Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Crisp One

The day started a little snowy and blustery, but the sun popped out making for a good, crisp one. The cooler temps have kept the snow quality absolutely outstanding. No decent A-Basin skier is going to let a little chilly weather keep him or her away from all that great skiing. Skiers and riders were just raving today about Loafer, Alex and Jager. Tonight we may see an inch or two of snow and the temperatures tomorrow should reach the teens. Conditions should be ideal.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mallard Mountain Lodge

Kay and I found a new, real treat this winter. With a small group of friends we spent 5 days at Mallard Mountain Lodge, a stunning 30 minute helicopter flight from Valemount, British Columbia. Mother Nature delivered a ton of new snow. Days were spent skinning laps and skiing powder. Evenings were spent eating away and replaying the days' turns. The mountains were as dramatic as you would expect. The hut was perfect. The food was great and our guide, Philip, found all the best lines. Check the place out at If this is your kind of fun, put it on "Your List."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ikon Pass

Today the details of the Ikon and the Ikon Base Passes were released. They are certainly two exciting and intriguing opportunities. A number of you have reached out to me directly about theses products. Specifically, many of you have asked if we would be joining the Ikon Pass family.  The answer is no, we are committed to our Vail Resorts relationship through the 2018-19 ski season.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Just Fun

The skiing is just amazingly good. We have great snow that has been really buffed out by the wind. The snow texture is really soft and carveable. We should see a few inches of snow over the next 36 hours. With portions of the East Wall and North Pole open, we are going into prime conditions. The fun meter is going to keep going up.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Skiing is Good

Today, I found great skiing all over the mountain.   My favorite was Slalom Slope and North Glade.  It has been snowing lightly all day and there is more snow on the way.  Expect some great soft turns this weekend. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First East Wall Opening

Today we saw our first East Wall opening of the year.  We opened The North Pole upper, middle and lower gates.   With more snow in the forecast expect more openings of this terrain.  It should start to get better and better. 

Winch To The Bottom Of Loafer

Good news on the snowcat front. The drivers made it to the bottom of Loafer, where it meets the bottom terminal site of the proposed Beavers Lift. Part of our strategy this season was to figure out the best way to groom both Loafer and Davis. The winch cat needs to be anchored to either another snowcat or a purposed built winch anchor. This season we plan to identify the winch anchor sites through our experimentation and install the anchors this next summer.