Maybe you noticed, maybe you haven’t. In ski country there are lines everywhere. Perhaps that is just an element of American culture. “If there is a line, it must be where I have to be.” Lines in the supermarket, lines at the airport, lines on the offramp, lines, lines, lines…
Well in ski country we have lines too. Fortunately, with a little attentiveness you can avoid some of them. One that comes to mind is the lift line. Perhaps it’s the name, but folks are willing to stand in the longest line. Perhaps the length of the line determines the quality of the ride 😉 Usually there is a longest line because people are just hanging with the crowd. In Breckenridge, after getting your ticket scanned. You will enter the lift maze, quickly look to see the shortest line. Many times (I mean it), many times 5 lines will be full and one will be empty. It is crazy to me. I just slide up in that line, right to the front of the lift maze. I save myself 5-10 minutes. Check the singles line if applicable. Yet, if the lines are of the same length choose the one nearest the entry to the chair. At Breckenridge they will usually have a person in the front of the line calling, “Front Row”. The line closest to the chair will load the chair first.
Look for the cash register without a line. Also, at Breckenridge, the cashier accepts lines on both sides of the cash register. I cannot tell you how many times I have walked up to the side of the register without a person standing in it. The other side has 6 people waiting while their food gets cold. I usually let the other side cash out two people. They I cash out. The funny part is that rarely will someone from the other line join me on the empty line. People are silly.
Instead of stopping for lunch at 12 (like everybody else), stop at 11:30 or 1.
On the slope
Evidently, skiers have a strong herding instinct. We travel down the mountain in packs. If you catch yourself doing this, and you feel a bit claustrophobic. Gradually make your way to the side of the run, let the crowd pass, then enjoy the run to yourself. And if you see everyone going down one run, think about exploring less traveled terrain.
On Peak 7, everyone skis down the “outside” runs – Monte Cristo, Pioneer. Yet, even on the most crowded days few people ski the middle runs Wirepatch and Lincoln Meadows. Why? Probably because a skier/rider will flow down the run they started on, rather than looking for a run less traveled.
There are example of bucking the trend all around the resort. Look at the lines, and look for the alternatives. Who knows, you may just find good ones.
To your sliding success,
Maybe you noticed, maybe you haven’t. In ski country there are lines everywhere. Perhaps that is just an element of American culture. “If there is a line, it must be where I have to be.” hmmm…