Saturday, May 19, 2018

Snowing - May 19

Surf and Snow. Today has been almost a mirror image of yesterday. The skiing has been quite fun. Cornice / West Wall was soft and fun. Lenawee Parks and East Gully were treats. Overcast skies in the morning were followed by a good Spring, snow squall in the afternoon. One difference has been The Beloved Invaders are playing surf music in Mountain Goat Plaza (while it is snowing).

Friday, May 18, 2018

Snowing - May 18

I think it is always good to see it snow. We have some nice big wet flakes falling down right now. I don't think the snow forecast huge. We should have stormy, unsettled weather over the weekend. If we are lucky, we may see a few inches. You know, this snowing/skiing/snowboarding thing is pretty good. Like really good.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

More Thoughts On Snowfences

Here are a few more thoughts on the three types of snowfences. In general, fences work better above timberline. The ideal fence is on or near a ridge crest and deposits snow where skiers want to ski.  Often, our bigger, permanent fences are on the edges of a trail. As wind and snow blows towards a trail, it hits one of this big fences and slows down. When the wind slows down, the snow falls out making drifts. We try and position the big fences so the snow lands where the snowcats can get to it and create beautiful, groomed ski trails.

The snowcat and human portable fences are a bit different. They don't catch as much as snow, but they can be very effective. We typically set them right in the middle of the ski trail. This way we catch snow right on the trail. Much of this work occurs before the trail is open to the public so our guests might not always see it happening. Once the fences have effectively caught snow, we move the fences out of the way to let skiers or the snowcats pack it down. In yesterday blog, I was talking about putting the fences right back in the middle of the trail to catch snow next fall.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Getting Zuma Ready

One of the very first things we do with Montezuma Bowl, once it is closed for the season, is to get the snowfences ready for next season. Zuma has a mixture of permanent snowfences, snowcat portable snowfences and smaller human portable snowfences. The snowcat portable fences (it takes a snowcat to move them) have to be stored somewhere. Yesterday the Trails Crew and the Ski Patrol placed these fences just where we want them to be when the snow starts flying next Fall. This way, they start catching snow from the very earliest snow events. We place all three types of fences in a strategic path to catch snow and to establish the first trail with deep snow. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fine Spring Skiing

I enjoyed some very nice runs out on the hill this afternoon. We are well into the Spring now. Montezuma Bowl is closed. Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain Express and Molly Hogan are our turning chairlifts. As we get later and later in the season, the best skiing is found in areas that have been packed the most by skiers, or even more so, by the snowcats. Cornice / West Wall were exceptional. We will keep grooming that as long as we can. It was fun.

If Spring is your thing, The Basin is the place to be. We have some great stuff coming up. Surf band, The Beloved Invaders plays this Saturday. On May 26 Colorado favorite, Whitewater Ramble will be at Mountain Goat Plaza. And... of course, May 27 we host the Festival of the Brewpubs featuring Mojo Mama. Lots of fun to go.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Swimwear Day - People Watching

Well into May, we have some fine Spring Skiing. My favorite time is getting out on a sunny morning, just after the sun has hits the corduroy. The snow was great everywhere I went today, West Wall, Sundance, Larkspur, Columbine, Lenawee Face. On top of the great skiing we had a lot going on. There was a busy Rail Jam in Treeline Terrain Park. It was Swimwear Day - always interesting. The Beach was The Beach. "Homeslice" had the Mountain Goat Plaza rocking. The "Big Onions" entertained The 6th Alley Patrons. To top it off, there was some SERIOUS, SERIOUS people watching........A-Basin style.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sustainability Report

Take a few minutes to review our latest Sustainability Report. It highlights our resource consumption by season as well as our projects and policies. I am pleased to see our overall electricity and propane use has been going down the last few years. There is also a piece on our solar facilities. You can see we are engaged in a variety of projects.