Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beer Makers Dinner

Chefs Chris and Paul hosted their first "Beer Makers Dinner" in the "6th Alley Bar and Grill."  Odell Brewing provided special beer pairings with each of Chef Rybak's 5-course menu. I think the evening was a big success and you may see a few more evening creations in The 6th Alley.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vail - Beaver Creek 2015

Coming up the first half of February will be the Vail Beaver Creek 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. While I am not in the habit of encouraging you guys to visit other ski areas, this is truly an exception. In the world of alpine ski racing, this event is as big, if not bigger, than the Olympics. I have been lucky enough to go to half a dozen World Cup races. The power, intensity, and precision of these athletes is absolutely unbelievable. Most of us only dream of turning the way these guys do. The schedule can be found easily online. I strongly encourage everyone to take in a day of this racing. I will be there for a couple of events.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Still Looking At A March Opening

The Kids Center project is still charging along. The Ski Patrol has settled in downstairs. The Kids Center is still slated to open in March. The painters are going to town. Many of the lights are installed. A lot of tile work is complete. The kitchen appliances are partially installed. We have been through many Summit County Building Department inspections. We are still right on schedule (which is kind of a weird feeling). The place really looks good.

.......And if you haven't heard, the skiing is still outstanding.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Afternoon Powder Ski In Montezuma Bowl

It was snowing at a decent rate this afternoon when I left The Basin. Thursday should be stellar, just like today and yesterday were. Enjoy these pictures from yesterday's afternoon ski in Montezuma Bowl. Black Bear and Jump were particularly good. Tuesday's 6" of new snow was a very fat 6" of new snow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sunset In Zuma Yesterday

6 Inches At Report Time

This was a treat. I always like it when the snowfall exceeds expectations. On forecasts of trace to 4 inches, we had 6 inches at report time and it snowed another inch or two after that. With the way the wind buffed Pali yesterday, I expect the North Side skiing is going to be a very pleasant experience. The snow did not stop our Radonee race this morning with 53 athletes charging up and down the mountain prior to the lift opening.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Companion Rescue Workshop

We will be hosting a very informative "Companion Rescue Workshop" Friday, February 6. This event, the day before The Beacon Bowl, focuses on learning the latest avalanche rescue techniques. Instructors will be CAIC staff, A-Basin Patrollers, and maybe a few others. If you are looking to learn, refresh, fine tune, or update your rescues skills, this a great opportunity. Make sure your backcountry ski partner attends.

Proceeds benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

On a different note, after the winds the last couple of days, 3rd Bowl, The Spine, Mousetrap, and The Face are FLAT and BUFFED. Incredible.