Monday, May 19, 2014

Pali Update

The time has come. The North Side is closed for the season. Tuesday will be the last day for Pali Lift. While there is still a great deal of snow over there, conditions are such that it is time to put her down for the season. And it has been an extraordinary season over there.  Zuma Lift will be open through June 1 and Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Lifts will be open until the end (whenever that may be). We have a lot of fun to go. Lake Reveal anyone?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about East Wall?

Anonymous said...

slushy and FUN

Anonymous said...

It has been a great season, thanks for keeping it real!
Lots of rumors that you are shutting down after the weekend of June 6, 7 8 for construction???????
It would be a shame to waste that BASE!

Anonymous said...

What is happening with the early July 4.7 mile trail run? Personally, I'd rather be skiing come the Fourth of July and push back the summer run and BBQ, but I just want to have my cake and eat it. Thanks for a great season, my friends and I had a ton of fun the whole winter, and are still hoping for a few more turns on spring snow!

Anonymous said...

Skiing on the 4th of July is one of the greatest parts of A-Basin!

mhm said...

All I want for Christmas is to ride abay July 4th.

. said...

skied today...STELLAR for mid May. Long live the Legend.

Anonymous said...

Im ok with pali/north side closing for safety reasons, but if the lift serviced season ends early with the amazing base we have this year I will be extremely dissatisfied to miss July 4th (Pending Base that should last till mid Julyish)

Anonymous said...

I have a great suggestion since Pali side is closing and there is a massive base still on the mountain. It would make logical sense to do some serious snow farming ASAP if we want to guarantee those great July 4th turns that are a rare treat. I have always analyzed the cost to benefit analysis and the actual boost gained from snow farming. The time,planning,cost,and effort put in will be greatly exceeded by the benefits gained. Not only could it help build and keep a quality product longer into the season, the improved/quality product will enhance the customer experience at the Basin. The enhanced customer experience leads to more hype and talk about the summer skiing and how the coverage going forward could be if the snow farming happens accordingly. It would also keep customers at the mountain longer and therefore enable more revenue for the resort or at the very least cover the cost of the snow farming. I know the grooming team at the Basin is very talented and lays down a great product. I am certain it is feasible to do some serious harvesting of snow from Pali side now that it is closed for the season. The run-out alone could be farmed over towards the beach and piled up to keep the base area covered and provide ski up access to the beach for some time to come! Farming could easily take place all the way back towards Pali Face and the spine by funneling all the snow down the run out.I have a few groomer friends I have discussed this with and the feasibility and minimal cost involved seem to very plausible.With the massive pile of snow there at the base, a small rail garden/park could be great for beach-goers and a temporary use while it waits for the need when impending late season melting begins. The farming could easily create a pile large enough to keep the base area looking pretty till likely Julyish. Now for upper mountain farming I am sure there are plenty of places to get snow from, it is just at matter of putting the effort in. Areas from Wildcat to Grizzly Road could be farmed and all that snow would easily keep Dercums covered well into July. Taking it to the next level and sacrificing Wrangler/Chisolm the base area and lower mountain could certainly gain a few feet of base in key places. Upper Wrangler could be farmed to fatten up the lenawee loading area and strip between there and the black mountain lodge. Honestly this would be great if you can look into making something of this sort happen. Not only will it benefit the Basin, it will benefit us. From the President of the A-basin down to the average beach-goer, I guarantee no one will complain about the benefits gained from this farming. Make the Legend have a Legendary season this year and in future years by seriously considering something along these lines. I beg you from the bottom of my heart Al and I have many others that feel the same way. Lets be innovative and show the Skiers across the World why the Legend is a Legend. I am sure others agree and hope to see others thoughts on this matter.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

The East Wall is still open, but is monitored hour to hour.

Karen B said...

Looks like we're losing about 4" of base each day--that puts us right to June 8th. We need a cold spell.

Anonymous said...

I just skied Pali Monday and it was fantastic with plenty of coverage everywhere - is it something I'm not seeing or is it more insufficient numbers of skiers that make the decision to close?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

If you are concerned with the Pali closing I encourage you to read my May 6 post, "North Side Update." It goes into some detail explaining why depth of snow and surface conditions do not give us much understanding about the deeper layers of snow.

Anonymous said...

I see that Aspen is opening for Memorial Day weekend with some black and double black terrain. It's nice to see another CO ski area opening back up to enjoy the plentiful snow.