Friday, October 20, 2017

Loveland Opened Today

Congrats to our friends at Loveland Ski Area for opening this morning. I am so happy to see people sliding down the snow at both Loveland and The Basin. Here's to another great season of deep snow, blue skies and lots of fun. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Website

We launched a new website yesterday. There will be many more images reflecting The Basin's look, feel and vibe. The navigation should be a lot easier on the front side. The backside of the website is much easier to manage so we can adjust and change content to more rapidly reflect the latest action. Lastly, the new site will be much more friendly with mobile applications.

The next project is a new e-store slated for next year. I know our current store is a bit klunky, but more cool stuff is coming.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ramrod Is Open

Ramrod is open for the season. The cat drivers spread the piles last night and the trail is ready to go. This has been a very good snowmaking season for us so far. Lots of very pleasant and fair days, but good, cold nights. Today and tomorrow our snowmaking team will be transporting equipment to the Upper Mountain. Now our snowmaking focus zeroes in on Lenawee Face, Dercum's Gulch and Molly Hogan with a special objective of getting Lenawee Mountain Lift open. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Slash Piles

We are burning slash piles along the proposed  Beavers lift line. We have already burned piles on The Steep Gullies Hike Back trail and plan on burning piles on Loafer and Davis.

There were multiple phases in our trail preparation work. First the loggers dropped the trees to the ground. Second, we used a helicopter to fly the logs to the parking lot. There the logs were chipped and transported to the biomass plant in Gypsum (that is another story). Third, a contract crew traveled the trails again flush cutting stumps and piling any remaining slash. That crew should be done this week. Fourth, our crews are burning those slash piles. Next season we may have to do a little more clean up and pile burning.

Our strategy for this entire process has been to minimize ground disturbance. Through this work, we have had no tracked or wheeled vehicles on these trails. While the trees have been removed, the ground has not been substantially disturbed. This has a significant and positive impact on erosion and water quality.

We will be burning as long as conditions allow or until we are done. I suspect we will be doing this for several more weeks.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Outstanding snowmaking

With a mid-mountain wet bulb temperature of 13 F, last night's snowmaking was outstanding as shown on this morning's web cam images. We turned the system on Friday night and it has been running since. We anticipate a shut down soon as today's temps warm up. The major focus has been on Ramrod, but we also have guns running on the Upper Mountain and Molly Hogan. The forecast for tonight looks good. We may see more terrain soon.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Opening Day Media

I thought this was a fun picture I took as first chair was getting ready to load.

Friday, October 13, 2017

We Are Skiing

We had a very fun opening day. People turned out and had a blast. Never underestimate people's desire to go skiing and riding. Thanks to all of our employees and guests that made today happen and thanks to Dave Camara for the photos.

Into The Night

The Park Crew worked into the night and this morning will be offering a 20' Down Rail, a Down Flat Down Rail, a Hitching Post Spine, a 20' Flat Rail and a Down Tower Tube. I think we can have some fun with these features.

20’ Down Rail
Down Flat Down Rail
Hitching Post Spine
20’ Flat Rail

Down Tower Tube