Today was a really good day for a hike on the Wall. With a small group we did the North Pole hike and dropped into West Vertical. We skied North along The Traverse, went up The Tree Chutes Staircase, and dropped in The 8th Tree Chute. Beautiful day and great skiing. If you like skiing double black diamond terrain and you don't mind sweating a bit on the hike, I highly recommend these journeys. The view from the tops of both hikes is worth it. Throw in the skiing and a little workout - very nice.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
This morning's 9 inches of snow at report time brought us to 301 inches for the season. Cracking 300 inches March 8 is the sign of a great ski season.
And then the sun came out today. It seems like it was the first Saturday in weeks that was a sunny day. Zuma was great. The East Wall was great. The North Side was great. With all the terrain and all the lifts open, skiers and riders really spread out. The North Side was so quiet it felt like a ghost town. Enjoy today's images. It was a jaw dropper.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
You have been asking for an East Wall map. A few years ago, Assistant Patrol Director Matt Norfleet (also an outstanding artist) prepared a really nice map with all those "secret" names. It took us a while, but we finally dug it back up and posted it on the website. Click "The Mountain" then "Trail Maps". Josie in Arapahoe Sports is working on getting it printed as a poster to be available in the store. Enjoy.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It was another beautiful day in Montezuma Bowl. Actually, it was a beautiful day everywhere on the hill. Warm enough to be comfortable, but cool enough that you still need to dress for winter. Every place still has winter snow. North Side, Lower Mountain, Upper Mountain, Zuma and East Wall is all phenomenal. There was enough of a breeze that Jump and The Spine were gaining some wind blown snow. 3" new today with more expected Thursday night and Friday.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Good news on the Upper East Wall. Many of slide areas have refilled or are refilling. We did do a brief North Pole opening this afternoon. Further openings will be weather and conditions pending. Snow is forecast for this evening and again later in the week. With each storm we hope to pack and retain the snow while giving folks a chance to enjoy the fun. This is a perfect set up. The Upper East Wall is off to a great start and will continue to build way into the spring.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday was an extraordinary day to remember. We reported 8" new and 16" in 3 days. Everywhere we skied was fantastic. The North Side was really cool. Those special lines, like Hot Wheels, are in great shape. Kay and I skied with some old friends and some new friends. It was just really fun. What was meant to be a couple of hours of skiing in the morning turned into a full day on the hill.
The Ski Patrol did all their prep work and opened the East Wall mid-afternoon. That was unbelievable. One of the premiere A-Basin experiences is to catch a Wall opening after a foot of new snow. We did that and took three laps out there skiing uncut snow each run. The best.
We topped off the ski day with good friends, lots of laughs, and an early dinner in The 6th Alley. Perfection.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Another great powder day. It snowed heavily just about all day. The 4 inches at report time skied more like 8 inches when the lifts open. Today was the last day for this season's Kid's Club. The young skiers and riders spent a bunch of time with the Ski Patrol learning safety tips. Avalanche dog Rio, as usual, was the crowd favorite. The interstate was a bit troublesome today. I know some of you had a hard time getting here. It is closing time right now and it is still dumping. Tomorrow might even be better than today. Enjoy these fine photos from Adrienne Saia Isaac.