Friday, August 31, 2012

Clam Bake September 8

Clam Bake, the last summer event of the season is September 8.  Clams, lobster, mussels, clam chowder and all kinds of other goodies.  Join us for an afternoon feast in the base area.  Very important, we are only taking reservations through September 3.  We need to get the seafood ordered.  Check out the details at the link below.

Double Down 2-Season Pass

That's right you can buy a 2-Season Pass for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season for only $499.  We have some incredible pass deals right now and they are all available online. 

Double Down 2-Season Pass    $499
A-Basin Season Pass                 $299
Legends 4 Pass (4 days)            $158

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Season Pass Announcement

Tune in tomorrow for a very cool season pass announcement.  A-Basin diehards will love it.


Thanks to everyone that came to last night's Open House about our proposed Master Development Plan.  Below is a map that displays planned projects over the next decade.  It might be a little hard to read in the blog format.  You may be able to see the map more clearly at:

As soon as the written version of the full MDP is complete, we will be posting it on our website.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Open House Reminder

Don't forget, Open House Wednesday, August 29, 5:30 PM at The Keystone Center.  We will be discussing our proposed 2012 Master Development Plan.  New ideas include a zipline tour, a surface lift on the summit, increased snowmaking reservoir storage, and lift served skiing in The Beavers.  Please join us.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Check out the A-Basin photo I recently received from Bob Berwyn at  The image was captured during the May 20 eclipse.  I think the photographer was on the ridge East of Loveland Pass

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday BML Brunch

I don't think anyone was disappointed.  Brunch, mimosas, and a perfect day.  The host greeting people at the door was Mr. T, the avalanche dog.  He couldn't take his eyes off the buffalo and pork at the carving station.  Just another great meal at Black Mountain Lodge.

Ahhh.......Afternoons at The Basin

We had a wedding yesterday afternoon at BML.  I plucked this photo from the webcam last night.  After work I cruised up the Argentine North Fork Trail.  As the photo shows, the afternoon light was extraordinary.  The scenery is always spectacular up here, but there are times when the sun, sky, clouds, shadows, etc all all come together for that really special look and feel.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dancing With The Mountain Stars - Flight for Life Fundraiser

Sometimes doing the right thing means getting totally out of character and really embarrassing  yourself.  So...............I will play a big role in the upcoming Flight for Life Fundraiser, Dancing with the Mountain Stars.  Ten of us are spending a couple of months with professional dance instructors and dancers preparing for this very exciting evening.  No doubt there will be plenty of fun and laughter throughout the night.  I will be sharing my Latin rhythms and moves dancing the Cha Cha.  If I can do this in front of a thousand people, you can come buy a ticket and support Flight for Life.  See you there.

A-Basin has been a big supporter of Flight for Life contributing financially to the hanger facility at the hospital.  Our ski patrol volunteers hundreds of hours to the Flight for Life Avalanche Deployment Rescue program.  Summit County is lucky to have such a resource.

For details about Dancing with Mountain Stars go to:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

US Pro Challenge

Independence Pass is an incredible place to watch the US Pro Cycling Challenge.  Yesterday, Patio and I parked a vehicle above Twin Lakes and rode our bikes to the top of Independence Pass.  What a scene. One guy had a full sound system and there was a raging dance party going on.  The Honey Stinger guy has some nice moves.  The whole party was reminiscent of a Beach Saturday in April.  I am fairly certain I have seen that Elvis at The Basin.

The race itself was quite impressive.  Tom Danielson looked great going over the top leading TeeJay and the other big guns by 2 or 3 minutes.  I was happy to see him win.  The peloton sure scared him at the end.  He deserved the win.  I highly recommend going to one of the races.  Watching the event on TV is great and I do it each night, but being there is a whole new world.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday Brunch at Black Mountain Lodge

He is at it again.  Chef Christopher Rybak and crew will be hosting a Brunch at Black Mountain Lodge this Sunday, August 26.  The Black Mountain Express chairlift will be open.  You can hike the Argentine North Fork Trail or ride the lift.  The menu is just a tad bit appealing, pastries, fresh fruit, stuffed French toast, eggs benedict (A-Basin style), Lyonnaise potatoes, omelet station, salmon, shrimp, carving station with buffalo and pork.   And then there is desert.  This is not one to be missed.  For all the details and to make a reservation check out our website:

Sunday, August 19, 2012

View From King Cornice

Great view from King Cornice.  From left to right, Grizzly peak - 13,427', Black Mountain - 13,193', and Torreys Peak -14,275'.  Still a bit smoky out there.  The marmots and pikas own the entire King Cornice, Knolls, Cornice Run area.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rio's Birthday

We happen to be dog-sitting Rio The Avalanche Dog (in training) on her birthday this summer.  We threw her quite a party.  You can tell that whatever was in those cups had the dogs' attention.

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Open House - Proposed Master Development Plan

I would like to invite all of you to an Open House we are hosting at the Keystone Center, 1628 St. Johns Road in Keystone.  The event will be Wednesday, August 29 at 5:30 PM.  We will be having a conversation about our Proposed 2012 Master Development Plan.  Come see our vision for the next decade at Arapahoe Basin.  Projects under consideration in the plan include a zipline tour, a surface lift to access Montezuma Bowl, increased snowmaking reservoir storage, and lift served skiing in The Beavers.  I know this generates a thousand questions and I will do my best to answer those questions.  While the full written plan is not complete, we will share highlights of the plan at the Open House.  There are some fun and exciting pieces to the plan and I look forward to sharing them with you.  Please attend.  Thanks.

Eerie Skies Over The Basin

The fires in Idaho, Washington, California and elsewhere are making smoky skies in Summit County.  This photo was taken by a friend, LT, from her house in Summit Cove.  The highest peaks are both Colorado 14'ers.  Grays is on the right and Torreys is on the left.  A-Basin is the ridge just this side of the high peaks.  Black Mountain and Lenawee Mountain are between A-Basin and the peaks.  From the top of Pali Lift and from the Summit, you catch a glimpse of the tippy tops of those peaks.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Nice Link

Below is a nice link to a Yoga on the Mountain page made by Charles Grayless;CAEQARoQ0SzvwPy6jQZT_N0ByQjHhg;8F0EBB26-F093-45BB-95B7-10914856628E

Basin Time

Had a very nice morning wandering around the Summit and the Cornice Run.  Saw a momma goat and kid hanging out by the North Pole gate.  The kid was just the cutest little white fur ball.  A number of mountain bikers were either on the Argentine North Fork Trail or the Upper Mountain service road.  I think all were heading for the Lenawee Trail.  The F and B crew was at BML prepping for a couple of weddings this weekend.  Not a terribly bad work day today.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Yoga On The Mountain

This was a great day.  By all accounts everyone had a wonderful time.  The weather was perfect.  Special thanks to yoga instructors Allison Simson and Gina for creating such a cool experience.  A nice hike, yoga on the deck, and a Chef Rybak lunch. Hard to beat that.  Enjoy the Dave Camara photos.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A-Basin Sustainability Report

Take some time to read our 2012 Sustainability Report.  Rrecently completed by our environmental team of Sha Miklas and Cassidy Callahan, the report outlines our environmental achievements and objectives.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.