Thursday, December 10, 2015

1st Bowl Pali

Devon O'Neil just sent this photo of a skier getting ready to drop into 1st Bowl near the Top of Pali. We are still opening the Pali gate for about an hour most afternoons. While not too deep yet, the snow surface on Pali is still soft and carvable. We should see a bit more snow over there (and everywhere else) during the next few days.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is clearly very late in the day, which reminds me of a suggestion I wanted to make last spring as a first-year skier at Abasin but didn't. Obviously your terrain is awesome and steep, much better on average than basically...everyone. It is nice to ski this terrain on sweet corn earlier in the day before it gets manky. However, I noticed with some routine this is not how your ski patrol generally did things. This is different than comparable areas like Alta or Jackson under similar conditions; they usually have things ready to go right away. If things are still nasty, then it is up to the individual to recognize it. I appreciate every place has their nuances and safety protocol, but I wouldn't mention this if I didn't notice a difference. Constructive criticism.

Anonymous said...

Pali is north facing terrain at a 12,000ft elevation.
In December, it is not corn skiing, or does it get "manky" as the day goes on.
Welcome to Abasin
TM

Anonymous said...

What?

The base of A-Basin is several hundred feet higher than the TOP of the highest lifts at Alta and Jackson.

Ski patrol at the Basin is the best. They know what they're doing. If it's closed, there's a reason they have it closed. They know the mountain better than any of us.

John PZ said...

Love how a 1st year skier is telling Abay how to open their terrain, wow! Millennial maybe? The snow is frozen solid in the AM on that pitch when it hasn't snowed in almost a week, you'd be crazy to try to hit it when it's in the single digits, needs to warm up a little.

Mark Matis said...

REAL skiers don't whine about "crisp" snow. Far less likely to run into crowds in those conditions. And Colorado's version of "frozen solid" is what they call a GOOD day in the Northeast...
}:-]

Anonymous said...

First-year A-Basin skier tomahawking down frozen snow field 40 degree Pali pitch at 8:30am:

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I RECOGNIZE IT!!!!! I RECOGNIZE IT!!!!

COsouthpaw said...

And let's not forget how David's Run (formerly 1st Alley) got its name in 2005. I'd rather place my trust in ski patrol's judgement.

Galibier_Numero_Un said...

Well said, COsouthpaw.

To Mr. Matis - as someone who cut his teeth skiing on the Front Four at Stowe, I would suggest that you apply your superior knowledge of mountain weather and snowpack to skiing adjacent peaks like Quandry.

At such point that you survive, report back to us about how the Basin should manage its terrain.

We are fortunate in Colorado to have one of the true gems of North American skiing in our back yard. Thanks for all the great work, Al and crew!

... Thom

John PZ said...

Real skiers respect ski patrol wisdom...