Friday, July 3, 2020

ARAPAHOE BASIN - A Colorado Legend Since 1946

Our new book, ARAPAHOE BASIN - A Colorado Legend Since 1946, is now available online and at Arapahoe Sports. It is loaded with great photos and stories from the ski area's founding all the way to today. Drawing on information from Larry Jump's archives, ski area records, personal interviews and magazine and newspaper articles, author Cathleen Norman has created a beautiful book diving deep into Arapahoe Basin history.  I think members of the Arapahoe Basin clan will enjoy this read.

For more details go to, Arapahoe Basin History

Alpine Flowers

The alpine flowers are really starting to blossom.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Open For Summer

We are open for Summer four days a weeks, Thursday thru Sunday. Come up for a chairlift ride on Black Mountain Express. Grab lunch at the 6th Alley or (Saturdays and Sundays only) BBQ at Black Mountain Lodge. Arapahoe Sports is open with all their groovy goods. And, once the commissioning process is complete, give the Aerial Adventure Park a try.

The Disc Golf Course and our trails are open seven days a week.

COVID-19 has created some crazy weird times. Summer at The Basin is a great place to get away, keep your distance from others and soak in these awesome mountains.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Forms Are Stripped

The forms have been pulled off the foundations at the top of Molly Hogan. There is a lot of concrete that goes with these lifts. Most of that concrete our guests never see. In a few days, these foundations will be back-filled. The shape at the top is going to change a bit. The actual unload point will be a little further downhill although the elevation of unload will remain the same. The unload ramp and milling area will be bigger as a result, giving people a little more room. A little more room is good for someone learning how to ride.

Monday, June 29, 2020

No Pali Lift

We are in that window when the old Pali Lift is gone and the new Pali Lift hasn't been installed. For those under Pali's spell, it is kind of a weird look.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Aerial Adventure Park Update

The Aerial Adventure Park is nearing completion. The contractor's crew is finishing the very last of their work. We will spend the next 2-3 weeks going through rigorous engineering inspections and regulatory commissioning with the Forest Service and the State of Colorado.  Once completed, our staff will go through a comprehensive training program. I have walked through the park a few times over the last couple of days. It is going to be fun. We anticipate a mid-July opening.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

New Pali Carriers

What we all commonly call the "chair" is called the "carrier" in technical lift jargon. All the parts and pieces of the new Pali carriers have arrived at The Basin. The Leitner Poma crew has begun putting them together. The chairs and the towers will have a galvanized finish. Many of us have become accustomed to the old towers and chairs that had been painted black. Very few lifts are installed these days with a painted surface. Over Pallavacini's lifetime, we painted the lift 5 or 6 times. In the years leading up to a re-paint, the surfaces often looked kind of beat. The painting was expensive, a real pain in the neck and short lived. These new towers and chairs will never have to be resurfaced in their estimated 30-50 year life span.