Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Trail Map

The new trail map is here !!! The new trail map is here !!! The new trail map is here !!! We have some beautiful, new artwork that includes The Beavers and The Steep Gullies. This map also includes the new trail names. We chose these names for a variety of reasons. A couple of the more commons names, Marmot and Ptarmigan, were chosen because those two specific areas are crawling with marmots and ptarmigan. Some of the trail names like Beaver Bowl, The Steep Gullies and Christmas Trees are nomenclature that has been used to describe these same areas for years. Other names, like Loafer, Davis, Bailey Brothers and Alex, have significant historical meaning for The Basin. In the coming weeks and months, I will share specific details about what some of these names mean.

The map can be found at the link below. This map is very specifically for the 2017/18 season and does not include the chairlift that will be installed for the 2018/19 season. For the 2017/18 season, all the areas in The Beavers and Steep Gullies require a hike at the end of the ski.

Trail Map

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just A Little White

It wasn't very much. It didn't last very long. It has already melted. It is not unusual in August, but this morning we were greeted with just a little bit of white stuff high on the East Wall.

Don't panic. Summer isn't over. We have a couple of great events in the next week, the "Local Brewfest" Saturday and an "Eclipse Party" Monday. These little, late Summer weather events remind us to savor these warm days and won't be long.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Solar Eclipse At The Basin - FREE CHAIRLIFT RIDES

The solar eclipse is coming soon, Monday, August 21. Sounds like there are going to be some crazy, fun, busy times up in central Wyoming where there will be a total solar eclipse. At The Basin we will experience a partial eclipse with 92% of the sun covered at about 11:45 AM.

If you are not heading to Wyoming, you should grab your eclipse glasses and head to The Basin. You can hang in the base area, wander up the hill, take a free chairlift ride, hike down the Argentine North Fork trail to the base area or head to The Summit. Somewhere in there you can grab a bite and a beer at The 6th Alley.

And yes, we are offering FREE CHAIRLIFT RIDES for the eclipse from 9:30 to 2:30 on Monday, August 21.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

PHQ Progress

We have made some progress with the Patrol Headquarters remodel. The foundation is complete and back-filled. The slabs are poured. This week the framing begins.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Bald Spot

The Bald Spot is a unique zone in our Beavers Project. The terrain is very comparable to the Lower Alleys in terms of pitch, size and vertical drop. It is located about 500 feet W-NW of the bottom terminal of the proposed Beavers Lift. With an approximately 250 vertical foot drop, most of the terrain is located at an elevation below the bottom of The Beavers Lift. It will have its own designated access gate(s) and when finished skiing these great little steeps, one will have to hike up to either the bottom of The Beavers Lift or traverse East and hike to Pallavicini Lift.

Another really sweet nugget.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Moose On Pali

Walking up the valley floor below Pali Lift, I stumbled upon a moose this afternoon. She was chomping on the willows in the Pali run-out zone. Now I always enjoy seeing moose, but one of my objectives is to see them from as far away as possible. Hence, the blurry top photo. I was not about to sneak up close enough to get a crystal clear shot with the iPhone. For perspective on the bottom photo, the moose is in the lower, left corner.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Skiing

This is what some of the skiing will look like in The Beavers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Little Smokey

Yesterday I went for a little walk-about in the Lower Alleys, Waterfall, Gauthier zone. Pretty rugged, but a great place to be. The afternoon weather was kind of strange. It was very hazy. I think it was smoke from far away fires. There were constant on and off showers. Each one lasted about the time it took me to put on my rain coat. Another special walk at The Basin.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Birdies, Bogeys and Bloodies

Saturday, a new event, Birdies, Bogeys and Bloodies. Activities include a Disc Golf Tournament, live music with P-Nuckle, BBQ from Chefs Rybak and Vlass, vodka tasting, hiking, yard games, FREE CHAIRLIFT RIDES and, simply, your really fun, A-Basin small festival type of atmosphere.

If you play disc, go to the website, get all the details and register online. Walk-ups are welcome.

If you don't play disc, come up anyway and join the fun.

The Summit Stage will be running between 10:00 and 3:30 from River Run at Keystone to The Basin

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Riding Pali In Summer

This Summer our crews are taking advantage of riding Pali Lift to access the terrain they working on in The Beavers. It has been a fun ride checking out all the ski lines we slide down in Winter. Deer hang out under the lift not bothered as folks pass overhead. A couple of small snowfields persist high on The Face. A great place to spend time.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another View Of Pali

Walking out of The Beavers yesterday, I had a very nice view of Pali as I approached the base area. It was a view that is a bit different from what most of us are used to.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mother Nature Tried

Today was our Cirque Series Trail Run and BBQ. Mother Nature tried to be a little difficult. I have to admit I was a little discouraged with the morning's early, steady rain. Almost immediately after 200 runners headed up the hill, it stopped raining. The athletes enjoyed a cool, cloudy mountain run, but it wasn't raining. They ran to the Top of Pali, to The Summit, down and back up Zuma Cornice, to the top of Little Lenawee and back to Mountain Goat Plaza.  With 40 Oz. To Freedom playing on the stage, lots of BBQ, The 6th Alley cranking and plenty of slightly oxygen deprived runners about, we had a really fun day.

And Old Mother Nature spared us on the rain.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Zuma, Goats, Marmots, Fox

Beautiful morning on The Summit today.  Perfect light looking into Montezuma Bowl. Lots of goats on Little Lenawee. There are several "kids" running around. Very cute.  Also plenty of marmot and pika and even a fox near the top. Wonderful morning.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Patrol Headquarters Remodel

With The Beavers and Steep Gullies terrain coming online next winter, our Ski Patrol staff size is increasing. Those patrollers need someplace to use as a base. As a result, we are doing a small remodel/expansion at Patrol Headquarters. We need a little more room for lockers, ski storage, increased amount of sign stuff and maybe a couple of extra chairs and a bigger refrigerator.

This project is underway. The footers are poured. The foundation walls are next and we should be framing soon.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lenawee Bullwheel Bearings

During the winter our Lift Maintenance team keeps quite busy doing two daily lift checks, weekly lift checks and monthly lift checks. They are continually monitoring the machines as they operate, making adjustments and repairing or replacing parts as needed.

In the summer, the crew gets really, really busy. There are big annual checks to do and at times, there are very big maintenance projects to complete. Right now the group is in the midst of replacing the bullwheel bearings at the top terminal of Lenawee Lift. It is a significant process. They fully de-tension the top terminal of the lift. Once completed, they remove the bullwheel. While it is stacked on cribbing, they replace the bearings. All this is followed by putting the bullwheel back on the lift and re-tensioning the lift. No small task.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Disc Golf

Enjoyed a mellow day off up at The Basin. Kay and I and a few friends played 9 holes on the Disc Golf Course. The wild flowers were in peak form. Playing with the discs and baskets is definitely fun, but also just wandering in the woods with your friends is a really great way to spend a few hours. We topped it off with lunch and a cold beverage on the 6th Alley deck.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fun Saturdays

Everyone was having fun at The Basin today.

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Snowfences

Most ski areas that have much terrain above timberline use snowfences to capture and manage snow. We deploy a lot of snowfences at A-Basin. From the top of our Upper Mountain Lifts, Pallavicini, Norway, Lenawee Mountain and Zuma, numerous snowfences exist to capture snow. In these high places, there is no shortage of snow but, sometimes the wind likes to deposit the snow in places difference from where we like to deposit snow. Fences slow down the wind and snow a bit and the snow falls to the ground on the down-wind side of the fence. A well placed fence literally catches tons and tons of snow.

So far this summer we have already built hundreds of feet of fences in some of the highest places in The Beavers. These fences will deposit snow on some of the more wind swept areas and the snowcats will connect the dots (snow piles) creating ski trails that lead  to areas of heavy wind deposited snow. We have used this same strategy to make great ski trails out of Columbine, Larkspur, Lenawee Face, Norway and Grizzly Road. The fences are extraordinary tools.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beavers Hike and Events

I went for a beautiful hike out in The Beavers this morning. Flowers were blooming and the sky was blue. Great walk. Four deer spent some time checking me out.

The next couple of days we have some fun events going on.

Tomorrow, July 21, we start Yoga Fridays. Come and enjoy yoga on The Perch from 11 - Noon and follow that up with a discounted lunch in The 6th Alley. Register on our website or show up a little early and register in Guest Services.

Saturday from 11 - 3, our Summer Event Series continues. Join us for some Nashville Southern Rock with The Cordovas at the Mountain Goat Plaza. Free Concert. Free Chairlift Rides. Free Hiking. Free Disc Golf. Free Summit Stage Service.

Top that off with some goodies from the Taco Truck or The 6th Alley Bar and Grill.

Did I mention Free Concert and Chairlift Rides?