Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Snowing Lightly - Snowmaking Heavily

We had another good night of snowmaking. Tonight should be colder and ever better.  I have heard several comments about the willows (brush) at the very bottom of High Noon. They are 5+ feet tall. Right now the snow in the willows is about 2 feet deep. They are very flexible and will easily bend over as the snowcats start pushing snow around. There is a large pile of snow just above them that will be used to cover them. So here is an insider tip for you - The willows are not a very good indicator for how well snowmaking is doing. You will see the willows until the cats start dozing..........and the snowcat drivers are going to start dozing tomorrow, Wednesday. Having snowcats on the hill "IS" a good indicator for how well snowmaking is doing.



19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. It is looking great. Many of us have great faith in everyone at A Basin. Submitted by a front range guy��.

James K said...

For all the comments yesterday demanding A Basin needs to 'win' by opening before Loveland, A Basin is open 45-60 days later than Loveland (and everywhere else) each spring with much better conditions than we can find the first week of the season. Waiting a few extra days is no biggie.

Davi Costa said...

This is a great blog to follow this time of the year. The suspense about opening day is worthy of alfred hitchcock's movies. I know it is not intentional and A-Basin will open whenever it is the right time for it. Thanks for all the updates

Anonymous said...

Al I am sure you don't let the impatient posts get to you too much. Just know there are many very appreciative folk out there of your updates. I see preseason as a spiritual practice of working with the minds impatient hopes. That being said, Bring it Ullr, we are ready to praise your glory.

Anonymous said...

There still is time to beat Loveland.

Anonymous said...

When do you think you will open?

Saracheezy said...

aw man you're teasin us! haha, can't wait for opening day (*wink wink* friday??)!

Anonymous said...

I feel a very Halloween ABAY day is upon us! Get those gaper-day scary costumes ready to go ya'll!

RaflW said...

I think opening on Friday would be impressive and, not to sound too much like a certain New Yorker, classy. A-basin wins the race more often than not, so if this year Loveland opens a day or so sooner? Congrats. It will be a great season for both ski areas whenever each opens!

Anonymous said...

I worked at Keystone and A-basin years ago and can tell all of the folks that don't know what goes into opening this place that it takes a tremendous amount of work in a very short time. People are up on that hill, working their a$@#♧ off in sub freezing temps, 24-7 to get your basin open. Please show them some luv and appreciation here on the blog, and when you see them in person get'em a hot beverage!!!

Anonymous said...

Grain by grain, a loaf. Stone by stone, a castle. Flake by flake, A-Basin. At the bottom of patience is HEAVEN. Great job AL!

Anonymous said...

It's coming along very nicely and the mountain is looking great! You are All doing a great job and I can't wait for opening day!

Anonymous said...

What will Nate Dogggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg do if they open the same day?

Anonymous said...

Friday opening for sure

Anonymous said...

Now that is a good question!

John PZ said...

OK, so I just took this Friday off, make it happen Al!!!


On a side note, I have no issue with also taking Thursday off, hopefully we will have at least 1 day advanced notice so I can prep...

Shraggy said...

Ah, forget about Loveland... A-Basin is still way sicker in every way. Best in-bounds skiing in Colorado in my opinion. Take all the time you need opening; it will all be sweet pretty soon!

Also, I made it up to St. Mary's on Saturday to have a few pre-season turns so to speak. The snow up there was pretty good from last week's storms. Winter is nearly upon us! Get stoked!

Anonymous said...

You really have to appreciate a-Basin not prematurely opening. A-Basin is a world class mountain operator and they will do what is right for the staff, safety of skiers, and what is necessary to assure a sustainable season. I think most people forget that the resort is a "for profit" business, and has risk, liability, share holders (owners) and most importantly a staff to keep employed, and happy, to make it all happen. Kudos to a-Basin for working hard every day to assure a safe and memorably season, regardless of when opening day is.

Anonymous said...

Ullr is bringing it right now!

http://arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/snow-conditions/web-cams.aspx