Editor’s note: Summit Voice is happy to once again have Emily Palm contribute her ski column, Steep Shots, every couple of weeks during the ski season. Palm is freelance writer based in Golden who heads up to the mountains as often as she can. Steep Shots also appears in the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
By Emily Palm
Not to hit you over the head with a frying pan of the obvious, but don’t forget the essentials that first day up on the slopes. (I don’t know about you, but the weather has had me thinking about disc golf more than skiing, bring on the snow!)
I speak from experience. A couple years back, I showed up at the A-Basin parking lot sans poles. Had it been later in the season — when you’re not waiting in line with the hordes only to ride up to a crowded death-luge course — I would have womanned up and called it a fortuitous mistake turned day-long “training” exercise. However, it was late October with crusty early-season snow, so I opted for some $7 rental poles.
Another rookie mistake I’ve made is forgetting my ski pass. You can do this a couple times each season, and Vail Resorts will simply print you up one for the day (with ID, of course). A-Basin, however, is a separate entity, so they don’t keep your Pass information handy, thus charging a $15 “convenience” fee for printing a temporary pass. I get that the workers need to go out of their way to check in with the Vail office to see that you indeed ponied up for a pass, but $15 seems like the Pali Face (steep, that is). When it happened to me, I’d already geared up, journeyed from the Last Chance Lot, and waited my turn at the booth, so I begrudgingly paid for what I thought would be a mea culpa no problema. Well, problema pequeno, if you’re a stingy Betty like me. Continue reading “Steep Shots: Gotta have that pass!”