Friday, February 12, 2016

This Place Is Smooth

The wind event of last weekend was kind to much of the mountain. Many places are buffed out and smooth. During a nice ski tour today I found these conditions on The Spine, Slalom Slope, Lenawee Parks and West Zuma. Schauffler was especially good. In the top picture I am standing at the top of the cornice looking down Schauufler. Not your typical skiing. Pretty cool.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Cool Images

That new webcam at Snow Plume Refuge continues to create tremendous images.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gumbo Winner

Chefs Rybak and Pauli headed down to River Run at Keystone for their annual Mardi Gras Parade, Party, Gumbo Cooking Contest. To no one's surprise they walked away with 1st Place in the Seafood/Exotic Gumbo category. They also managed to get the "Team Spirit" trophy. I had a bowl of the Gumbo today in The 6th Alley. Well done gentlemen.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

This past Friday the Arapahoe Basin Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for several proposed projects was released. The document outlines our proposal for the Beavers and Steep Gullies, surface lift to Montezuma Bowl, summer activities and future lift replacement / retirement plans. Currently, we are in a 45 day public comment period. To review the entire DEIS and to comment go to the link below.

While this is a major step forward, we still have several months of process to go. Once the comment period is over the Forest Service will review comments and work with several other government agencies preparing their final decision. The Final EIS and Record of Decision will follow, perhaps this Summer or Fall. Thanks to all of you that have supported us. Exciting times.

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Little More East Wall

Yesterday, in addition to the Broncos winning the Super Bowl, our Ski Patrol was also able to open up the East Wall below the traverse. It is open again today. There is some very good skiing to be found out there. I offer a word of caution. The East Wall is a rough and rugged place covered with talus. While there is excellent skiing and riding, I encourage everyone to be prudent and be aware that hidden and unmarked obstacles do exist. It is a beautiful place to ski, but please ski responsibly.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Skiing Pali Today

This is what skiing Pali looked like today. The picture says it all. No adjectives necessary.

GO BRONCOS !!!!!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Broncos, Beacons and The Basin

Another stellar, near perfect day at The Basin. The skiing is over the top good with blue, blue, blue skies. The Beacon Bowl appears to be on its way to being a success. And the big game is tomorrow. Go Broncos.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Beacon Bowl - February 6

It is time for one of my favorite events, The Beacon Bowl. Come join us Saturday. Lots of fun. Lots of stuff to learn and practice. Beacon drills. Beacon competition. Food. Drinks. Silent auctions. Live auctions. Packs, shovels, beacons, gloves, skis and more. Old friends. New friends. A great cause. All proceeds from the event go to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. This is quite fun and should be a "must attend" day for you.