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Old 03-12-2013, 04:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I was at Afton last Wednesday with my four kids. With 10 inches of new snow and clear skies it was a great day. We got there early and stayed late. By far the best day I have had at any resort in the metro area.

My wife is having some knee issues so she spent the day in the main chalet. A group of architects came through and were discussing the plans to remodel the main chalet. The new owners are investing $10 million in Afton.

I hope the rain last weekend didn't wreck the snow out there. I would like to head out there at least one more time this year. Let us know how the conditions are after you go this weekend.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Afton, I have my season pass there, I just wish it was taller. I think they've done a GREAT job with what they have to work with. The staff has been great, the food at Paul's Pub is lights out, they let you tailgate, and they even try to accommodate the hard to please park rats.

I went Friday night and it was already icy again. The rain, qnd then being windy and cold just packed it all done and iced it up good again. I went the day it snowed and yeah that was a blast too.

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:36 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Afton is the shit! Best hill south of Duluth by far(never been to granite peak)

Vail bought Afton because they'll make money off it, period.
Granite Peak is much better than Afton, but that's my opinion. GP is double the vert and has more to offer. And Vail bought Afton to drive business to the resorts out west. While they'll make money off of Afton, at least i would think they would, this is definitely a marketing strategy as well.
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I'd be suspicious of any resort that's a golf course and ski area all-in-one. Don't know if I could handle the 100 yard runs for very long, either...have to be pretty desperate. However, I know there's lots of places that are even flatter, with even shorter runs, less lifts and less snow than afton.

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Afton, I have my season pass there, I just wish it was taller. I think they've done a GREAT job with what they have to work with. The staff has been great, the food at Paul's Pub is lights out, they let you tailgate, and they even try to accommodate the hard to please park rats.

I went Friday night and it was already icy again. The rain, qnd then being windy and cold just packed it all done and iced it up good again. I went the day it snowed and yeah that was a blast too.
Deacon, have you been to Afton at all this week? I may go Saturday. Curious what the snow is like.

I went to Wild Mountain on Wednesday. I was suprised to see the melt. It seems like a ton of snow in my front yard but not on the hills. Spring is coming.
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My nearest snow hill (3 hours). 300 ft vert. Maybe 12 inches of natural snow in a good year. Pretty pathetic, especially for a $40 dollar lift ticket!!!



Not worth the drive or the money, so it goes to the Colorado fund instead.
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Deacon, have you been to Afton at all this week? I may go Saturday. Curious what the snow is like.

I went to Wild Mountain on Wednesday. I was suprised to see the melt. It seems like a ton of snow in my front yard but not on the hills. Spring is coming.
I went lat night. They still have a good base, but it was a pretty rough ride. This morning it maybe ok with the grooming, but if we have another 45 degree day like yesterday I'll probably stay home. I think I'm gonna huck it out to granite peak today. I like their spring prices!
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I went lat night. They still have a good base, but it was a pretty rough ride. This morning it maybe ok with the grooming, but if we have another 45 degree day like yesterday I'll probably stay home. I think I'm gonna huck it out to granite peak today. I like their spring prices!
Thanks for the heads up. Have fun
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Thanks for the heads up. Have fun
Yep, it's freezing rain right now in Hudson (12 miles north of Afton). If you're in the metro drive carefully wherever you go today. The weather says it's snowing in wausau, I'm leaving right now, should get there right about when they open.
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Yep, it's freezing rain right now in Hudson (12 miles north of Afton). If you're in the metro drive carefully wherever you go today. The weather says it's snowing in wausau, I'm leaving right now, should get there right about when they open.
I'm heading to GP too. Only a 5 minute drive for me

Snowing good here and will be all day.
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I'm heading to GP too. Only a 5 minute drive for me

Snowing good here and will be all day.
Nice.
I just stopped in cadott for a sec, and it's definitely better than it was 80 miles back. Another hour and I'll be happy!
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