Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Winter Is Definitely Back

It snowed for a few hours during the middle of the day and, just now, the snow picked back up again. While we had a beautiful, dry and warm March, the weather has definitely turned since the end of last week. We have had about a foot of snow since the change and we are expecting a few more inches tonight to be followed by, what might be a decent storm, on Friday.

I went out for an afternoon ski trying to sample the whole place skiing a bit on the North Side, West Wall, Larkspur, Lenawee Parks and the Lower Mountain. Winter snow has returned. The skiing is excellent and soft. I think Wednesday morning should be outstanding. Tomorrow would be a good day to "adjust" your schedule.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Snowpack at 133%

Watching a squall blow through this afternoon, I was prompted to check on how the snowpack was doing at A-Basin. The US Department of Agriculture has an extraordinary website for Snow Telemetry, SNOTEL, https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/. It is easy to create a number of reports there. I focus on Snow Water Equivalent (SWE and commonly referred to as the snowpack) and Year To Date Precipitation. SWE is the inches of water on the ground in the snowpack.

Just outside of the ski area is the Grizzly Peak SNOTEL site. As of today, that site has 133% of the median Snow Water Equivalent and 126% of average Year To Date Precipitation. I think the Grizzly Peak site info is very indicative of snow and precipitation conditions at The Basin and it is easily accessible online.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Save Our Snow Celebration

Today, we hosted the 9th Annual Save Our Snow Celebration. We shared ideas on green living and raised funds for Summit County's High Country Conservation Center (HC3). For a mere $10 donation, skiers could demo some great equipment and all proceeds went to HC3. On top of that we donated $1 to HC3 for every skier that came to The Basin.  We are lucky to have such a good partner in HC3 working to make Summit County an even better place to live and visit.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Clouds Rolling In

At sunrise this morning there wasn't a cloud in the sky. By mid morning the clouds were rolling in. By early afternoon, the sky was completely overcast. The forecast still looks good. I like sunny days as much as the next guy but, it is time for some snow. Bring it on.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Winter Storm Watch

Everybody stay calm. Let's not get too excited. Let's be patient. The forecast does look pretty good. It appears as though we are going into a Winter Storm Watch tomorrow. Don't take it too seriously. We just might...........have some powder days coming. Don't jinx it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Max The Avalanche Dog

Our avalanche dogs and handlers train quite regularly doing a variety of drills. Here is a sequence of photos that show Max the Avalanche Dog finding a buried patroller and being rewarded with "play" afterwards.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beavers Trail Names

For The Beavers project we are working on a new trail map including new named trails. In the image below you can see that progress is being made on the map. We are diligently working on new trail names. When possible, we will use historical names like Beaver Bowl and The Steep Gullies. That said, we still need to come up with quite a few new names. We have been brainstorming internally and have come up with a few gems, but definitely still need more  We are open to suggestions. If something strikes you as a good name, please feel free to forward it on to me.