Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blogger Comment Issues

So we have discovered there is a problem with Blogger, the site that hosts this blog. Your comments used to come through directly. They don't anymore and Blogger doesn't seem to know how to fix it. The good news is that I can manually dig around on the back side of the blog and post your comments. The bad news is that I have to remember to manually dig around the back side of the blog.  I apologize that many comments have taken a while to get posted. I will try and get them out there as quickly as I can (remember to check). PLEASE, PLEASE keep sending in your comments.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Argentine North Fork Trail

The Argentine North Fork Trail winds its way from Mountain Goat Plaza in the base area up to Black Mountain Lodge. It is an easy 2 mile walk or a moderate 2 mile bike ride with a couple of tight, climbing turns. It is a great little hike. It is a great connection to the Lenawee Trail off the back side which is quite fun for hiking and biking. The Lenawee Trail is definitely a tough, but much admired bike ride.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top 'O Pali

Here is a nice Summer view of the top of Pali from the top of Black Mountain Express. Slalom Slope, in particular, is a very lush, steep tundra slope. That lift is such an A-Basin icon. No doubt, it is my favorite chairlift anywhere. Biggest and best terrain for the shortest ride.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Black and Lenawee Mountain

While I love to see Black and Lenawee Mountains completely covered with snow, the summer views aren't bad either. There are scattered green patches of tundra among mostly rocks. With a little patience, you can often spot some white dots (mountain goats) moving around.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Black Mountain Express Weekends

Black Mountain Express will be open every Saturday and Sunday through September 2. You can ride the chair, hike down the Argentine North Fork Trail, hike up to the Summit or just enjoy some BBQ and a beverage on the Black Mountain Lodge deck. I ride it every chance I get. The view coming down is really fun.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


The Wedding Season is rolling right along. We have had plenty of fun up here and the views just can't be beat.

WE ARE OPEN - Local Band Jam Day

So we are open today. The Triple Bypass bike ride will be going over Loveland Pass. The East side of the pass will be closed from 10 AM until 2 PM. Access from Keystone and the West side will be open all day.

It is Local Band Jam Day. Come listen to Stagger Home, Old Herman, John Truscelli Band and The Frisco Funk Collective. Play some disc golf. Ride the Black Mountain Express. Enjoy the 6th Alley or Black Mountain Lodge decks. Have the kids play some yard games. Go for a hike. Bring your binos and spot the mountain goats on the East Wall. Avoid the summer crowds and enjoy The Basin.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lots Of Helicopter Work

In addition to the "Old 105 Tower", we kept the helicopter quite busy yesterday afternoon. We flew tools and equipment into the Beavers bottom terminal to start lift construction there. We flew concrete to the top of Pali for a modification to the Ski Patrol Hut up there.

We also flew all of the Norway towers to the base area. Of all the materials in this decommissioned lift, we will either sell or recycle 99+% of it. Our next step on the lift is to rehabilitate the lift tower and station sites.

Helicopters always bring out people and cameras.