Thursday, October 8, 2015

More Testing and Training

OK, it wasn't cold enough to make it stick, but we blew the pipes out a bit more today. We were testing and training with the new stick guns on Lower Ramrod. All systems are ready and waiting for that mercury to drop.

Moonlight Dinner Tip

This post really is a tip. It is not just a sales pitch. Since October 1 we have been taking reservations for the Moonlight Dinners. Half of the available seats, going all the way into April, have already been reserved. The January dinner, "A Night In Italy" is booked out. The December Randonee Dinner, "A Night In France" is close to being full. 

My message is pretty simple. These dinners are so much fun and they book out, so if you are interested, be sure and make a reservation soon. And if you want to attend the December Randonee Dinner, book today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Getting Closer

Coldest night yet. The rain turned to snow and the snowline went all the way down to the Base Area. At 6 AM the dry bulb temperature was 31 F and the wet bulb temperature was 29 F. Those may be the coldest temps we have seen so far. The place looks beautiful this morning. Snowmaking is getting closer.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Marty Gotantas

The Basin lost a good friend yesterday. Former Ski School Director, Marty Gotantas, passed away after losing a tough, summer battle with cancer. His many, many friends will miss him dearly. The attached images are vintage Bob Winsett photos of Marty from a film shoot at A-Basin a "FEW" years back. The skis and attire stir some memories. Rest in peace Marty. 

Monday, October 5, 2015


It rained for a bit today just after lunch. As I was pulling out of the parking lot around 5:30, it was started to come down again. Now as I look out my kitchen window, I can see The Basin is socked in. It will be a stormy night. There is still a very little bit of snow high on The East Wall. I suspect we will see more fresh white stuff by morning. Doubtful it will be cold enough for snowmaking though. Getting so close.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


We have a little bit of snow. This is good on so many fronts. The weather has definitely seen a shift over the last week. A bit of moisture on the ground and in the streams is always good. People get excited. And, it just looks really cool.

The temps are getting better. This still was not quite productive snowmaking weather, but we are getting closer. Keep your eye on the webcams, the weather forecasts, our website and my blog. The action will start intensifying. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Avalanche Dogs

Attached is a very nice piece by CBS Channel 4 on the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (CRAD) program. Being interviewed is CRAD Director Matt Norfleet. Matt's day job is the Assistant Ski Patrol Director at Arapahoe Basin. Enjoy the story.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Good Culvert Questions

Those were some great questions on the culvert project.

It did go through an extensive environmental review that included a public comment period.

There are no fish at A-Basin. Down below the bottom of Pali there is a significant waterfall that blocks fish movement to The Basin. There are lots of fish below that waterfall.

The rocks and boulders serve a couple of good purposes. 

  1) Even though there are no fish, there are other critters up here and they can now move along a more natural channel.

  2) The rocks and boulders are durable. The corrugated metal pipe of a round culvert does not last long up here. During runoff, lots of smaller rocks move down the channel. Those smaller rocks destroy the metal pipe. With a natural, rocky bottom, this culvert should last a really long time.

This new culvert has a capacity many times greater than the old one. Mother Nature can be a little prickly. This new channel will do a much better job handling her extreme events and will still be intact when she is done.

Lastly, I don't think tubing this is a good idea.