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    Photographs and videos of what skiers in Vail dubbed the “lift line apocalypse” went viral on social media last week. The footage showed hundreds of people queuing at chairlifts over the weekend, with some of the crowds venting their frustration by booing. Denver-based television station 9 News reported some skiers had waited for 75 minutes; Powder magazine said some visitors had stood in line as long as two hours. Car parks at the resort overflowed on Saturday, with 456 cars forced to park at the roadside.

    The queues were the result of a storm that dumped more than three feet of snow in 48 hours, drawing large numbers of skiers while also forcing the closure of much of the area while patrollers carried out safety work. While such a big storm is relatively rare, the images of the resulting chaos were so widely shared in part because they tie-in to wider concerns about overcrowding at resorts across the US. Many outlets described Vail’s “epic lift lines”, an oblique reference to the Epic Pass, the season-long pass introduced by Vail Resorts in 2008 which has revolutionised the US ski industry. Rather than buy an individual day ticket (currently $209 at Vail), for $969 the Epic Pass allows skiers unlimited visits all winter to the 37 ski areas owned by Vail Resorts, as well as up to a week at 41 affiliates worldwide. Its success, and that of a rival, Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass, has led to a wave of consolidation, with small, independent resorts stuggling to compete and so either selling up or entering partnerships to feature on one of the big passes.



    https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/...pology/233597/

  • #2
    $209 for a single day pass?!?! Yikes. I was last there in 1998, and I think the weekly pass was not much more than that.

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    • #3
      For one skier, the wait for the chairlift was his last. Headline: Skier suffocates to death after getting caught in Colorado chairlift

      https://www.9news.com/article/news/l...4-02bc8a42df71

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      • #4
        This is why I always cross country skied.

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        • #5
          I never skied at all because the ski season always conflicted with the indoor track season.

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          • #6
            First . . . world . . . problems . . .

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            • #7
              I've stood in some long lift lines, but nothing like in that photo. I'd bail and go home.

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              • #8
                almost looks like the line at the South Col

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                • #9
                  It does...

                  As noted I don't know why anyone would hang around those lines....and these days they must have known about the crowds even before getting to the tunnel....I've skied at Vail and never saw anything remotely like that.

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                  • #10
                    Such a huge ski area. I have friends with a place there and they seem to know the ebb and flow of crowds on different runs and lifts and how to avoid it, but on a day like that pictured, there's nowhere that wouldn't be crazy.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gh View Post
                      almost looks like the line at the South Col
                      Or Half Dome . . .

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                      • #12
                        You mean the cable route?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                          You mean the cable route?
                          Dome-5-lift-lines1.jpg

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                          • #14
                            Looks like Pharaoh's Army ...charge!

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