NotaskibumWe've been over this already. skier visits were down 8% at epic resorts year over year. The only reason it felt crowded is because of not packing people into the lifts like normal.
**This post was edited on Mar 23rd 2021 at 1:56:40pm
Fair enough. Although I'd be interested to see the stats on a resort-by-resort basis. Speaking from personal experience, I think a number of smaller resorts saw an increase in visitors.
For example, I spent most of my season at Kirkwood this year. It's overshadowed by Heavenly and Northstar as the two major Epic pass resorts in Tahoe. This is great for me, because the wood is amazing and it doesn't get the same crowds as the larger resorts.
This year, however, it was different. Reservations filled up at Northstar and Heavenly during all the peak holidays and weekends. Visitors who missed out on a reservation at one of the big resorts still wanted to ski, so they made their reservation at the only other Epic resort in the area - Kirkwood. I am confident that Kirkwood's visits were up this year over the last few years
And I know it was more crowded than ever not because of the lines, but because of the parking. There was a Saturday where they had cars parked throughout all the parking lots, along the entire meadows loop, and on both sides of hwy 88 all the way to Caples Lake. That doesn't happen other years.
And I know it's selfish to wish for fewer crowds. More people skiing is better for the sport. But if that's the case, they need to improve infrastructure at the smaller resorts that aren't equipped to handle that amount of people.