Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Successful Snowmaking Season is Complete

One of the hardest parts of my job is dealing with bad rumors.  This season there were a lot of bad rumors about snowmaking.  They tended to be something like "A-Basin is out of water" or "A-Basin can't make snow".  Most of you know those rumors were complete BS.

Mark LaFlamme and his crew have just completed a very successful snowmaking season under very challenging conditions.  It is no secret that streamflows in Colorado have been lower than we would like.  That does impact snowmaking.  Despite the challenges, A-Basin was able to make snow on 90+% of the acres where we normally make snow.  It might have taken a little bit longer than normal and we had to get creative a few times, but snowmaking for this season was successful.

In the very complicated world of water law and water regulations, every year we have to stop diverting water for snowmaking December 31.  So, we are done making snow this season.  After a productive snowmaking season, good December snowfall and good ski conditions right now, I am very excited about skiing at The Basin.

Lastly, if you ever hear one of those crazy, stupid rumors, let me know.  I will do my best to set it straight.  Thanks.


8 comments:

Grandmaster B said...

Thanks for the truth Alan, really enjoy reading your updates!

Anonymous said...

rumors only satisfy the people who spread them.

Bryon Thornburgh said...

There is a rumor going around that A-Basin will not be part of Vail Resorts' season pass next year and instead will be on a 5 mountain pass with Loveland, Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat. Is there any truth to either of those rumors?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Very interesting rumor and I have heard several versions of it, but not true. We recently renewed our deal with Vail.

Bleedstar said...

This is really interesting stuff, I'd love to read more posts about how you strategize snowmaking, and all the various issues surrounding it. Maybe not as short term useful as things like "we're almost done getting this trail ready", but very interesting and cool.

Bleedstar said...

This is really interesting stuff, I'd love to read more posts about how you strategize snowmaking, and all the various issues surrounding it. Maybe not as short term useful as things like "we're almost done getting this trail ready", but very interesting and cool.

Anonymous said...

Can I switch that one from a rumor to a customer request. The Basin, Loveland, Copper trifecta would be absolutely amazing!!!

Chris W. said...

If you had a bigger reservoir would you be able to make more snow? say by starting the diversion earlier or something? Without wishing to start a debate about global warming, I'm thinking there is at least a possibility that there may be more dry/warm Novembers and Decembers in our future and I was just wondering if expanding the area covered by snowmaking would be a viable option for dealing with that (if it happens).