Friday, August 17, 2012

The Beavers?

The Beavers is the 400+ acre chunk of land immediately west of A-Basin.  There are two major zones within The Beavers, 1) The Steep Gullies and 2) The rest of The Beavers (Beaver Bowl, West Woods, Girl Scout, etc).  When driving West from the ski area, there is an excellent view of The Steep Gullies immediately West of The Alleys.  They are very steep and rugged chutes.  The rest of The Beavers is a combination of open bowls and great tree skiing.  This area is West and Southwest of The Steep Gullies.  While the Steep Gullies would be double black terrain, the rest of The Beavers would be a mix of blue and black terrain.

I found a couple of good blogs this morning about The Beavers and our MDP Open House.




11 comments:

Seth said...

Never skied the Beavers, but they look incredible and would be an amazing addition to an already amazing mountain!

Jake said...

It's tough to say? I've skied them many a times, and it still kinda non accessible by everyone... Great skiing, but the hike also made it worth every turn!

Anonymous said...

boo...expansion=more expenses

Bryce said...

I believe a lift into the beavers would be incredible and will make the Basin more legendary than it already is! There is always concern for avy danger in that area but I think that patrol can manage this area just like they manage the chutes atop north pole and around Zuma. I heard about this expansion last year and have been excited ever since!

Gary said...

I,m down with expanding into the beavers, it offers some great skiing. I have skied out there for the past 20 years and it is like part of the resort now, so let's get a lift in there!

Ryan C said...

Hey Al. First off, thanks for the updates all summer long. As for The Beavers...it's definitely a novelty to ski them and make your way back to the hill by whatever means you can. I'm all for proper mountain expansion, and I know you and the folks at the basin would do things the right way. an expansion on the north-facing slopes would fare much better than Montezuma I think, for a number of reasons. obviously, with expansion comes development, and, as another commenter said, additional expenses. I'm sure part of the goal is to increase skier days. As long as the basin holds on to some of the things that people go there for- like the simplicity of the lodge, mountain access, excellent terrain, and a local feel (and don't forget the BEACH!)- It will do just fine. I for one would love to see in-bounds access expanded. Keep it up Al ,and see you around!
Ryan

Anonymous said...

I think it's a great idea! I've snowboarded out there and the terrain is lots of fun--like the hikeback tree skiing in Zuma. It would provide the one thing that Abasin lacks IMO--enough good tree skiing on a stormy day. When the whole top of the mountain and Zuma are a whiteout (making getting to the Zuma tree skiing difficult), having more tree skiing would add a lot of value. And of course, it would spread things out on the mountain and give variety. That can only be good. Especially since it's north facing and can probably open earlier than Zuma on the years when early snow isn't that great. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

Chris W. said...

I'm very excited about the prospect of lift-served skiing in the Beavers. I used to enjoy them a lifetime ago when I had the energy to get back to the area afterwards.

So as long as you're slapping new lifts together all over the place, what about the prospect of mechanized transport from the bottom of the hike-back terrain to say, the top of the Bierstadt run? I don't mind the occasional hike to earn my vertical, but somehow it always bums me out to have to walk back up to the bottom.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Hey Chris, no plans for a second lift in Zuma Bowl. Your suggestion is quite interesting. Believe or not, way back in the brainstorming phase for Zuma, we discussed a similar option. The idea has merit. Power to run the lift was a big challenge. Ultimately, we decided that offering some hiking terrain is an important component of the A-Basin scene.

Scott said...

I agree with some other thoughts - preserve what makes A-Basin different (often better) than the nearby "resorts", and I'd be open to the Beavers expansion - good thought about additional tree skiing on storm days when vis is tough. I think you guys did a great job of preserving the A-Basin culture when expanding into Zuma - so I believe you guys can do it again.

Don't add the surface lift to make getting to Zuma easier. Just as hike-to and hike-back terrain has value and is part of what makes A-Basin what it is, I think having to work a little (and we are talking very little in the case of no surface lift) to get into Zuma is not a bad thing.

How about a zip line down to Keystone? :)

Anonymous said...

Beavers lift~ Yes Yes


Zuma Surface lift~ No NO
Such a short hike... I think those monies can be better spent on the B-Lift

Keep it simple

DB