Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quite The Snow Squall

This afternoon we had quite the snow squally blow through. For a while the intensity was quite high. Right now there are a few flurries falling. Spectacularly, the sun broke through just as the heavy snow ended creating some dramatic light and back drops. Another Arapahoe afternoon.

Montezuma Bowl - Columbine

Yesterday, I skied Columbine in Montezuma Bowl. For a 23" base, it was pretty darn good. Our snowfences have caught a tremendous amount of snow. The snowcats have been able to work that snow effectively creating some decent coverage down to Tower 12-13. The cats have not been below that zone, but there is a fair bit of snow down low. The forecast beginning Sunday is encouraging. Let's not jinx this, but I think the outlook back there is bright. We will continue managing the snow aggressively with fences, snowcats, and avalanche mitigation. The Bowl opens in the 40ish" base range. If we score on the high end of next week's forecast, we just may have something to talk about.

Truth be told, I am getting a little excited.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

85 Rando Racers Tuesday

It blew me away that 85 racers showed up for Tuesday Morning's Dynafit Rise and Shine Rando Race. They skied up Ramrod to mid-mountain, down High Noon, up Ramrod and Grizzly Ridge to the top of Pali, down to the West Wall Saddle, and up the Cornice run to The Summit. A fair distance in its own right. The winner covered that much ground in 42 minutes. Enjoy this Dave Camara photo.

Warning - Sales Pitch

Just in case you have not heard, Friday is the last day for the Elevation 4 Pass and the last day for the A-Basin season pass at $299. The 4 Pass will go away and the season pass price will go up.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Zuma Webcam

Geez, is this a sign?

Top of Pali and Black Mountain

Pretty nice view at the Top of Pali yesterday afternoon. It was that kind of day. Thanks for the photo Jenny.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Family Ski Day

What a beautiful day. I spent most of it skiing around the mountain with my son, Justin, who is visiting for the holidays. We ended up getting 6" out of this storm, 4" this morning and 2" yesterday morning. The skiing was tremendous. We skied everywhere. The Lower Mountain was awesome. Slalom Slope, West Wall, and Lenawee Parks were in fine shape. Powerline and Norway are just about ready to open. The snowmakers were out working on the next park and Powerline. We didn't get there first thing, but were early enough to pop through the powder lumps. By far the biggest treat was skiing Pali. We took four laps on The Spine and The Face. So Fun. While you still want to be a little extra careful, we found great snow. We are looking at fantastic conditions for the holidays with unsettled weather, possibly, through the end of the month. The skiing....AWESOME.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Breakfast Buffet

On Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 20, we will be offering an All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet from 8-10 AM in the 6th Alley Bar and Grill. Chef Rybak's crew will be serving up a delicious variety of breakfast dishes. Whether you start your day with a full, hearty meal or sit down for a big breakfast after your early morning skin to the Summit, you'll enjoy this special treat.