Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Snow Nerds Only - Snowpack 116%

As the pictures indicate, the skiing is tremendous. This week's storm was a huge bonus. While the statewide snowpack is somewhat less than ideal, The Basin has fared better than most. The Grizzly Peak Snotel site (next to A-Basin) indicates a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE and commonly called "The Snowpack") is 116% of the long term median. According to that same site, Season to Date precipitation is 108% of the long term average. You can find all kinds of snowpack info at https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/

Some people have been surprised when they get here and realize how good the snow is. No need to be surprised, we are having a good year. 



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful you guys are located at such a high altitude--it has really protected us from the bad year and bad snow seen at many of the nearby resorts. Safe to say this mountain is far more protected from a changing climate etc than the current nearby competitors and allies.

Perhaps, this huge advantage is something to consider when it's time to renegotiate (or not) with Katz? :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful you guys are located at such a high altitude. It really has protected us from the bad year and bad snow seen at many of the nearby resorts. This mountain is far more protected from a changing climate than the current nearby competitors and allies.

Perhaps this huge advantage is something to consider when it's time to renegotiate (or not) with Katz? :)

Phil said...

Al, I had a great day at the Basin yesterday. I thanked every patroller I saw, but want you to know I think your snow safety crew does an incredible job managing all the avy terrain. Lots to control, but they do it in an orderly, safe, efficient way. Also, really enjoying the hike-back experience of the Beavers/SG terrain. Any chance you would reconsider installing the Beavers lift? Would be very cool to just leave all that terrain hike-back to give your guests that backcountry-lite feel and keeps it from getting tracked out as quickly. Just another thing to make the Basin unique. :) Thanks again for all you and your crew does to make the Basin what it is!

James Knudtsen said...

Stoke levels are pretty high while reading this. What does this mean as far as lower east wall/land if the giants mean and in the long run the upper east wall?

Ryan said...

All eyes (amongst us A-Basin locals) are beginning to turn towards whether A-Basin remains on the Epic Pass after 2018-2019. Some hope not hoping the crowds die down, others want to remain, but time will tell.

Yesterday was truly a day to remember on Pali and the Beavers. Keep up the good work Al.

James Knudtsen said...

The basin should get off of epic as quickly as they can. I’d love to see a Loveland abasin combo though

Anonymous said...

Get on the Ikon, A-Bay!

Mark Taylor said...

Curious about the average snowpack numbers. If there are many lower than normal years, doesn’t it bring the average down? Or is there a predetermined “normal” snowpack amount?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Great question Mark. Those median and average numbers are based on the 1981-2010 water years. The water year begins October 1. I am not sure how often or when the Snotel folks will update those 1981-2010 numbers.

aaron said...

I agree with Phil. The Beavers are simply amazing and I'm worried about the lift back there changing things. The only comparable terrain with such depth and protection from the crowds due to its hike back nature in Colorado is Teo Bowl at Crested Butte. No lift really gives the place an incredible vibe and makes missing the pow day much less stressful as you know there will be great snow in the beavers for days on days. I actually bought a splitboard specifically to do the skin back on the beavers.

Also as a non-epic abasin-only passholder, I agree with the comments about Abasin needing to get away from Vail Resorts. Parking is bad, crowds are large, but the beavers is a blissful reprieve from all that. When the lift goes in, all will change :(

KSA 1 said...

As far as Epic passes, I would be curious what the numbers show as far as food/ beverage sales associated with this pass. The parking is free so no income generated (however I'm sure all the people from vail shell out the $30 for preferred parking :) Probably can't disclose but from a corporation perspective how significant is the benefit of association with the epic pass?

Anonymous said...

Do all of the people wishing Abasin would get off the EPic pass realize how dumb they sound?

Why would ABasin do that? To lose money?

Abasin is my favorite local mountain, and will continue to be. The Epic Pass crowds do get annoying, but they're never bad on the more difficult terrain. Also, many of the more crowded days tend to be when ABasin is one of the only mountains open, either early or late season. Just plan accordingly and you are fine. If you want fresh tracks, skin up before they open. I know that's what I do.

Anonymous said...

Can you provide an estimate for when the East Wall will open?

James Knudtsen said...

Although Abasin may lose some money if they leave the epic deal I really believe that vail resorts is seriously taking advantage of them. It also adds to the monopoly of vail which is not something I think should be supported

Anonymous said...

I ski primarily the Pali lift and I don't ever have anyone in my way or over-crowding on the runs serviced by Pali.

Anonymous said...

“I’d rather ABasin lose significant revenue so that I can have my own private ski hill. No one should be able to enjoy the Beavers except me.”

Rudolph Albach said...

Over the last 10 years, in my Nationwide travels, I have passed through the mountains with anticipation that one day I would have the opportunity to visit one of the many ski resorts located throughout The Rockies. Thanks to the use of today's social networking technology, I was directed to Arapahoe Basin for my introduction into downhill skiing the magnificent terrain offered to us in the mountains.
The Arapahoe Basin was a great experience for myself and the andrenaline rush achieved from the exercise was so intense. The cardio workout was amazing along with the physical workout. The terrain experience for me being only an intermediate skier was mind-blowing. And thanks to your mountain staff, I was setup with lift ticket and excellent rental equiptment and on the slopes experiencing the mountains under 30 minute.

It is apparent to me now after my experience that the fountain of youth can be found at Arapahoe Basin. And there is an excellent staff managed there to help one achieve this. From the parking lot attendants to the ski lift operators to the waitresss that supplied me with plenty of coffee & water along with the bannana chocolate fried egg roll, ARAPAHOE BASIN is a superb skiing experience.

Thank you so much &
Keep doing what your doing.
A-Basin rocks!