Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Yoga on the Mountain is Thursday, July 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. with a guided hike to Black Mountain Lodge and a one-hour yoga session with Alison Simson on the deck at mid-mountain. It's all followed by a spa luncheon at the Black Mountain Lodge specially prepared by Chef Rybak and his crew. It's half-full already so now is a good time to book your spot in this experience.
Learn more: www.arapahoebasin.com/summer
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hard to believe we were open three days ago. It was a great ski season with an especially strong spring, but summer is happening very quickly. We are still quite busy putting the winter stuff away. Construction (more like destruction) has begun on the A-Frame and Base Area remodel. We have a busy summer of weddings planned with the first one being June 25. Summer in "The 6th Alley" kicks off July 1. The Bar and Grill will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. I anticipate the Argentine North Fork Trail to be open within a couple of weeks. Our Summer Event Schedule includes Yoga on the Mountain, Summit Challenge Trail Run, BML BBQ and Concert and the Clam and Lobster Boil. If you like skiing at The Basin in Winter you will love hanging out here in the Summer.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
We enjoyed a beautiful closing day with fun summer skiing, High Five playing on the BML deck and lots of delicious BBQ.
I saw some things today I have never seen before. There was the snowboarder playing his saxophone while riding. There was the skiing fiddle player that skimmed across Lake Reveal while playing his fiddle. Not to be outdone, another skier cruised across the water while playing bagpipes. He didn't quite make it (and got a little wet). Once the bagpiper crawled to shore, he joined the fiddler for a duet on the North Shore. With just the right amount of inappropriateness, everyone had a great time.
I think our timing was good. We made it through today, but the snow is melting fast. Another weekend is completely out of the question. There just won't be much snow left by Saturday. Thanks to the entire A-Basin community for a great finish to the season, and even more important, thanks for another spectacular season.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
This time of year we frequently see the bighorn sheep hanging out along Highway 6 both above and below the ski area. I saw these guys yesterday morning. The little ones are so cute. These animals are different from the mountain goats we see hanging out on The Summit and The East Wall. The mountain goats are almost pure white with black horns. As you come skiing this weekend, maybe you will be lucky enough to be greeted by the bighorn sheep and the mountain goats.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Things are starting to shape up for the "Re-Opening" on Friday. This morning we had four snowcats out on the hill putting the place back together. Staying open in June requires a lot of high quality work by the cat drivers. I anticipate that most of the terrain that is open will have groomed surfaces. While not completely finalized I think you can look forward to skiing High Noon, Upper Sundance, Dercum's Gulch, Humbug, Lenawee Face and Powerline. Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Chairlifts will be open from 8:30 - 2:30. The Terrain Park Crew is putting together several rail features. The forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is calling for a few clouds and warm temps. This is a great weekend to finish off the ski season with a bang.
Looks like you will have a chance to get wet.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Several folks have inquired about what is going on at the North end of the A-Frame. We have several remodeling projects in plan for the base area. We are going to remodel, re-grade and re-pave the base area around the A-Frame and the Guest Services building. We will have better walkways, better ramps, more outdoor seating and better plaza/music viewing for our guests. We are also remodeling and expanding Arapahoe Sports, the store on the North End of the A-Frame. Lastly we are remodeling the two entry doors on the West side of the A-Frame. Enjoy the two elevations of the Arapahoe Sports remodel.
For several years we have been working on a comprehensive plan to make the entire base area look better and function better and generally be a much better place to hang out, eat, enjoy good times with friends and soak in The Basin.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
OK, one more weekend to go. We will be closed Monday through Thursday, but The Basin will re-open for skiing and riding Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10, 11 and 12.Come join us for one more weekend of skiing, snowboarding, music, decks, BBQ, pond skimming (maybe) and more.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Today is perfect for the Black Mountain Lodge (almost) Summer deck scene. The deck BBQ is open. The sky is blue and the temperature is warm. People are savoring the weather and the snow conditions. The East Wall view is extra dramatic. The mountain goats are now daily regulars on Little Lenawee Peak. "Whitewater Ramble" is moments away from starting to play in the Base Area Plaza. Just another great day.
.........And we have another weekend to go.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Today, June 3, was the final day of the season for Montezuma Bowl. We really wanted to keep it open through Sunday, but Mother Nature had other plans. While most of Columbine and Shining Light are still quite good, the lower pitch going into the bottom lift terminal has simply melted too much. M.N. can be fickle that way. This year Montezuma Bowl opened December 23 giving The Bowl a 163 day season. I hope you guys had as much fun back there as I did.
Historical closing dates for Montezuma Bowl are:
2008 May 22
2009 May 14
2010 May 16
2011 June 5
2012 March 25
2013 May 27
2014 June 1
2015 June 3
2016 June 3
Not June 3, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
I am sure you have heard by now. We are going to extend the season for one more weekend. We will be open every day through Sunday, June 5. We will be closed June 6 through 9. We will re-open for a 3-day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10, 11 and 12. For the extended season, Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Chairlifts will be turning from 8:30 until 2:30. The skiing is still tremendous for this time of year. This will (almost certainly) be the last weekend of the 2015-16 season. It has been a great one. Come close it out with a bang on our extended weekend.