Saturday, April 16, 2016

15 Inches and One Seriously Windy Day

We don't see days like this very often. The great news was 15 inches of snow at report time and lots more that followed. The bad news was heinous winds, too windy to open most of the day. Black Mountain Express was open for the last hour and fifteen minutes. Here is a picture of the Ski Patrol in the morning.We have every intention of opening at normal times tomorrow. We will see what Mother Nature brings. She can be tough sometimes.


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mother Nature giveth, and she taketh away. That's the Rockies (and skiing in general) for ya

Anonymous said...

Some notification for those of us coming in outside of Summit County would have been nice. I checked the website and saw no mention of the wind. At 8AM, I called in and the snow report message was "epic day" and 15" of "powder, of course." That message was completely at odds with the actual situation. If I had known that the lifts weren't turning because of wind, I would have gone somewhere else today. Instead, I lost a ski day. But, like many, I did drop some cash at the cafeteria/bar, which makes me wonder, so I guess A-Basin got something out of it.

Anonymous said...

Lame, lots of people drove through difficult conditions to spend a day off at A Basin today. Every other resort was able to fire up their chairs. You couldn't even run the BME??? WTF?!?

Anonymous said...

Nuts.

. said...

Powder turns at Bumpy's Bar were awesome, and hung out with some OLD friends I have not seen in years. Greg Ward and Robert Stone...great catching up guys. GREAT day at the Basin and we never made a turn!

Dana Johnson said...

Remember once probably 1980 I was working at A Basin and the winds were over 70 mph. We didn't close, and there were actually idiots there trying to ski Norway lift! I was at the top as an operator.....couldn't believe it.

Anonymous said...

Need more info to make a decision on tomorrow. Will anything other than a few groomers be open? Did you get to do any avy work? Whats up with the Zuma chair? Did it get wrecked today like people are saying?

Anonymous said...

Have a great day Al. Thanks for providing a safe place to ski.

Anonymous said...

If you don't want to loose a ski day, why not check the web cams? They are free and up to date pics of what it looks like at all the ski resorts.

Bernie Riehl said...

Wow, maybe you should always go somewhere else. A-Basin can't predict wind speed.

Anonymous said...

They posted on the "Terrain Status" page they were on wind hold at 8ish in the am. Not sure why you wouldn't check that page before you came up.
Today they should have put "Denver has taken over the mtn"on the status page. After getting to Keystone I turned around and did go somewhere else, skied onto the chair almost every run. If you don't like the way ABay does business please go somewhere else.....please...

Anonymous said...

given the forecast (on tuesday it included thunders, strong winds, snakes and raptors) it was clear that the day of the storm was not the day to hit the road.But to each its own

Anonymous said...

Lose a ski day, not loose. Cams don't tell you if the lifts are going to be running before scheduled opening. Instead of reflexively defending ABasin, look at it as an opportunity to improve communications in situations like yesterday. It is a bit unfair to act as if everything is normal in your greeting message when the actual situation is very different. I am not asking ABasin to predict wind speed. But when the winds are like they were yesterday, and it is clear that scheduled opening isn't going to happen, that message should be made more clear and much earlier than it was. I'm not disagreeing with the decision to shut things down, but with how that was communicated to customers.

Anonymous said...

100% agree with last comment by Anonymous...wow, he/she always has a lot to say. With the Basin wielding social tools as well as you do, I agree that more could have been out there, and on a more updated basis, than was done. having said that, I must say that we enjoyed ourselves immensely in the A frame and 6th Alley, catching up with some friends and chewing on some Nitro Milk Stouts. Viva A Basin!

Anonymous said...

Me and my family went up for the extreme powder day that was advertised on your webpage. There was no telling that you were to be closed so we drove up from Denver and sat in the lodge all day. Obviously you could not control the weather, but it would have been nice if you would've advertised that you were on standby.

Anonymous said...

Instead of spending the day spending money at the lodge, why wouldn't you have just paid for a lift ticket at Loveland??