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Old 03-01-2011, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How long do you wait in a lift line before you lose your mind?

Just wondering, I see many people talking about their awesome resorts, and always figured there was so much terrain that they couldn't possibly have lift lines.

When I was young, we went mainly on weekends, and long waits were common. We would be super happy to ski, hope onto the lift, rinse /repeat. Our resorts or small, the hills short and the amount of people riding back there was...ALOT.

Today, I ride either on evenings or weekdays.

On average, I've probably waited in line 5 seconds this year. No joke.

I watch some of the videos people serve up from big resorts, and see TONS of people on the hill compared to my tiny resort.. I have to wonder if my childhood dreams of big resort riding were all just fantasy?

So ..

question: how long is your average wait in your lift line? Where is the best place in the United States to ride with the most terrain and least amount of population in your opinion?
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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during the day when all the kiddies are in school, not so bad (<40 sec). week nights, mehhhhhh so/so (1-2 min). weekends, fo get about it 3min+. and thats with high speed lifts.


at least thats the longest i waited at any "resort" around here.
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I usually have no more than one or two groups in front of me. I doubt I've ever waited more than ten chairs. Granted, that's weekday riding, but it's also pow-day riding.
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Really weird because even in Breckenridge like some of the peaks would be literally ride up and go... but at beaver creek it was like 5+ minutes....
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When I was a kid and lifts were painfully slow, 30 minute waits weren't unheard of in Summit County, CO. Vail was notorious for 45-60 minute waits on busy days. I couldn't imagine doing that now. Since I go midweek a lot I often ride right up to the chair or wait no more than 30 seconds. On busy days I've had to wait up to 5-10 minutes at most.
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I try to avoid weekends on the east coast as much as possible. If there's a high-speed chair, it's not AS bad. But I've been in line for upwards of 15 minutes. Truly a bummer.
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If you shank people in line, there will be less of a line later.
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well since my mountain is the only one on the island, on weekends we get quite a bit of people.
weekends usually 10-15 min, but that usually the lift where the terrain park is located
weekdays 5 seconds to 1 minute.
but the lift to the outback is always empty so no waiting there haha.
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If you can ride weekdays, you're fine anywhere. If you're riding weekends in CO, just avoid any of the Epic Pass resorts and you'll still be fine. 90% of the Front Range doesn't realize that there is any skiing/riding outside of the Epic Pass resorts. Vail Resorts marketing is THAT good.
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