Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pallavicini Lift Opens Friday

It is true, Pali Lift is opening for the season this Friday, November 27. Happy Day After Thanksgiving. From the top of the lift skiers and riders can access West Wall, South Chute, Slalom Slope, North Chute, Upper Powderkeg, Grizzly Road and Radical. 

The forecast for the weekend has unsettled weather. We may see a bit of snow. With "THE LIFT" open, our Ski Patrol has even easier and faster access to the North Side. Their avalanche work will continue and intensify. Depending on what we see for snowfall, we may see some public skiing in more and steeper places like 13 Cornices and Standard. Keep your eyes and ears open. More fun is coming. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top O' Pali

Very nice view and very nice skiing from the Top of Pallavicini this morning.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Slalom Slope Open This Afternoon

Slalom Slope is open for a while this afternoon and the skiing is quite good. Most seasons we will open the Slalom area for a few days prior to opening Pali Lift. Skiers and riders have to hike up a little bit from the saddle to access the skiing. By opening terrain in this fashion, we pack the snow out slowly over a few days. Generally, this keeps the snow in better shape and you get a little adventure by having to hike.

You also know this means that opening Pali Lift can't be too far away.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lodging At A-Basin

Don't fret, there are no plans to build any lodging at A-Basin.

There is, however, a rich history of lodging at A-Basin. I think in the 40's and 50's some type of lodging existed here, but my details are fuzzy. In the early 60's a very cool looking lodge was built on the site of the A-Frame. Sadly, it burned down December 4, 1965. The current A-Frame was built on the foundation of that building and, initially, there were rooms for rent in there. In the A-Frame down by the Men's Room and on the 2nd Floor by the spiral staircase, there are photos and newspaper articles about this lodge and the fire. There was also the Denver University Faculty Club Lodge down below the bottom of Pali right next to our Maintenance Shop. In Black Mountain Lodge there is a very nice drawing of a proposed lodge (and ice skating rink) at mid-mountain. That drawing was done in 1946 by Max Dercum's Father.

I personally never experienced these lodges (although I lived in a caretaker apartment here for four years). I have, however, spoken with many, many people that either worked or stayed in the various lodging properties. I think these early ski pioneers had plenty of good times spending the night here. A lot of colorful times have gone down in The Basin's 69 years. Sounds like fun to me.

Arapahoe Basin Lodge, early 1960's

Saturday, November 21, 2015

More Terrain - Uphill Access Open

It was a good day. Our 31" of snow the last five days was followed by a clear, winter, bluebird day today. More terrain did open. The Eastern half of Lenawee Parks was opened. We had skiers on Cornice Run / West Wall, Norway and Powerline. I think you can count on even more terrain Sunday. It is good and people were really having fun. I like that.

Also, Uphill Access is now in normal operating mode. Make sure you have a FREE Uphill Access Pass from Guest Services. The key word here being, FREE. When you get the pass, you also get a page of rules. There are periods when Uphill Access is closed, most commonly due to avalanche work. The "Terrain Status" page of our website posts current status of Uphill Access. Be sure and check the website before you head this way. This is a very cool program, but it only works when people take the time to get the pass and understand the program. Thanks to all of you that participate.

I just saw Kent and Doris heading uphill.

Friday, November 20, 2015

More Terrain and Uphill Access

 It snowed very heavily here throughout the morning. A little while ago it stopped and the sun started popping out and then I looked out the window again 5 minutes ago and it was dumping.

OK, a lot of terrain is about to open. There is a great deal of work involved and sometimes it is hard to predict exactly how long that will take. Typically, when I am vague with my answers about "when", I usually do not know exactly when some things will be ready. When you throw in the weather, snowmaking, avalanches, people, grooming, etc., the variables really add up. So, today is a good day with Lenawee Parks and a few other spots open. Tomorrow morning we will be opening the rest of our green terrain. I think tomorrow afternoon there may be some nice ski treats, maybe on the West Side. If the 24 hours go as planned, we may have some uphill access news also. So, stay tuned. Watch the website, or even better, get up here and go skiing.

There are no secrets here. Simply, opening trails up takes some time and some snow. The absolute best part of my job is getting terrain open and watching people having fun skiing and riding that terrain.

Morning photo

2:05 PM

Good Photos

It is hard to take good photos when it is snowing this hard.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

6" + 6" + 9" = 21"

21 inches of new snow in 3 days. It is snowing right now. Tonight and tomorrow look good for more snow and then we may have a few sunny days before we possibly see another good storm around Thanksgiving. This kind of weather creates a lot of work for us, but it is work we love to do. Stay tuned for more and more good skiing. If this keeps up we are going to have to start talking about Pali and Zuma.