Since waving goodbye to the Epic Pass in 2019, this Summit County indie has been thriving
An excellent interview, but not surprising considering the subject and who was interviewed. Well done. The fixed grip chairs are fine. Let's the older skiers rest their legs.
Great Podcast, Stuart! I skied here last weekend (Sunday, April 10) after 3-5 inches of snow on top of ice from a warm day before and it was fantastic. It being a Powder Day Sunday, it was not busy. I think that this is because of the pass sales practices you discussed. I am looking forward to the Lenawee upgrade to a high-speed 6 pack, mostly because of the wind exposure to this lift alignment results in quite frigid blasts and sometimes frequent lift stops.
The Vail purchase and anti-trust saga is quite fascinating and I am glad you guys spent some time on this transition and pass combinations.
In regards to your question about lodging I believe that the restriction is based on the Forest Service ownership of the lands at the base, and majority of the mountain (aside from a few small mining claim sections). Avalanche risks to the east and west on Highway 6 are also likely causes to the dearth of lodging at this elevation.
There are several pull-offs on the highway I frequently see campers, vans, etc. parked used as overnight lodging.
Great Podcast & Article! I was actually sold on going to A-Basin one of these years even before this article & podcast came out, due to the time you interviewed Jeff Kohnstamm and he described Mt. Hood Ski Bowl as "The A-Basin of Oregon" or something like that. That quote alone actually made me research A-Basin and add it to my bucket list before this article and podcast came out, lol
I love Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, so if A-Basin is like a larger version of that with Colorado powder, I'm already sold.
It had lodging: those of us who used to sleep in the parking lot.