Saturday, August 17, 2019

Trail 2

This morning I walked the under construction section of Lower Trail 2. That is the trail number designated on the planning map. We will come up with a cool trail name by Summer 2020.  The IMBA and A-Basin crews have built some sweet turns and have done some very nice rock armoring. This trail is designed for downhill mountain biking. Right now, construction is moving downhill and is just crossing Black Mountain Express lift line near Tower 3. Below that, the future trail crosses Lower, Lower Standard, Slalom Stadium and Bear Trap before making a few switchbacks in The Glen (between Pali Wog and The Rock Garden) where it starts heading back to the Base Area. It will be a fun, rolling, exciting ride.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tinker Toy

We are adding a couple more gladed trails out in The Beavers west of Loafer. An early planning process name for this area is the C-Pod. I like calling it the Western Territory. Today I walked Tinker Toy, a new trail between Peaceful Valley and Dreamcatcher. It is a black trail with some rolling pitches and fine tree skiing. It will be fun.

A-Basin's early lifts had lattice towers. Staff back in the 40's and 50's often referred to these towers as Tinker Toys.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

East Wall Wander

I was out on the East Wall this morning wandering around the tundra patches and talus fields. Several trail crews members and I were doing the final design on our trail that accesses the via ferrata. It was a great morning out there. Mountain goats were wandering around Lenawee Face. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. We are excited to share this Summer adventure zone with folks next year.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Discrete Cirque Series

Today, 458 runners took on the Discrete Cirque Series at Arapahoe Basin. As usual, Mother Nature threw out a mixed bag of rain, sunny skies and everything in between. Athletes started in the base area and worked their way to the summit of Little Lenawee Peak and then back to the bottom. Joe Gray tore up the course making it up and down in 50 minutes.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Minor Re-Route - ANF

We have had an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) - Trails  Solution team here this summer. They have been working closing with our trail crew on a few projects. As mentioned in an earlier post, they added a section to the Lower Argentine North Fork (ANF) Trail giving people a chance to start hiking right in the base area, bypassing the water tank road.

They have just completed a re-route of the ANF about half way to Black Mountain Lodge. There was a really tight and very steep turn that was eroding badly. We re-did a couple of turns in the section below The Banana and it will flow a lot better.

What I most excited about is that the IMBA / A-Basin teams have just started Trail 2 (check the map below). It will be primarily a one way, downhill mountain biking route. We hope to complete the lower half of it by the time the snow starts sticking. They are a few hundred feet into it and there are some sweet turns.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

3 Days at Monarch Mountain

Arapahoe Basin Season Pass Holders will now get 3 free days of skiing at one of Colorado's coolest resorts, Monarch Mountain.  It has a classic, laid back atmosphere with awesome snow and terrain. Hiking and skiing Mirkwood Bowl is my favorite there.

When The Basin decided to make our change last season, we took off on an extraordinary challenge. We wanted to make the business work better for our guests, our employees, our community and the environment. It would have been cool to make one simple February announcement. That was impossible. We were working with many, many different people and organizations. We had obligations and time constraints. We looked for good new partners that fit with The Legend, but we could not and did not make a deal back then. As soon as we could make good, new partnerships, we did. And as soon as we made those partnerships, we announced those partnerships to you. Along the way we shared what we knew. For example, we announced the only way to ski unlimited days at A-Basin is to buy an A-Basin season pass. It is the only product that will offer unlimited and unrestricted skiing at The Basin.

We are committed to a significant reduction in weekend and holiday crowds. We are committed to keeping the A-Basin culture and vibe strong and alive. We are committed to improving the already awesome Arapahoe Basin mountain experience. We have chosen our exciting, new partners - Monarch Mountain, Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective - to meet those commitments.

All that said, following today's Monarch Mountain announcement, we have nothing else brewing. We have put together an extraordinary set of pass and ticket opportunities to ski Arapahoe Basin. I hope you will join us this season. The experience will be better than ever. I am so excited to partner with our friends at Monarch Mountain.

These are some of the ways to ski Arapahoe Basin for the 2019-20 season.

Arapahoe Basin Season Pass
-Unlimited, unrestricted skiing at A-Basin
-3 free days at Monarch Mountain
-3 free days at Taos
-50% off window price lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts

Arapahoe Basin Double Down Pass
-Two seasons of unlimited, unrestricted skiing at A-Basin
-3 free days at Monarch Mountain (guaranteed for 2019-20 season only)
-3 free days at Taos  (guaranteed for 2019-20 season only)
-50% off window price lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts

Arapahoe Basin Midweek Pass
-Unlimited skiing Monday through Friday at A-Basin
-No blackout days (other than Saturdays and Sundays)

Arapahoe Basin Elevation Any Day Pack
-Choose from 2-5 days of unrestricted skiing at A-Basin
-No blackout days

Ikon Pass
-7 days of unrestricted skiing at A-Basin

Ikon Base Pass
-5 days of restricted skiing at A-Basin
-10 blackout days during Christmas, Martin Luther King weekend and Presidents weekend

Mountain Collective
-2 days of unrestricted skiing at A-Basin
-50% off window price lift tickets at A-Basin once the 2 free days are used

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mountain Collective

Today Arapahoe Basin joins the Mountain Collective. Some very exciting news for Arapahoe Basin Full Season Pass Holders is that they will receive lift tickets for 50% off window price at all Mountain Collective Resorts.

Few resorts have the challenge, the adventure, the high alpine environment and the culture of Arapahoe Basin. We chose Mountain Collective because their resorts do. This pass offers two days at each of 18 different resorts in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Chile. These resorts include Aspen Snowmass, Alta, Snowbird, The Remarkables, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Niseko, Jackson Hole, Taos, Thredbo, Valle Nevado and more. Additionally, after using their two free days at a member resort, Mountain Collective pass holders get lift tickets for 50% off window price.

For skiers and riders that plan on visiting a variety of resorts throughout the winter, this is a great pass offering ski days at resorts around The Rockies, The US and the world. Folks that connect with A-Basin will love riding our new partner resorts. Imagine the week long, multi-resort ski trips you could do with this pass. An Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass and Taos loop sounds pretty good to me. Go to for more details.

Stay tuned for more A-Basin Pass Holder news later in the week.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

An Active Sunday

We have a lot going on today. It is Day two of the Arapahoe Basin Alpine Open Disc Golf Tournament. The Summer Trail Run starts at 10 AM with a challenging course to the top of Pali. Yoga Sundays on The Perch is at 11 AM. Monday morning at 11 AM we will do a Wildfower Hike on the Lower Mountain. More details are available on our website.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Dog's View From Pali

This dog had a pretty nice view from the top of Pali today. Sometimes it is worth taking a moment to soak in the view and the vibe around this place. It is hard to be anything but happy when you get to spend time here. Look forward to seeing all of you soon, hopefully this Summer and definitely next Winter.

Friday, August 2, 2019

A-Basin Joins The Ikon Pass

As you know, back in February we announced that there would be some changes to make the skier experience at A-Basin even better. Over the last 15 years, Arapahoe Basin has expanded the ski area twice adding The Beavers and The Steep Gullies and Montezuma Bowl. We added Black Mountain Lodge, the Kids Center, Black Mountain Express and more, all to improve our guest experience. With these improvements we have seen substantial visitation growth and have, at times, had trouble maintaining the quality of experience that we aspire to. We realized, as many of you have, that changes were necessary.

Our focus has always been to provide extraordinary mountain experiences and we already have the terrain and staff to make that happen. Staying true to our guests, our employees, our business, our community and the environment, we searched for the best path forward for The Basin. We have targeted a substantial reduction in ski and snowboard visits on weekends and holidays next season to improve our ability to provide the services and experiences we are known for.

Today we are proud to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the Ikon Pass. Skiers and riders will have 7-day access with no blackout dates on the Ikon Pass, and 5-day access with selected blackout dates (Christmas holidays, Martin Luther King weekend, President’s weekend) on the Ikon Base Pass. These restrictions and blackout dates will make our already busy periods more manageable.

We know that many of our guests want a multi-resort pass. We believe this pass solution will provide the ideal access to Arapahoe Basin while joining a team of excellent resorts and providing us better control of our business. With this addition, we will only be part of two limited passes (Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass) and we will no longer be part of very low-priced multi-resort passes.

Lastly, as I look at the Ikon Pass partner destinations—Alta, Snowbird, Jackson, Big Sky, Revelstoke, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Aspen Snowmass, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain and more—I realize that most of my ski vacations have been to these resorts (Yes, I still go on ski vacations). We are pleased to partner with these destinations whose brands are so in sync with ours.

I am very excited for the next chapter in A-Basin’s history. The Ikon Pass will be a fantastic new partner. As skiers and riders, all of you will have even more exciting ways to enjoy The Basin. The new partnership is designed to preserve that culture and vibe we all love. Those of us who call Arapahoe Basin home will have that same great feeling upon arrival, except now … we will have a fair bit more “elbow room.”

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Alpine Open

We have our first Sanctioned Disc Golf Tournament this weekend.  There is still space to sign up.  I might not be the biggest Disc Golfer out there but our course is one of the best.   Please join us on Saturday and Sunday for the Alpine Open.  You will enjoy a great walk, a little competition, and just a great day at Arapahoe Basin.   Sign up today. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Argentine North Fork Trail Extension

Our Trail Crew has been hard a work building an extension to the Argentine North Fork Trail. None other than Joey Klein, IMBA Trail Solutions trail designer and builder extraordinaire, has been leading the charge.  He conducted a trail building school and is now out on the hill showing our crew how it is done.

Previously, hikers and riders had to travel up the water tank road a quarter mile to reach the trail head. Now the trail will start near Tower 1 of the Black Mountain Express and work its way up the hill and around Molly Hogan to the existing ANF Trail.  

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Thinking About Via Ferrata

We are gearing up to start building the Via Ferrata on the East Wall. Tony C and I spent Thursday afternoon out on the East Wall working on some basic logistics of the operation. This will be an extraordinarily fun adventure in an extraordinarily stunning setting. Via Ferratas are quite popular in Europe and a few of them are popping up in the US and Canada. If you are fairly fit, love climbing around and playing in the mountains and seek out rugged, exciting places, this could be for you. We are scheduled to open the Via Ferrata to the public in Summer 2020.

If you are not quite sure what I am talking about, check out the video of  Jackson Hole's Via Ferrata .

Saturday, July 20, 2019


We dodged the afternoon rain and had a fantastic Saturday. Chef Rybak was serving up the Low Country Boil. I had the shrimp and grits and an andouille sausage. Wood and Wire played some awesome Texas bluegrass. I enjoyed a good hike on the Argentine North Fork Trail. The first disc golfers of the season enjoyed the Front Nine. It is hot in Denver and busy in town. Perfect time to visit The Basin.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Front Nine Open

The Front Nine of the Arapahoe Basin Disc Golf course is open for the season. The Back Nine is still a bit wet. Hopefully we get that open soon. With all the gorgeous weather we are having, it is a great time to come up for a stroll and and to toss a few discs. As a reminder, Black Mountain Express is open Saturdays and Sundays. Arapahoe Sports and the 6th Alley Bar and Grill are open Friday thru Monday.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

It Is Summer Time

We are in full blown Summer. Denver is breaking records for high temperatures and  the weather at The Basin is just perfect. The Argentine / North Fork Trail is in fine shape. The Disc Golf Course is almost open (stay tuned for details soon). We have Yoga available Friday and Sunday. Sunday we will be also offering a guided wild flower hike. The chairlift runs Saturday and Sunday. The 6th Alley and Arapahoe Sports will be open Friday thru Monday. Come on up and enjoy the fun.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

North Fork Flowing High

Most people that ski North Fork don't realized that when the snow is gone, North Fork is quite a stream. We are halfway through July and it is still flowing at a very high level. Looking at it today, it is hard to realize we actually ski there in the winter time. Skied in conjunction with TB Glades, North Fork is definitely one of our favorite kid trails. I think it is pretty fun too.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Trail Run #1

Yesterday 31 runners took part in the Arapahoe Basin Trail Run #1. The course started in Mountain Goat Plaza and went up the Argentine North Trail to Black Mountain Lodge. From there they headed down the Summer Road to near the top of the Winter North Fork Trail. There, they turned on to the Lower Argentine North Fork Trail back to Mountain Goat Plaza completing a 3.8 mile course. Many of the runners headed to the 6th Alley to enjoy lunch and a beverage.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

64 Riders and Skiers

I think the experiment worked. 64 riders and skiers showed up to play in the park today. The remaining snow surface was pretty small and a little dirty, but that didn't stop these guys from having some fun. The snow and weather circumstances of this July allowed us to offer a couple extra park weekends. I am not sure we can do this every season, but we will try when the conditions all line up. Thanks to all that joined us.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Some Highway Problems Today

We had a beautiful Summer day up at The Basin. Unfortunately, there were highway closures that kept most people from getting here. The day was mostly a bust. We did have half a dozen intrepid skiers and riders that had the Terrain Park to themselves. Tonight's wedding attendees and participants are gearing up for a fun evening at Black Mountain Lodge..

So, some good news. There will be no highway closures Sunday. I hope a few more people will join us for one more day in the Terrain Park. Summer Trail Run #1 is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM. Yoga Sunday will happen at 11 AM on The Perch. We might see some afternoon showers so get here early.

The Low Country Boil has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 20.

I apologize for inconveniences caused by today's road closures.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Low Country Boil, Music and the Mountain

A new event, The Low Country Boil, is happening tomorrow, Saturday, July 13. Chef Rybak and crew will be serving up this Southeastern Coast feast. The menu includes shrimp, andouille sausage, cajun potatoes and buttered corn. Classic rock sounds will come from Yesterday's Tomorrow.

The snow is going fast. The place is greening up and the flowers are starting to show. The Argentine North Fork Trail is open for hiking. It is still a little too wet for bikes. Join us this weekend for a hike, a chairlift ride, some music, delectable treats and fun. Time to get out and enjoy the "other" season at The Basin.

Check out for details.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Planting 300 Trees

Today, staff from Arapahoe Basin and the US Forest Service planted 300  Engelmann Spruce seedlings. Working together, crews from the two organizations planted trees on the cut bank on the uphill side of the Lower Last Chance Parking Lot. While some natural regeneration has occurred, we wanted to see a little bit more. It will be fun to watch these trees grow over the coming years.