A-Basin & Keystone 11/8/08
08 Nov, 2008
The morning started out at A-Basin where I met up with Becky and Bru to ride for the day. We expected that A-Basin would be less crowded than the openings of Breck and Keystone. It is a bummer that Vail Resorts only allowed their employees to ride at A-basin when Breck and Keystone were open.
However we were wrong, it was very busy and with the 2nd chair not open yet by 10am…lines were bad on the 1st chair.
Becky and Bru riding down A-Basin
After one run on the lower half (not even second chair open yet), waiting in line for a good 45 minutes we decided to head over to Keystone to see what was up there.
Keystone is less than 10 minutes from A-Basin to easy quick drive over and find parking. We walked to the new Gondola in River Run and as we came around the corner, we had to laugh at how long the line was for the gondola.
Here’s us at the end of the line, it went around the corner to the right in front of the gondola.
The new gondola location
While the bottom of the Keystone gondola was bare and dry, the top was snow covered with white trees and cloudy skies for the day.
Keystone made sure to have a terrain park for opening weekend with a ton of features. It was jam packed each time riding by.
Unfortunately, the runs were quite crowded and I am surprised I made it out alive without having any collisions.
Bru riding down
A look from the parking lot at the traffic coming down Keystone to the gondola
We headed back to A-Basin to finish up the day after two runs took a long time of waiting and very few time riding.
Looking forward to riding Loveland tomorrow with great terrain open and barely any lines. Never Summer will also be there demo’ing snowboards!