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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Some of you people have to set the alarm an hour or two earlier if crowds are your problem.
    That would be an excellent solution if I were the only one to do that. But now that most of the bay area has caught on, gonna have to start showing up in the dark.
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    Maybe if they just started running lifts 24-7 they could spread people out better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    Isn't PowMow owned by a bunch of douchey tech bros? I think I'd take Vail over that.
    Might be, I'm not sure. But its still a lot of fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredgnar View Post
    Maybe if they just started running lifts 24-7 they could spread people out better.
    I saw that at Perfect North in Indiana back in the 90s.

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    Part of the problem is that there are no more secrets... for the most part. The internet has made everybody a powder chaser and information that used to be hard to find is now being monetized.

    Also... fat skis and Vail
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    Oh... and instagram
    The K-12 dude. You make a gnarly run like that and girls will get sterile just looking at you - Charles De Mar

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    Isn't PowMow owned by a bunch of douchey tech bros? I think I'd take Vail over that.
    Yep. They are creating their own utopia out there.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...ch-millennials

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatty View Post
    Yep. They are creating their own utopia out there.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...ch-millennials
    oof, barf. There really aren't any undiscovered places anymore in the US

    Edit again to say that article is so cringy, it almost ready like an Onion article. I retract my endorsement of powmow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    I dunno, I think you just need to put an anti-Ikon sticker on yer skis, it would change everything by next season.
    Nah, I left Park City when the hand writing was getting written on the wall and moved to Montana, that was in 1992.

    I have been looking for the kick in the ass to get out of Bozeman and who knows, maybe this is it. I have been looking at some places that are less crowded for a couple of years. I don't really think I need a mega resort in my life to be content anymore. 25 years of 100+ days and the past 8 years of 50 days lead me to that conclusion. But thanks for the suggestion. While I am not happy about all the new found friends I still adhere to the adage, "don't be a dick".

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    Anecdotal Ikonicness: Last Sunday I was a little off the back for 10 overnight in LCC. Left Sugarhood at 7:35am, hit the snake at about the Swamp Lot. Google traffic showed red snake up Wasatch yo the mouth from there, but clear sailing from La Caille light and up 94th to the mouth.
    Slightly incredulous, I obeyed the robot overlords and veered off at the La Caille light and sure enough, cruised right up to about 200yds before the merge.
    The only thing I could think was the vast majority of those cars backed up the hill were Ikoners who had no idea about options B, C and D to get to the mouth.

    Ive heard some legit rumblings from Alta muckity-mucks about the Ikon pass. Huge numbers, but longtime pass holders are pissed. Id expect fewer Alta Ikon days next year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shredgnar View Post
    Maybe if they just started running lifts 24-7 they could spread people out better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Ive thought about coming back but now its overrun!

    Tried to go there last Wednesday and arrived at a completely road parked resort
    Yeah, road parking is becoming the norm, at least far more often than it was ever in the past. Last Wednesday was pretty insane, since LCC closed and everyone headed up BCC. You name it, long lines, aggro gapers and everything skied out almost instantly. Traverses were especially bad, full of clueless dolts stopped in the middle, and you know how SorryDude requires traverses to get to the goods. Got yelled at by some beater doofus snowboarder at Summit for calling out single. Sheesh

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    This past sunday was the first time I've ever thought "these crowds aint worth it" at the bird.

    I got up early and got third chair on zoom, then waited for a minute at gad ii because there was some weird issue. They loaded us by like 9:15 though.

    I got three good runs in and then it started to get crowded, and by 10:30 it was the busiest I have ever seen it at both zoom and gad ii. It's taken it from "oh, this is busy but doable" to "there are far too many people here" and it sucks, I love the bird and I am feeling like the character of it changed overnight and I really don't see what they will get out of it long term since most Ikon holders I talk to on the hill are staying in town.

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    What theyre getting, is skier visits. They could give a fuck about the experience, its all about skier visits.
    Go on now
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    Quote Originally Posted by boardtodeath View Post
    This past sunday was the first time I've ever thought "these crowds aint worth it" at the bird.

    I got up early and got third chair on zoom, then waited for a minute at gad ii because there was some weird issue. They loaded us by like 9:15 though.

    I got three good runs in and then it started to get crowded, and by 10:30 it was the busiest I have ever seen it at both zoom and gad ii. It's taken it from "oh, this is busy but doable" to "there are far too many people here" and it sucks, I love the bird and I am feeling like the character of it changed overnight and I really don't see what they will get out of it long term since most Ikon holders I talk to on the hill are staying in town.
    That last part is what I assumed was happening. If you are a casual skiier in the valley area, why not have a pass and get 5 bird days 5 Alta days and unlimited soli days. Will definitely increase skiier visits but also will cannibalize existing day ticket sales, so how much benefit will it be financially ?


    EDIT due to my lack of reading comprehension. Staying in town, not living in town. Got it. Carry on.....
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    Last edited by Duffman; 02-14-2019 at 12:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not bunion View Post
    Nah, I left Park City when the hand writing was getting written on the wall and moved to Montana, that was in 1992.

    I have been looking for the kick in the ass to get out of Bozeman and who knows, maybe this is it. I have been looking at some places that are less crowded for a couple of years. I don't really think I need a mega resort in my life to be content anymore. 25 years of 100+ days and the past 8 years of 50 days lead me to that conclusion. But thanks for the suggestion. While I am not happy about all the new found friends I still adhere to the adage, "don't be a dick".
    Hey, I was just liking your direct action rather than just placing some passive-aggressive stickers on skis and just whining on the internet about things like others will be doing.

    Quote Originally Posted by joetron View Post
    I’d expect fewer Alta Ikon days next year.

    I'm expecting this from a bunch of crowded resorts. I could see Alta doing something different than SB though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boardtodeath View Post
    I really don't see what they will get out of it long term since most Ikon holders I talk to on the hill are staying in town.
    In another thread it was mentioned that each resort gets a significant amount of money for every Ikon visitor who skis. I'm sure SB is making quite a bit this year (despite a drop in day ticket sales due to Ikon purchases.) if they ain't, things will change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri-Ungulate View Post
    Yeah, road parking is becoming the norm, at least far more often than it was ever in the past. Last Wednesday was pretty insane, since LCC closed and everyone headed up BCC. You name it, long lines, aggro gapers and everything skied out almost instantly. Traverses were especially bad, full of clueless dolts stopped in the middle, and you know how SorryDude requires traverses to get to the goods. Got yelled at by some beater doofus snowboarder at Summit for calling out single. Sheesh
    The $379 college pass isn't helping things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boardtodeath View Post
    This past sunday was the first time I've ever thought "these crowds aint worth it" at the bird.

    I got up early and got third chair on zoom, then waited for a minute at gad ii because there was some weird issue. They loaded us by like 9:15 though.

    I got three good runs in and then it started to get crowded, and by 10:30 it was the busiest I have ever seen it at both zoom and gad ii. It's taken it from "oh, this is busy but doable" to "there are far too many people here" and it sucks, I love the bird and I am feeling like the character of it changed overnight and I really don't see what they will get out of it long term since most Ikon holders I talk to on the hill are staying in town.
    Agreed. I can put up with it being busy, but its getting to the point that if they don't have every lift spinning its barely skiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowaddict91 View Post
    Agreed. I can put up with it being busy, but its getting to the point that if they don't have every lift spinning its barely skiable.
    Yeah, on Sunday I postponed the inevitable by heading to little cloud for a few laps but by 11 even little cloud was all-time with the line. I left by noon, I assume they got peruvian open in the afternoon but as you say unless every major lift is rolling the lines become day-breaking. And this is just since this past Jan, before 2019 I hadn't seen it like this ever. At this point the wife and I are just hoping that everyone has used their bird/alta days by the spring time because with this snowpack I hope the bird stays good through may and that the crowds at least taper off for spring skiing.

    On the plus side, this weekend the wife and I are going to powmow for the first time ever (only wasatch resort I haven't been to) to try to get away from the crowds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatty View Post
    Mt. Bachelor
    Bridger Bowl
    Brighton (all of the Boyne Resorts)
    Mt. Hood Meadows

    Key is that most of those are not destination resorts.
    110%.

    Can only speak for bachelor and Meadows personally, but locals pay the bills (more so at Mt hood, because there's no incentive for non-locals to ski there), so I don't see the need for them to get in bed with a mega pass. Still crowded AF and feels more crowded every year.

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    45 minute lift lines at Alta are ridiculous (that was midweek 1978).

    Theoretically the IKON pass should encourage people to take more ski trips. The great majority of people who buy IKON passes will obviously be people at the unlimited destinations, like Squalpine--people who in years past bought local passes. If these people are traveling more there should be fewer people skiing at SVAM on any given day. It's possible that more IKONs were sold to SVAM skiers than regular season passes in previous years, but I doubt it, since the IKON costs more and the cheapest midweek passes were eliminated. So all in all SVAM should be less crowded--an increase in skier traffic at places like Altabird should be matched by a decrease at SVAM. In fact, SVAM has been at least as crowded this year. The point is--I don't think it's the IKON pass that is primarily responsible for the perceived increased masses people are complaining about.
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    I heard 34% of Bird visits overall this year have been ikon. That was from one of the mountain hosts who I rode the lift with, no idea if it's accurate but I see a whole lotta people with their ikon passes on a lanyard worn around their neck. At any rate, all of my east coast friends bought the Ikon and it's cool that it's bringing them out to visit at least.

    Pretty sure that the base Ikon is cheaper than any other central wasatch season pass too. So if you normally skied the 'tude, it made more sense to buy the Ikon this year (if you can handle the blackouts).

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    Maybe there's not more people, there's just more people complaining.

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    Im here for IKON acronyms. Not seeing any.


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