Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ski Area Closed Today at 1 PM

With 15 inches new today and 11 new yesterday the skiing is phenomenal. I had just finished getting a bunch of face shots in Long Chute when Tony C called me on the radio asking for a phone call with that very serious and heavy tone in his voice. Some tremendous avalanches have been occurring near us. Both CDOT and CAIC had very significant concerns about avalanche paths along Highway 6. In fact Highway 6 is now closed between Keystone and Loveland Ski Areas. Considering the very serious concerns about travelling down the highway, we made the decision to close and get our guests and employees off the hill as soon as we could.

This morning at the ski area, our Ski Patrol did substantial mitigation work. We had a phenomenal day of skiing and riding. This closure is about getting people off the highway and home to safety.

We don't know what is going to happen tomorrow just yet. A few essential A-Basin personnel will stay at the ski area tonight and we will work closely with both CDOT land CAIC to make sure appropriate actions happen along the highway. Our snow safety safety team will be all over the hill tomorrow. I will update my blog and we will update the website as the situation develops.

.......And uphill access is closed.


18 comments:

Frank Klinger said...

Oh man, I can't believe you closed uphill access.... :-D

Anonymous said...

Al - Any chance we can get a camera turned to the Professor in case it slides? It would be pretty amazing to watch that happen while everyone is safely out of the area.

Rodney Ramsay said...

I remember seeing somewhere that the professor crossed the road on average once every 15 years.

Anonymous said...

Now I understand the old saying "Too much of a good thing."

Mike z said...

Uphill access is closed?!?! We won't stand for this!! :D

Cal said...

Safety first my friend!

Anonymous said...

East wall opens soon!

Don Keller said...

Very smart decision Al...Thanks to you and staff.

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly it was 1988, third week of Feb. No snow in Summit County previous 5 weeks. Loveland said they got 77 in that week. Pass closed all week.

When CDOT helo bombed Mt Bethel on I-70 it buried the interstate. Next day bombed the Little Professor. Buried the main parking lot and snow hit Molly Hogan lift and damaged it.

Then kept good snowing through March.

Anonymous said...

Just Think, 4th of July 2017 :)

Anonymous said...

Speaking of webcams, how about setting the new one to run all night long like it did at first? That was the best. Now it only updates sporadically at night.

Anonymous said...

Made the right call..... Serious stuff. Keep everyone safe so we all can play another day.

Studio1 said...

Thanks Al, Right call all the way around. Some tend to forget where A-Basin is situated: on the Divide at altitude folks, where wicked conditions occur quickly. We can have fun on another day but need to be safe to do it!

Anonymous said...

So, in light of severe avalanche danger along US 6, and LL Pass and I-70 being closed, CDOT decided the wise decision was to get all of these people into harm's way as quickly as possible... Why would anyone wait in the relative safety of the ABasin base area (let alone just continue skiing), when they could instead be parked in their cars for several hours, inching through intermittent avalanche terrain on US6? Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

yeah because the base area and main parking lot aren't directly below a large and historically dangerous slide path or anything either...

Matt said...

Anonymous - January 11, 2017 at 2:12 AM

With Loveland Pass closed and the very strong potential of a slide path shutting down US 6 towards Keystone, anyone at A-Basin would be stuck at A-Basin... possible for a day or more. Don't mistake the forest for the trees.

Anonymous said...

The parking lot is the danger zone. It has been filled 30 ft deep with avy debris in the past. It needed to be cleared of people asap.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a "very strong potential of a slide path shutting down US 6 towards Keystone" suggest that US 6 westbound into Keystone is not a good place to create a long line of gridlocked traffic?