Saturday, December 8, 2018

Best Part of A-Basin

The best part of The Basin is all the good friends you have made through the years.

Friday, December 7, 2018

What A Day !!!!

What a day !!!! I am not sure it could have been much better. With Zuma opening, all of our chairlifts are open for the season. The skiing was just fantastic. On top of groomed terrain in the central corridor, MGD opened right off the bat and we had some limited skiing in West Zuma. There were many, many happy faces, on guests and employees.

To make it even better, I wandered over to Pali and then The Beavers about noon and then back to Zuma again. We had a fairly busy day for a Friday and there were no lift lines. Having all the lifts open really spread people out.

To top that off, our new kitchen opened today (more on that in a later post).

Oh yeah, The Spine and Rock Garden were just about perfect.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Zuma Opens Friday

You heard it. Montezuma Bowl will open mid-morning Friday. To start with, you will be able to ski Columbine, much of Larkspur, Independence and The Fourteeners. As the day progresses, MGD should open up. After that, who knows, there could be a surprise or two.What a great start. This morning's un-forecasted 4" of new snow will really buff things out. Since we first opened the Bowl in January 2008, this will be its earliest opening date.

The "Surprises" are what I like.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Skiing Marmot

I found some exceptional snow in Marmot today. Packed nicely and very soft, the turns were sweet. Just below timberline I cut left to the bottom corner of Beaver Bowl. There, I found one of our new picnic decks. Not a bad place to catch your breath, eat a sandwich, chat with friends or soak in the view.

Looking at the webcams this evenings, it looks like we have 3 or 4 inches of new snow since closing. The morning should deliver some very nice skiing. Towards the end of the day Thursday, look for an update on the Montezuma Bowl opening.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

West Zuma and MGD

We continue to have Ski Patrol and Snow Cat teams all over Montezuma Bowl. In the photos, you can see extensive ski cutting. The snow in West Zuma and MGD is quite good. If we can stay on task, we hope to have our work buttoned up in the next couple of days. It is quite possible we could see some limited openings in West Zuma and MGD in addition to the conventional openings of Columbine and Larkspur.

MGD is Max, Groswold and Durrance, three of the A-Basin original founding members. The other two founding members were Jump and Schauffler who both have trails named after them in West Zuma.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Loafer and Davis and Grooming

It has been a great first week in The Beavers. I know a number of you have really had a good time. Some of you have been dis-satisfied with how difficult Loafer and Davis are and that they have moguls. The snowcats have now traveled both trails top to bottom. As we get more and more snow, the cats will be able to travel Loafer and Davis more and more and there will be less and less moguls.

Loafer and Davis are much like our blue trails West Wall, Norway, Lenawee Parks and Dragon. When we open those trails initially, the snow is not groomed and moguls form. Right now there is a particularly tricky mogul stretch on Norway. With more snow, we start grooming those areas and eventually they become regularly groomed. Often mogul lines exist adjacent to the groomed areas. It is OK to have moguls on blue trails. Dragon is rarely groomed and has bumps all season long. While both longer, Loafer and Davis are not any more difficult than the other trails mentioned above.

No doubt, because of their length, Loafer and Davis offer challenges. If you don't like them now, wait for more snow, check our grooming report and give them a try one morning after they have been groomed.

Davis after grooming

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Montezuma Progress

I took a few laps in Montezuma Bowl today. These pictures tell the whole story. The place looks great. The snowcats have created a good tilled surface all the way to the top of the Columbine Step (last little steep pitch on Columbine). Within a night or two they should be to the bottom of the lift. The crew will keep plugging away back there. We might even see a little snow tomorrow to help us out.