Saturday, October 25, 2014


Check out this photo I just stumbled upon from last year.

The Fans Were Spinning

We had a pleasant surprise this morning. Last night we were not expecting much snowmaking. The temps were a bit cooler than forecast and we had a fairly decent night. Fan guns were running on High Noon, Ramrod, and Dercum's Gulch. Dorse groomed the new snow on High Noon nicely. I took a couple of quality control runs about 8 AM and was very pleased. Look for a good change starting Monday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another Good Fall Day

We just had another beautiful day of fall skiing. It looks like the weather is heading for a favorable turn Sunday night / Monday with much colder temperatures and a little snow. Next up in the queue for opening is Ramrod.

Last Call - A Night In Bavaria

We are approaching Last Call for reservations for A Night In Bavaria, our Randonee, no chairlift dinner December 6. This morning there were less than 10 seats still available.  Each year, almost all of the Black Mountain Lodge dinners sell out in advance. This season, reservations are occurring at an unprecedented rate. So...if this interests you, please make your reservations soon. If the dinner that interests you is full, go ahead and call our Guest Services department (888-arapahoe) and get on the waiting list. There is, invariably, some last minute shuffling and we accommodate many of the people on the waiting list.

These dinners are a unique and special way to experience A-Basin.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Some White Stuff

We had a little bit of new snow this morning and a couple of snow showers in the afternoon. I know that fresh snow always brightens my day. Watching people having fun today, I am not the only one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The exterior finish on the new building will be primarily stucco with board and batten accents. Both of these construction phases are in progress right now. Watching the stucco is fairly cool. The artisans apply several layers over a few weeks. The final layer and finish to the building will be white with green trim. We designed  the building to be in sync with the other base area buildings. It is, intentionally, not exactly like the other building, but it is meant to compliment them and create a special feel for the base area. Within a few weeks the stucco and wood exterior finishes will be mostly complete and we will have a real sense of, not only the finished building, but also of the entire place. 

Clock In The Base Area

The new Kids Center building has a big clock visible from most of the base area. While placed, it won't be hooked up to electricity for a while, so don't count it just yet. On those great ski days, when you skied a couple of runs too many, you will know exactly how late you are going to be for work, meeting your significant other, picking up the kids, etc. etc. etc.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Snowmaking - The Next Steps

The wet bulb temperature the last few nights has been down to about 27 F, not ideal snowmaking. We have turned the system on a couple of those nights and made a little bit of snow.

When we put the snow cats on High Noon, we re-positioned nearly all of the snow guns. We kept several guns on High Noon. We deployed 2 guns on Dercum's Gulch above Black Mountain Lodge and the rest of the guns were placed on Ramrod. So, our next steps are 1) freshen up and enhance High Noon, 2) make snow on Ramrod and get it open, and 3) get started on Dercum's Gulch, working our way towards the top.

It looks like mid week, we may see some changes in the weather. Let's hope the overnight lows start dipping further down into the 20's or lower. While we are in a bit of a snowmaking lull at this very moment, it won't take much to really pick things up. The reservoir is full and the equipment is poised exactly where we need it.