Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring Skiing and Riding at A-Basin

I can’t believe it is almost spring and there is no better spring skiing than Montezuma Bowl. The skiing and snowboarding has been extraordinary. This week has been warm, sunny, and a little breezy. Last week was full of snow and I think Tuesday was the best powder day of the year. I was lucky enough to get first tracks in Jump, Max, and The Spine. Unbelievable.

We have had some great events here the last month. Beacon Bowl was a public avalanche awareness day raising over $6,000 for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Ski Patrol hosted the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment group attended by 18 rescue dogs and handlers from 7 different ski areas and rescue groups. There was an exciting mogul event on Slalom Slope with some of the US and Canada’s best skiers ripping up the bumps and jumps. With warmer and longer days, the Beach is starting to come alive. Arapahoe Basin is one of the few ski areas you visit where you pack your ski and BBQ gear.

The Terrain Park crew salvaged some logs from last summer’s parking lot project. They have built three new and very cool park features. Check out the photos. The deck scene at Black Mountain Lodge is also picking up with the sunny days. Be sure to enjoy the view from one of our Adirondack chairs with a cold beverage in one hand and a BBQ sandwich in the other.


snowgirl said...

Nice blog Al!

Anonymous said...

how did the Palivicini lift get it's name?

Anonymous said...

Kudos on the parking this year!! The parking has been better than ever, and the shuttle system is really convenient! How about a new spring event in the middle lot this year? You could do some mud wrestling or mud tug of war!! Tug of war between skiers vs. snowboarders could be pretty funny!!

Al said...

Thanks for your comments on the parking and shuttle system. I think we finally figured that one out, at least for now. Although the mud wrestling sounds pretty cool to me, the HR and Legal Departments are advising against it. It looks like we are off to a big day on the Beach. Rumor has it there was already a tug of war down there over a Beach spot about 6:30 this morning. Thanks for your thoughts and have fun out there.