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(Denver Channel)   Despite having their deepest snowpack in a decade, ski resorts are ready to close   (thedenverchannel.com) divider line 50
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-03 09:14:27 AM  
I went spring skiing in Utah once a long time ago. There were shirtless people skiing one day, a snowstorm the next.
 
2005-04-03 09:58:24 AM  
Best time of year, to go to the ones that stay open
 
2005-04-03 10:02:49 AM  
The articles brings up some great points. Workers already have arrangements for summer employment, more people are thinking about golf and other things.
 
2005-04-03 10:44:54 AM  
People still ski?

I thought that was just a fad, like rollerblading or taibo....
 
2005-04-03 10:49:06 AM  
Need to biodome those mountains so that I can go mountain biking all year.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-03 11:11:08 AM  
Need to biodome those mountains so that I can go mountain biking all year.

Try snow-free Kilimanjaro.
 
2005-04-03 11:13:00 AM  
Yes, 'tis very sad...
I was up at Purgatory yesterday skiing a 100" base with fresh powder, and trying to convince the marketing guy to stay open. Ah well, time to save up for the season pass.
 
2005-04-03 11:15:56 AM  
The elk need to migrate, damn-it!
 
2005-04-03 11:17:58 AM  
Stupid resort owners, trying to maintain profits.
Still, I hate the Rockies. I'm stuck out east, facing mashed potatoes, boilerplate, and rocks. Still, I'll ski until the last mountains is closed.
 
2005-04-03 11:18:17 AM  
"We can count on people getting blasDe as soon as the Front Range turns green, and I have to admit, I'm ready to go hiking, too," Dougherty said.

Translation please.
 
2005-04-03 11:20:48 AM  
Grouse Mountain in North Van had 5 runs open this weekend, and the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival starts next weekend. Wooo Hoooo free concerts!!!
 
2005-04-03 11:33:24 AM  
Who cares. Really.

/Lived in Utah my whole life.
//Never been skiing.
 
2005-04-03 11:33:48 AM  
2005-04-03 11:20:48 AM Shadow Fairy

Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival starts next weekend. Wooo Hoooo free concerts!!!


AND its been dumping snow up here for the last week and a half - best snow we've seen all year!
 
2005-04-03 11:37:25 AM  
Skiing is the most elitist sport. It's all about being able to say on Monday morning: "What did we do this weekend? We decided, last minute, to fly to Vail."
 
2005-04-03 11:38:45 AM  
Shadow Fairy:

Grouse Mountain in North Van had 5 runs open this weekend, and the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival starts next weekend. Wooo Hoooo free concerts!!!


5 runs? That's it? ;)
Purg had 5 lifts open...
I'm sitting here debating whether or not to go up to Wolf Creek for last day stuff, they've got all 6 lifts open today.
 
sib
2005-04-03 11:42:05 AM  
*throws hands up in frustration, disgust, disbelief...

/east coast boarder
 
2005-04-03 11:45:19 AM  
Skiing is the most elitist sport. It's all about being able to say on Monday morning: "What did we do this weekend? We decided, last minute, to fly to Vail."
Wtf? I ski and so do most of my friends. We're pretty poor. (You can always find good deals and demo days if you look) I've never heard anyone say they flew anywhere for the weekend to ski.
Maybe you just hang out with assholes.
 
2005-04-03 11:46:00 AM  
As a skier this caught my interest, but seems an odd choice for a Fark article. Where's the depravity?
 
2005-04-03 11:50:33 AM  
thornhill: Skiing is the most elitist sport.


That's what I used to think, until I actually tried it.
 
2005-04-03 11:55:42 AM  
Skiing is the most elitist sport

Maybe, I nominate horse jumping or polo.
 
2005-04-03 11:59:38 AM  
Yeah, I've heard that people who play elephant polo are real snobs!
/As are people who make sweeping generalizations about sports
//myself included
 
2005-04-03 12:01:22 PM  
This happens most years at the end of the season. People just move on to other things and there aren't enough customers around to make it worth while to keep the mountain open. I have no evidence for this beyond what I was told, but when I worked at Sugarbush here in the rainy east, they told us the mountain really only had the potential to turn a profit about 12 days out of the year- but that on those really booming days, that was enough to keep the place open. So It's not like they're making any money at all this time of year, just losing it more quickly or slowly based on crowds.
 
2005-04-03 12:05:31 PM  
Skiing Every sport is the most expensive sport

There, fixed it.

/mountain biker
/4 bikes are worth more than my car
 
2005-04-03 12:06:40 PM  
Opps, but you get the point
 
2005-04-03 12:17:24 PM  
I learned to ski when I was 6 years old,...in Austria

Never been to Colorado in the winter, always in the summer. I have been caught in a snow storm on Mt. Evans in July and August, maybe because I was 150 feet higher than Pikes Peak.

I'm still trying to sell my special skis that fold up just forward of the binding. This allows you to ski right up to the bar for an adult beverage.
 
2005-04-03 12:40:10 PM  
"We can count on people getting blasDe as soon as the Front Range turns green, and I have to admit, I'm ready to go hiking, too," Dougherty said.

Translation - It's when you go in to the woods and get all blasded up!

A-basin was sweet yesterday, blue skys, about 10 kegs, fashion show...lots of blasde'in
 
2005-04-03 01:13:10 PM  
SonikDethMunkey, you have failed to communicate any new information.
 
2005-04-03 01:37:02 PM  
Well, if it isn't Stan Darsh...
 
2005-04-03 01:42:50 PM  
So this is just evidence that skiers don't actually like skiing, they just don't have any better options in the winter, right? It seems that as soon as other outdoor options present themselves, skiers abandon the slopes.
 
2005-04-03 01:43:50 PM  
I Was born in Michigan and now live in Southern California. One major reason: too dammed much cold and snow.
The seasons of Michigan: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Winter, Winter, Winter, Winter.
 
2005-04-03 02:15:23 PM  
I lived in Denver for 7 years. This happens every single year. I think there's like 22 different resorts, all within a 2-hour drive from Denver so once the mad ski rush ends there just aren't enough people to support 22 resorts. You also notice the close ones, which are also the cheap ones, stay open longer, as do the really fancy ones like Vail and Steamboat.

If you haven't heard people say they just flew in to ski, then you haven't been to Vail or Aspen.
 
2005-04-03 02:25:39 PM  
Aspen doesn't count as a ski town. It is just a place where the very rich congregate and drop loads of cash at super-fancy restaurants/hotels/whatever. Some of them do occasionally take some time out of their day to ski, but not often. The people who are actually interested in skiing (like me and a lot of other non-rich people around here) generally goto places like Loveland or Arapahoe Basin.

And no skiing does not have to be a rich, elitist sport. The average person can actually afford to do it at least a couple of times a year. It is all about looking around for the right deal on things.
 
2005-04-03 02:35:16 PM  
If it was my choice, I would move the whole farking town of Aspen to California. Snob city... Unless you're forking over the cash just to have your ass kissed.
 
2005-04-03 03:09:40 PM  
College students can get some great deals on season passes. Killington VT is $200 for a student pass with no blackouts. Hunter NY is $300 with no blackouts and that isn't even a college pass. It's a youth pass for 18-24 year olds so all you drop outs can get a good deal too.


Just saying, nothing elitist about a poor college kid getting away skiing and drinking a few weekends a year.
 
2005-04-03 03:19:44 PM  
Current Denver temp = 76 degrees

The motorcycle leaves the garage in 10 minutes

Ski stuff = packed away last week
 
2005-04-03 03:54:13 PM  
So this is just evidence that skiers don't actually like skiing, they just don't have any better options in the winter, right? It seems that as soon as other outdoor options present themselves, skiers abandon the slopes.
I really like mountain biking as well. However, when the first snow comes, I'm ready to drop the bike right freakin' now and head for the mountains. (one of the nice things about living in So Cal) I guess you just get excited when you get a chance to do something you enjoy after it hasn't been available for a while.
 
2005-04-03 04:45:49 PM  
2005-04-03 11:37:25 AM thornhill
Skiing is the most elitist sport.
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Never been skiing in the east, eh? The most common sight is a down jacket patched with duct tape.
 
2005-04-03 04:51:11 PM  
Obviously a hoax. There hasn't been snow anywhere in the world since 1998, due to global warming.
 
2005-04-03 05:18:14 PM  
SNOWBOARDING rules over skiing

what kind of maneuverability do you possibly have with 2 wankers on your feet and two more in your hands?
 
2005-04-03 06:44:27 PM  
Brockway

Obviously a hoax. There hasn't been snow anywhere in the world since 1998, due to global warming.

Obviously. It's pretty warm here and I heard the temperature is just going to keep rising for the next couple of months!

/about as good an argument as yours.
 
2005-04-03 08:17:36 PM  
thornhill: Skiing is the most elitist sport.

That's what I used to think, until I actually tried it.


Couldn't have said it better myself.
 
2005-04-03 11:34:08 PM  
actually SNOWBOARDING is the elitist sport ;)

just cause the true old-school boarders own the skiers on the hill and in the terrain park
 
2005-04-04 12:10:31 AM  
A-Basin was awesome yesterday, the beach party was kicking it in high gear, costumes aqnd kegs. Seeing guys ripping by on boards with capes flying, great weather out there.. sun and soft snow.

Spring skiing is the best in Colorado, deep base and sunny skies.

/boarding owns
 
2005-04-04 12:23:39 AM  
Now, this headline sounds like the premise for a whole crapload of 80's movies in which a business (run by a lovable loser, of course) is on the brink of going bankrupt, but the main characters cook up some wacky moneymaking scheme to save it (i.e.: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo).

Somebody get Scott Baio on the horn, and pronto.
 
2005-04-04 04:52:13 AM  
Actually, politics is the most elitist sport.
And please dont flame war this, it'll melt the snow even quicker.
 
2005-04-04 06:39:25 AM  
Went to Beckenridge last week and I'll probably go 2 more days this week, then I'll start going to Loveland after Breck closes, then hit A-Basin a few more times after that. Skied until late June last year, and I'm gonna see if I can ski in July this year just to say I did.
 
2005-04-04 07:35:00 AM  
2005-04-03 05:18:14 PM nighthawk99
"SNOWBOARDING rules over skiing
what kind of maneuverability do you possibly have with 2 wankers on your feet and two more in your hands?"

http://skidebosses.com/2004/videos/cm09/cm09-1H.wmv
 
2005-04-04 09:12:39 AM  
I hear the ski slopes close down like this even when there is snow because the only people left skiing are the locals and die hards who bought their season passes back in the fall. Thus there are very few new paying customers.
 
2005-04-04 12:03:11 PM  
It's not always about the 'paying customers'/lift tickets. Lift tickets aren't where most ski areas make their money. It's in real estate sales. And then food/alcohol sales. Season pass holders might not be buying a lift ticket...but they might be buying a sandwich or beer afterwards.
 
2005-04-09 02:16:36 PM  
I just got back from a week of boarding in Portes du Soleil in France/Switzerland, and boy was it awesome. THe snow was almost gone, and there is not much wax left on my board, but then the snow started again on the second to last day there, at least I got some powder before going home.

A big plus of skiing/boarding in europe is that it is far cheaper, there are larger networks of ski areas. THe first three days I never took the same lift twice. Still, I like smaller areas a lot too: Santa Fe, Red River, Ski Apache, Wolf Creek. I just wish they weren't 50-60 smackeroos for a day of skiing the same three good runs over and over.
 
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