Thursday, October 1, 2015

Avalanche Dogs

Attached is a very nice piece by CBS Channel 4 on the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (CRAD) program. Being interviewed is CRAD Director Matt Norfleet. Matt's day job is the Assistant Ski Patrol Director at Arapahoe Basin. Enjoy the story.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/09/30/k9-avalanche-rescue-teams-get-rare-preseason-training/

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Al thats nice but when are you opening?

Ryan said...

At the rate things are going? Late October. Probably around October 25th. Look back to the last time A-Basin opened this late during the 2010-2011 season and the winter that turned out to be.

P. James said...

Ryan,

If snowmaking started tonight, and temperatures stayed low enough for consistent nightly snowmaking, then October 17th is not out of reach whatsoever. I've been on numerous snowmaking teams from New Zealand to the East Coast. The climate here in Colorado is perfect for snowmaking, just give it time. It'll take about 2 weeks of good (not great) snowmaking to get decent (18") coverage on High Noon.

Hope this helps!
Parsonn James

Gordon Calhoun said...

The forecast shows some snow in the next few days... My concern is that the temps won't be low enough for sustained snowmaking over the weekend. Temps in the low 30's and high humidity from the storms= inefficient snowmaking weather...

Unknown said...

Hey i heard good snow after start of february. Very excited. My question is could you guys blow snow where the park underneath black mountain is and possibly move the early season park there? It would mean having to work less later in the year when you guys start setting up parks, plus you could add more than 4-5 features! Anyways, just a thunker.

Turbos mom said...

Great article on the dogs. As for snowmaking.....wait for it.....it will come

Chris W. said...

Very cool video. Many thanks to the people (and dogs) who keep us safe.

I, for one, will gladly take a repeat of the 2010-2011 season.