Sunday, April 15, 2018
This ski resort has both pros and cons.
-This ski resort is a lot larger than the other ski resorts near the Twin Cities, and they have a variety of runs
-There are several chalets and all of the chalets are in good condition
-The chairlifts here are significantly faster than the lifts at nearby resorts, and there's a pad on every chairlift that makes them more comfortable to sit on
-There's a nice overlook on sunny days from the top of the hill
-The prices here are extremely high and there's almost no benefit to buying a season pass early
-The season passes at nearby resorts are half the price when purchased in the spring
-If you come here during a weekday, only a couple of chairlifts are open, and because of that, you can only use some of the runs. They're never fully open on weekdays, and several times I've seen a huge line at a chairlift on a weekday simply because none of the nearby lifts were open.
-This resort is extremely crowded during every single weekend, and because of that, it's not fun to come here on the weekends. I've also gone to most of the nearby resorts during weekends, and although they also get busy, they aren't anywhere near as crowded as Afton.
-It's extremely irritating how they use scanners to scan your lift pass, because the workers scan your pass every single time you go by them and the scanners they use are slow to read your pass. There have been countless times where the line has gotten held up by a scanner, causing multiple lifts go by without anyone getting on them.
-At the very least, they should have fewer workers scanning passes, because when I go to other nearby resorts, it's very rare for anyone to ask to see my season pass. There's no reason why Afton needs a worker to scan my pass 20 or 30 times in a single day.
-Additionally, look up as you're about to board a chairlift. They also have permanent scanners at every chairlift, and so Vail is closely tracking your moves at this resort
-They're extremely slow to open all of the runs at the beginning of the season and they're always the last resort in the metro to fully open
-Then in the spring they're usually the first resort to close for the season
-They do a very poor job at providing a heads up prior to a closure or a re-opening. They often don't announce their plans on Facebook until just hours prior to it, but other resorts such as Wild Mountain will let you know about their plans days in advance.