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Re: Vail gondola

Postby ajkagy » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:27 am

lordhelmut wrote:Its why you live here.......

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the fact that chair is super slow and them having to stop it for gapers every 30 seconds makes it even worse...ouch. I thought they replaced that chair with a high speed?
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Re: Vail gondola

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:31 am

Somebody should start a gaper photo thread - no to poke fun of, but to educate the Texans on this site


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Re: Vail gondola

Postby EatinHardtack » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:45 am

I love this thread.
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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Dan_Suitor » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:54 am

ajkagy wrote:
lordhelmut wrote:Its why you live here.......

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the fact that chair is super slow and them having to stop it for gapers every 30 seconds makes it even worse...ouch. I thought they replaced that chair with a high speed?

That looks like the High Noon lift (#5) before they upgraded it. I think I see myself in line bitching up a storm having to wait while all of the fresh powder is being tracked up ](*,)

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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Chicago Transplant » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:33 am

I'm more of a Beaver Creek person myself, once you ditch the fur coats and Starbucks crowd in the village that mountain is all yours.

Of course I always laugh when I see that pic of the old Chair 5. If you are stuck in crowds like that at Vail, you're just not skiing the right parts of the mountain. :mrgreen:

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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Tony1 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:16 am

Wow! I'm very content with my Copper/WP + 6 Steamboat pass. Much simpler and not as far as a drive.

I've actually never skied Vail, but I want to sometime. All I know is that the place is huge. It's probably easy to get away from the crowds.

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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Mel McKinney » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:51 am

Chicago Transplant wrote:I'm more of a Beaver Creek person myself, once you ditch the fur coats and Starbucks crowd in the village that mountain is all yours.

Of course I always laugh when I see that pic of the old Chair 5. If you are stuck in crowds like that at Vail, you're just not skiing the right parts of the mountain. :mrgreen:


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Re: Vail gondola

Postby pills2619 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:18 pm

Epic Local pass is a good deal even if you compare it to Monarch. $550 is nothing for a season of skiing if you go every weekend as I do. Yeah Yeah it sucks to deal with disney world to get to the slopes but if your gonna let that ruin your day then you have other problems. And I'm sorry if I'm wrong here cause its only gonna be my second season but Vail seems to have some of the best terrain around, especially if you make it back to blue sky and some of the out of bounds trees(please feel free to disagree and list your fav spots ;)). I'm a mountain biker first however and I still feel like I'm cheating a bit by even using a lift to get to the top of the mountain, and the truth is we are. So its a little hypocritical to complain about expansion when the majority of skiers ski only because of expansion/lifts. So if your gonna use lifts you gotta deal with the other side of the sword, otherwise shut up about the world not being fair and be a badass and find the back country if expansion bothers you so much. I personally am purchasing AT boots and dynafit bindings for this reason but I'm still glad that when I feel like being a lazy ass that my overpriced ski resorts are still there.
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Re: Vail gondola

Postby fleetmack » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:32 pm

Calamari is an appetizer, fried squid. It is disgusting. Every time I am with a friend who orders it and they offer me some, I decline. The conversation usually goes like this:

Them: You don't like calamari?!
Me: No.
Them: Have you ever had it?
Me: Yes.
Them: You probably haven't had GOOD calamri, this place has the best.
Me: That's what everyone says
Them: No, seriously,it must have sucked. I know where the GOOD calamari is, try this.
Me: No, it'll be disgusting.
Them: Come on, you don't know anything about calamri, you've just had shitty calamari, try this and I bet you like it.
Me (reluctantly eating a piece of calamari): Ok, that tastes like complete ass.
Them: Do you not like seafood?
Me: Actually, shrimp is my favorite food, and I'll eat pretty much any seafood, except calamari & sushi, so I feel I have a good knowledge for what is good and what sucks.
Them: Oh, I guess you just don't like calamari.
Me: Correct, didn't I already say that before this conversation began?

This has happened about 15 times. The way I see it, since these people have all told me their calamari is the best, I have eaten 15 of the best calamari menu items available in the land. It still sucks.

Fans of Vail have coerced me into riding at Vail about 25 times in the last 10 years, taking me to the "finest runs", "best tree runs", etc. of this resort. Vail still tastes like Calamari to me.
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Re: Vail gondola

Postby pills2619 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:06 pm

yeah and calamari is still good. your the one missing out.
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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Flux » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:08 pm

My Vail/BC pass used to cost 1200 bucks.

If you know the good way to loop Vail on powder day you will get fresh tracks and beat the lift lines. Your legs will be cooked by the time you even come back to the front side and start gouging the woods.

You guys don't even know how good you have it. Imagine waiting all morning while they blast the top of the mountain and do all the avy cuts before they open it, if they open it at all. In Cali, the storms are so brutal and full of energy they close the entire tops of the mountains for days on end. In Colorado you just head out and ride while your tracks fill in behind you. Here it's a guessing game. You don't ride during the storm, you need to be there the day after it clears. And then you get to see your favorite runs slid out anyway after they popped them.

You guys also have trees, tons and tons of trees. Woods where the tourists don't go and the snow stays soft in the shade for days on end.

And the fur coats and lattes?? They paid for your nice high speed quads. Imagine sitting on a chair from 1960 for 40 minutes while they start the backup diesel motor and then only load every 4th chair after that so the main motor doesn't overheat again. I'd take the fur and lattes for nice state of the art chairs that don't shut down every hour when they are packed with powder hounds.

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Re: Vail gondola

Postby Matt » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:14 pm

I found this on TGR. It belongs here, too.
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