Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Opening Day

I continue to get lots of questions about when opening day will be. We are making snow every chance we get and will open as soon as we possibly can.................................hopefully before our friends on the East side of the pass. As soon as I know, you will know.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

When will opening day be?

Anonymous said...

Hey at least you're already talking about opening day and, by the looks of your webcams, have some significant snow. Us pathetic souls on the east coast are still dealing with fall and temperatures in the 50s and 60s :( We want winter!

Jacob said...

Yeah come on A Basin don't let me down... Loveland has won enough ~ Coppers tryn to butt in - THE LEGEND needs to win it... take them down

Brandon said...

Thats enough snow for me to board. Open already, i want to ride this weekend

Ryan said...

It takes a minimum of 18 inches of snow for a base before they can open. Found out from working at A-Basin last year. From the looks of it they are about halfway there.

Nathan said...

4 day weekend this weekend, if you guys open up, everyone that goes to school here in Golden will be there.

jacob said...

yeah if your shy a few inches im not going to say anything... You should aim for a saturday opening forsure

Anonymous said...

No way, don't do it on a weekend. Real A-Basin fans that want to be there opening day, like myself, are ready to take the day off from work or school during the week. Anyone can make it on a Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Dude they are going to do it on a weekend to maximize profit, sorry not everyone is able to skip work at anytime like lucky you.

Travis Viles said...

now when have you ever seen Abay open on a weekend? i'm sure its happened here or there but the last many years i remember it was always a week day and i agree! we need to keep it on a week day so the true hard core Abay supporters make it out, if you dont already have the time requested or planned with your company for to you take it off thats your issue, they will be packed no matter what day! profit.. the weekend follows after every 5 weekedays.. they will still have plenty of time for profit before anyone else opens :) GO A BAY!!!!

pete said...

what is that white trail above black mountain express..are you guys making snow on the upper mountain already?? if so i would say its a better idea to have ALL the guns on high noon... sorry i dont know anything i was just wondering. lol.

thanks Al

p.s bought the summit pass yesterday READY TO SKI!!!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Hey Pete,

Although not exactly sure what you are talking about, I think the white trail you mentioned is actually our summer road. All of our snowmaking is on High Noon right now. Once that is open, we will move the guns to Ramrod. Once both of those trails are open, we move to the Upper Mountain making snow on Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch.

Cody Daniel said...

Any chance you guys will open this weekend?

pete said...

okay i think i was looking at the webcams in the early morning so the snow was still there but as i look in the afternoon it is actually the summer road because the snow isnow melted.

thanks

pete said...

Al,

what is your guys current "base" snow depth.and what is the bare minimum you can open on.

thanks again.

Zack said...

have you ever thought about doing what keystone did last year and snow make on the upper mountain and use the black mountain express to get to the skiing and download to leave the mountain? I feel like you could start snow making earlier since it is higher/colder...

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Pete,

Natural snow is still a bit patchy and the snow stake is not very useful yet. Where there is snow, the depth is 3-5". We will open with primarily manmade snow on High Noon. We like the overall depth to be at least 18".

Zack,

I thought about your question a bunch last night. Yes, we have thought about opening the Upper Mountain first, but I think opening that would take longer than opening High Noon. You are right that, overall, the temperature is colder up there, but I don't think the difference is enough to make opening up there faster. We often have inversions this time of year and the temperature is colder in the base area. There are at least 3challenges to opening first up there. 1) Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch is about twice as long as High Noon so it just takes a lot more snowmaking and work to get it open. 2) Making snow above timberline is more difficult and time consuming primarily because of the wind. 3) By the time we open the Upper Mountain in November, we are usually relying on more of the natural stuff. Portions of Dercum's usually open with natural snow while High Noon opens almost exclusively with manmade snow. Great question. Who knows, maybe we will use your downloading concept to add an extra weekend or two in June.

Zack said...

Great. Thanks for the response.
Zack

Mike W. said...

Any Update on Opening Day??