Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great Skiing and Riding

Just went for a pretty substantial mountain tour skiing Ramrod, Sundance, Wrangler, Chisholm Trail, Lenawee Face, and Dercum's Gulch. The sun has popped out and the place looks spectacular. Mother Nature has been very kind.

Right now the snowmakers are pulling the snowmaking equipment off of Ramrod. In the photos you can see some huge "whales" they made down there. Tonight the cat drivers are going to push out the whales and put a final groom on the trail. Ramrod will open first thing in the morning Thursday.

We have made a slight adjustment to the snowmaking plan. Sundance is skiing great. Tonight we are going to put a few guns on the trail to make its opening just a bit more sustainable. You can look forward to seeing it open soon, probably late Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned.

The Upper Mountain looks really good. Since there is so much natural snow up there, I think we will have to make less snow than we usually do to get it open. Aside from Sundance, the rest of the snowmaking will be focused on Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch. Enjoy the photos.








































































































































11 comments:

scottk said...

So do you have an ETA on the upper mountain opening?

This is Great!

Zack Pyle said...

thats awesome! is there any word on what is going to be added to the park and when??
Thanks,
Zack

John in SLC said...

Alan: Great Pics of the mountain. Haven't been at the Basin since 1985 and boy, has it changed. Great to see the new Quad, really great web cams, the area looks like a great skier's paradise, though most knew that from their first runs there. And your blog postings put me where I wish I could get out again.
Best to you and the entire crew.

cooperduper said...

Wow... looks incredible. Why am I stuck in Sacramento? Will be in Denver Dec 9th evening and have to leave on the 10th by noonish ARRGGHHHH

Jesse said...

You guys are killing me!! I'm not allowed on the slopes this year and it just looks so perfect. Hope everyone has fun :)

Sam H said...

Based on prior seasons what is normally open by Thanksgiving week? Is the Palavicini lift typicaly open by then? Thanks

Ali Gingras said...

Thanks for an awesome and heavenly few first days! Could not have asked for better!!!!

Much love!!!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Chicago! Be there on the weekend of the November 12th! Was little hesitant on coming down this early in the season, but looks like it maybe worth it! Anyways, thanks for all the update, put a smile on my face each day when I read 'em and look at pictures.

Brian said...

Al: Please stop with the photos. I'm at my desk, drooling all over the keyboard. If you keep it up, I'm just gonna grab my deck and come up, and then I'll get fired.

M. DeAngelo said...

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

I just posted some pictures from the latest terrain park features.

Terrain open at Thanksgiving can vary a fair bit. This year we should have most of the Lower Mountain including Molly Hogan. We also should have Humbug, Lenawee Face, and Dercum's Gulch. If we get a couple more decent storms, there is a good chance that Lenawee Parks, Cornic Run, and the West Wall will be open. Again, if it keeps snowing, we might have Slalom Slope open.

Pali Lift typically opens around mid-December. Pali Trail usually opens between X-mas and mid-January