We won’t have a locker this year.
The Canyons resort is “doing something else” with the space where we rented our season locker last year, and now we won’t have a locker.
This is a bigger hit than you might think; it means that instead of driving to our (paid-for) upper level parking and walking to the locker room and grabbing our gear, it means that we will have to schlepp stuff from our car to the chairlift. And it’s not just a matter of schlepping gear – it also means nowhere to sit comfortably and put on boots; no boot and glove dryers; no locker full of options (regular goggles or low-light? heavy fleece balaclava or light gaiter? No, I don’t want the parka liner – just give me the black vest) or place to keep energy drinks or Clif bars.
It’s a big enough deal that last year we spent more on the locker than either of our season passes cost. Prior to that, we were members of the Durango Mountain Club, which meant lockers and a ski valet.
Prior to that, we had a season locker – at the Canyons, from about 2000 to 2005, when we left. It’s been a long, long time since we haven’t had a family-sized locker at the ski hill.
I find that I’m really bummed about this. It makes it much more difficult to go skiing. I reckon I’m spoiled.
I keep trying to think of something funny to say here, but I can’t come up with anything. This knocks out the easy lunchtime ski trips; it means that a lot more effort and time is going to be involved in going skiing. And there aren’t any options – we did get another ski hill for our pass this year (the company that owns the Canyons bought Park City Mountain Resort, and we can ski both on the same pass) but PCMR doesn’t have season lockers either, as far as I can tell. (Update: PCMR does have season lockers, but there’s a waiting list, and “we don’t think it will be this year’. And that’s another 15 minutes of driving from the house).
There’s Deer Valley, and I’m sure that they would have something, but that would be yet another ten or fifteen minutes of driving, and DV is not cheap, and I’m sure that the lockers would be really expensive. I’m not even going to investigate.
Other than that, we’d have to drive down to the valley and up Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is even longer and more trouble and has the additional issue of canyons being closed for heavy snow.
So, we are doomed.
I suppose this is what Weird All would call a “First World Problem”.