Usually we aren't ones to miss Opening Day, but I had cycling commitments and Terry was flat on his back. I spent the morning at the cycling studio, then had a relaxing afternoon watching wildlife and finishing a mystery novel.
|Caution: Moose Crossing|
|Cycling Friends - Steven, Rad, and Tara|
In addition to wondering how our bodies would react, we were curious about the new ownership and what other changes we would observe. Since the Vail purchase in September, the most notable was the coffee announcement! I'm sure there is more to the story, but to drop Park City Coffee Roaster and at the last minute when they already had inventory, certainly wasn't following "Support Local" initiatives.
The 1st test was parking. We arrived before 9:30 and the lots were filling up quickly, but no major changes. Next up was the lift line protocol. All the access gates had been removed and replaced with employees with extra strength scanners. We have always kept our season passes in our pants to trigger the gates but learned quickly that a pass in your coat was easier for the humans.
Also different was the loading process from "Front Row" to an alternating lane system. It wasn't working very well, but maybe the skiers/employees just need some practice. As far as Fast Tracks, we were a little worried how it would work without gates. If you aren't familiar, Fast Tracks is similar to an express line at an amusement park. You pay more for the ability to go in a special lane and load immediately. Fast Tracks is now set up as an alternating lane with Ski Lessons and we didn't wait for a chair all morning. With the large Thanksgiving crowds and only 3 lifts open, it paid for itself immediately.
|Skis Crossed for More Snow|
|Happy Thanksgiving Selfie|
|2014-2015 Base Area - No changes, but betting it won't look like this next season|
|Bar Coming Down!|
|Thin Cover - You can still see Jenni's MTB trail|