Monday, May 25, 2015

Brewfest Was A Hit

The weather was great. The music was great. The beer was great. The skiing was great. North Pole was great. WOW, what a beautiful day. This was our biggest Festival of the Brewpubs yet. Eleven breweries shared their beverages. Up on The Perch (deck above the bar) we tried something new offering a intimate package of beer tasting and food. Funky Johnson had the crowd wrapped around their finger. Thanks to all our friends and the A-Basin staff that made this happen.

It was fun !!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pali Closing

OK, the last day for Pali Lift and terrain will be tomorrow, Monday, May 25. This past week, with all its snow, was a tremendous bonus for the North Side. We have had a great season over there. Thanks to all of you that helped make it happen.

We have a lot of crazy, fun skiing to go.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Last June We.........

Today was a fun, exciting and challenging day at The Basin. It snowed much of the morning. We had an hour + lightning closure and then the sun came out and people had a great time. The "Wash Park" band played in the afternoon outside and "Local Folk" played in The 6th Alley.

For the last ten years we have targeted the first Sunday in June as our closing day. This year is no exception. For three of the last four years we have extended our season beyond that first Sunday and re-opened for one or more weekends. When we re-opened, we did so Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For a lot of reasons, the 3 day a week program works very well.

With the wet and cool May, this year is obviously looking good for an extension. We are going to get past this Memorial Day weekend and take a good hard look at all the issues including snow conditions, weather forecast, business levels, and general skier enthusiasm and vibe. Mid-week-ish look for an announcement about our plans beyond June 7.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Top Of Pali View

Snow, clouds, and sunshine made up the day here. The skiing continues to be excellent for late May. I finished the day with a fun run down The Face. Really nice, soft, spring snow.

Another Morning On Pali

I was a little concerned this morning when I woke up down valley and it was raining. By the time I got to The Basin it was snowing. I took some spins on Pali, The Upper Mountain and Montezuma Bowl. We reported an inch new and had another inch since report time. You know, just your typical late May snow day at Arapahoe Basin.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


While these pictures are 2-3 weeks old, they are a reminder of the great hiking season we had up the Willy's Wide staircase. That is a lot of high quality skiing accessible from a simple (though difficult) hike and traverse. It is much bigger that it appears from below. Once you reach the very top of the staircase and move North on the traverse you cross Willy's Wide, Snorkelnose, Booger, and Corner Chute. All of these chutes offer excellent skiing and were especially good this season.

Willy's Wide



Corner Chute

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

North Pole Hikers Today

Really, May 20?

Another incredible day. This morning I was told the upper 2/3 of the mountain was skiing like winter snow. The grooming was top notch and The Spine was in fine form. We even had a good North Pole hiking/skiing session. People were loving it. I was out from about 1 - 3 in the afternoon. By then we had soft, spring snow and it was still tremendous.

Pretty soon we are going to have to start talking about whether we extend the season beyond June 7.

Pano shot about 6:30 PM this evening