cars coming up the canyon I'd have to park somewhere in Park City by the time I got back. Screw it, I'd rather do something like scoop dog s*** and mow the lawn.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:41 am

admin wrote:even though the two ski areas share a lift ticket they miraculously have no way to look up my season pass

This part doesn't surprise me given how behind the curve Snowbird's IT department has been with Mountain Collective. I think this is the first season MCP holders have been able to initiate at Snowbird and tie a credit card to be direct-to-lift after their free days. I am still unable to buy my half price tickets as a Mammoth passholder at the Iron Blosam and thus must go to the tram plaza to a buy a ticket every day of my timeshare week.

As for admin's predicament, was there no one in Snowbird's marketing department present today? Surely they know he has an Alta pass and would have been able to facilitate the $42 ticket.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Marc_C » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:36 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:As for admin's predicament, was there no one in Snowbird's marketing department present today? Surely they know he has an Alta pass and would have been able to facilitate the $42 ticket.

Saturday? Maybe, maybe not. But that other assertion? How would they know? How would they "surely" know?
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby mrgskier » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:39 pm

Skiing was good....and we avoided most of the lines by riding lifts all day. But sometimes the karma is just not with you....
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:54 am

Marc_C wrote:Saturday? Maybe, maybe not. But that other assertion? How would they know? How would they "surely" know?

The marketing people would likely know admin has an Alta pass. But yes it may have been hard to find on on a Saturday.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Admin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:46 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
Marc_C wrote:Saturday? Maybe, maybe not. But that other assertion? How would they know? How would they "surely" know?

The marketing people would likely know admin has an Alta pass. But yes it may have been hard to find on on a Saturday.


Actually, they wouldn't know. My interaction with Snowbird's communications department these days is very, very limited by their choice. In fact, I can't recall any this winter at all.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Marc_C » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:31 pm

mrgskier wrote:Skiing was good....and we avoided most of the lines by riding lifts all day. But sometimes the karma is just not with you....

From today's report:
Due to unforeseen mechanical issues, Peruvian Express will be not open today, Sunday April 30.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:35 pm

An area that cares about its customers would open Gadzoom to make up for Peruvian's problem. It's not as if they would need to hire more lifties.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Admin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:43 pm

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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby BobMc » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:56 pm

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How was the skiing at Alta yesterday? ;) Quite frankly Admin isn't and wasn't a customer yesterday. He could've bought a pass for $80, they'd advertised it all over. I had an offer in to my son to buy him a pass but he couldn't get out of bed.

They've started maintenance on the Zoom lift, but to their credit they've said if they can't get Peruvian running by next weekend they'll get Zoom up and running. The lines have sucked this weekend, but the standing around has been worth it.

The Peruvian situation is a [censored] happens deal, not some grand conspiracy to keep costs down.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Admin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:00 pm

5-tram wait at 1:30 today - they should've opened Zoom.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby BobMc » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:06 pm

Admin wrote:5-tram wait at 1:30 today - they should've opened Zoom.


No, it wasn't. I know where you got that estimate as I stood at the pedestrian bridge with Bobby and Amy contemplating the line. It was actually 12:30 and although the line looked long I joined it (in real life, not from my computer) and it wasn't nearly as bad, the line was a single maze around the building and a 3 boat wait. Admittedly it was close to a 5 boat wait mid morning, but by 1:30 it was 2 at most.

Bobby and Amy must've left as I didn't see them in line, we headed up, dropped into Mineral and literally walked onto MBX. The tram was the only place stacked up.

Like I said earlier, they'd begun summer maintenance on Zoom, it wasn't a matter of just moving lifties and firing it up. (So I was told) If they have neither spinning next weekend and the same crowds I'll be right there complaining with you. (Of course with more skin in the game than just an axe to grind, ;))
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Admin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:11 pm

Just going by what Bobby and Amy both said at dinner tonight. Bobby have up and left; Amy stayed until 4.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon May 01, 2017 12:09 am

This is a recurring problem at Snowbird as noted when I was there in 2011.
BobMc wrote:They've started maintenance on the Zoom lift

And why would they do that in April if they gave a @%& about their customers? It's not like the tram or Mammoth's gondola that needs to serve summer customers and thus requires maintenance be done in late spring.

Speaking of Mammoth, normal spring operation after Canyon/Eagle close (April 23 this year) is chairs 1,2,3,6,11 and 23 plus upper and lower gondola. This year chairs 4,5 and 10 have run every day for the past week, plus 12, 13 and 14 over the weekend.
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Re: (Almost) Snowbird, UT 4/29/2017

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon May 01, 2017 3:34 am

BobMc wrote:(Of course with more skin in the game than just an axe to grind, ;))

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