Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lazy J

The brand of our new rope tow is Telecorde. The name of the lift is the "Lazy J." All four foundations have been installed. Three of the four towers have been installed. The fourth tower (drive terminal) should go up today. Next steps involve getting the electrician to connect all the wiring and to make sure all the buttons and switches work. Once that is done, the Leitner Poma crew will install the actual rope (critical element of a rope tow). Following that, we will work our way through the final testing and licensing process.



33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really? People who cannot skate towards Montezuma have no place being back there.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that I will no longer have to walk 150 feet up a slight grade. Looking forward to escalators to get to Sixth Alley in the future. And maybe even free cookies.

Anonymous said...

@anonymous: and what about snowboarders? They cannot skate!

I really love this addition, it was long overdue! :-)))

Anonymous said...

Love it. Can't wait for all the hardos to skate next to the tow line so they can showcase their superior skillz.

Anonymous said...

I don’t know about escalator to 6th ally but escalator from the upper lot to base area would be nice or something just to avoid walking down the steep stairs first thing in ski boots. Never mind the cost and the ecological concerns

Steven Sadowsky said...

While I would love to "keep A Basin local" and all, tourists dollars keep our season pass cost down. A lot of tourists probably arent used to skating at 12,500+ ft but can still competently get down the zuma groomers. After all, you can still skate if you'd like.

Anonymous said...

For all the haters on this rope tow keep in mind there are people, like myself, who come from less than 1,000 ft elevations to ski at A-Basin. I don't have two weeks to acclimate to the high altitude before I can get out to enjoy skiing Zuma bowl. Can I make the hike, yes; however I don't pay thousands of dollars to come ski the mountains to wipe myself completely out on hiking. I want to spend as much of my energy as possible skiing. It just so happens that living at those elevations and then going to the Basin takes A LOT of energy. Your blood doesn't have enough red cells to properly feed your muscles the oxygen at the rate and quantity that is really needed. So thank you Al for thinking of people like me who may have to look like sluffs when taking this tow, in reality what it's doing is letting me do the thing I love to do the most in the world before I have to go home to ski my 235 vertical ft home hill. Thanks for all you do Al. This blog is really the best ski blog on the internet. - Wisconsin Native, A Basin advocate, altitude challenged, passionate skier

Rudolph Garmisch said...

What about someone with a disability like the several single amputee skiers that frequent Abasin? Do they also have no business being back there?

Anonymous said...

Although I can make the hike, it really sucked. This will be great once its up and running!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you do Al. This is a great addition for the Legend. Looking forward to seeing the Lazy J packed with smiling faces :) Keep up the great work. It is appreciated!

Anonymous said...

As a Wisconsin native I think this is a waste of resources, if you can't breathe at 12k ft then go home

WiscoKid said...

Can we get a rope tow from the lower lot up to BME please. Some of us have to park pretty far away from the lift line.

Anonymous said...

Why are people so angry at the world? From my previous post I mentioned this would help do the thing I love most, and I've got people here shi**ing on that. Seriously? Get a life. Can I breathe at 12k feet? Yes. Do I work out an insane amount before I come to Colorado so I can ski as much as I can? Yes. Does that matter at all when my body can't produce enough oxygen to keep me skiing all day? No. This tow can easily be the difference between 4 laps or 7 for me. So keep on hating on me for something that is completely out of my control. I'm not lazy, I can walk from any lot I park in. All I want is to be able to get as much skiing in as I can. You want to fault me for that, get a life. No one has time for your negativity.

Jeff Watson said...

I think this is a great addition! Thanks Al!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can add an starbucks next to the patrol hq. We could sip a latte while being towed. :-}

Jake S said...

As someone who lives in Wisconsin, ( We must all be from Wisconsin here...) I didn't seem to have too much of problem with the altitude (being slightly out of peak shape was a different story) and could mostly skate around all I wanted. But I think the Euphoric experience of just being at A-Basin (and in the mountains) counteracted altitude sickness :) I had issues though finishing the Black Mountain Lodge Burger . I still have memories of that thing it was so good. Anyways, From my own ski area employment experience, I totally can see a need for a surface lift for reasons many of the people here mentioned. Have a great season!

Anonymous said...

now that we have the luxury of the rope maybe we can get heated orange bubbles on all of the lifts because the cold and wind can give me the sniffles.

Anonymous said...

I have seen, on several occasions, amputees totally shredding mgd.

David said...

Rather than a rope tow up to Zuma I would have much preferred a rope tow from Molly Hogan to the lodge. Carrying my 4 year old up that hill is quite painful :)

Anonymous said...

I think that A-Basin should build a Lazy J up the North Pole Hiking Gate so I can ski it four times instead of two each day.

Anonymous said...

Snowscrapers are not allowed at Arapahoe Basin anymore. Period

Anonymous said...

I love how people think a short rope tow somehow will ruin A Basin's vibe. Complain when they put a ropetow up Willie's Wide staircase. I'm fat and I'm also lazy, but I love to ski Zuma, and I can't wait to take advantage of this new lift.

Anonymous said...

Then you should stay off of it. I ski a few times a year am out of shape over 50 and cheer the addition. I can skate it but much prefer the tow. Maybe you should forgo the lift and walk out of Zuma bowl, since you are obviously a knarly iron lunged dude.

Anonymous said...

I think you should stay in the backcountry. We will both be happier.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there rule that cry babies, whiners and children aren't allowed to post on this blog?

Brownjuan Brown said...

As always, thanks to AL'S BLOG for the information/photos provided on things at A-Basin.
My question: Will the trail width accommodate both the rope tow traffic and self-propelled uphill skiers
at the same time? Will the skier be presented with a choice?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

There is definitely room to skate or walk next to the rope tow.

Roc said...

Just another sloooooow lift at A-bay. Please construct high-speed detachable type lifts from now on, so we may get more vert on the fantastic terrain. Let us spend more time skiing and less time hanging on the lifts.

Luke Dobson said...

How thoughtful...looking forward to checking it out!!!!

Anonymous said...

Roc, A-Basin used to have two pomas that were detachable. However, they were such maintenance problems that one of them stopped working before the end of it's lifespan, and then was abandoned, and the other one ended up being removed and never replaced.

J.C. Campbell said...

I'm happy this lift is going in because the skate over to Zuma does indeed suck. Just curious from a construction perspective why this was chosen to be done in winter rather than during the summer? Doesn't that effect pouring concrete and all that?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Installing the lift in winter was not our first choice. The lift was shipped from France and arrived a couple of months late. The foundations are actually steel grids. There is no concrete.

Keith said...

This is the best addition since opening the back bowl. When I lived in Colorado skating this short grade would have been no trouble. But now I live in Ohio and it takes many days to acclimatize such that this skate is conceivable. I have to ski at lower altitude for several days just to ski A-basin and a few days at A-basin to think about skating to the back bowl. I don't have that much time. This and the the new territory are so exciting and I cant wait to get back to A-basin every year.