Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The exterior finish on the new building will be primarily stucco with board and batten accents. Both of these construction phases are in progress right now. Watching the stucco is fairly cool. The artisans apply several layers over a few weeks. The final layer and finish to the building will be white with green trim. We designed  the building to be in sync with the other base area buildings. It is, intentionally, not exactly like the other building, but it is meant to compliment them and create a special feel for the base area. Within a few weeks the stucco and wood exterior finishes will be mostly complete and we will have a real sense of, not only the finished building, but also of the entire place. 

Clock In The Base Area

The new Kids Center building has a big clock visible from most of the base area. While placed, it won't be hooked up to electricity for a while, so don't count it just yet. On those great ski days, when you skied a couple of runs too many, you will know exactly how late you are going to be for work, meeting your significant other, picking up the kids, etc. etc. etc.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Snowmaking - The Next Steps

The wet bulb temperature the last few nights has been down to about 27 F, not ideal snowmaking. We have turned the system on a couple of those nights and made a little bit of snow.

When we put the snow cats on High Noon, we re-positioned nearly all of the snow guns. We kept several guns on High Noon. We deployed 2 guns on Dercum's Gulch above Black Mountain Lodge and the rest of the guns were placed on Ramrod. So, our next steps are 1) freshen up and enhance High Noon, 2) make snow on Ramrod and get it open, and 3) get started on Dercum's Gulch, working our way towards the top.

It looks like mid week, we may see some changes in the weather. Let's hope the overnight lows start dipping further down into the 20's or lower. While we are in a bit of a snowmaking lull at this very moment, it won't take much to really pick things up. The reservoir is full and the equipment is poised exactly where we need it.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Riding

Nothing like some nice Fall skiing and riding. We had another beautiful day in the mountains. People are enjoying themselves especially in the Park.

Opening Day Terrain Park Images

Enjoy the Dave Camara photography.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank You

For October 17, I don't think we could have asked for more. Sunshine, blue skies, good snow and lots of smiling people. Thanks to all of you that came up and enjoyed the fun and thanks to all the employees that got the place ready. It was a very nice day.

Mug Club Line

At 6:12 AM there are nine people in the Mug Club line. You gotta' love A-Basin.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Run

I went for a run this afternoon just to make sure everything was ready for the opening. It was so good I stayed out and took a few extra laps. Either my boots shrunk or my feet got a little fatter over the summer. Our staff is putting the finishing touches on everything. The lift crew is training and setting up ramps and signs. The Ski Patrol is doing their thing. There is a lot of vacuuming going on around here. I am off to The 6th Alley for a "trial run" on their products and services. Friday will be a very good day. You know, this ski thing is a lot of fun.