Monday, June 17, 2019

Another Great Weekend of Skiing

We just had another weekend of great skiing.  People are loving all of the great coverage on the upper mountain.  I love this time of year.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Michael Franti In Dillon

Saturday night was another reason we are all lucky to be able to spend time in the Colorado mountain communities. Michael Franti and Spearhead performed in the recently remodeled Dillon Amphitheater. It was a near perfect early Summer night (only one light down jacket required). The setting is about as idyllic as it gets. Lake Dillon is in the foreground, the Gore Range runs to the right and the Ten Mile Range runs to the left. The peaks are still deeply snow packed. The place was crawling with people having a great time. And the music was awesome.

The Basin re-opens tomorrow for another Friday, Saturday, Sunday stint. See you on the hill.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Working Runoff

The streams and rivers are flowing high. The Snake River is cranking and the Colorado River in Westwater Canyon on the Utah/Colorado border is flowing in the 30,000+ cubic feet per second range. While we still have a lot of snow on the ground, it is melting.

Our cat drivers are hard at work this week. The snowpack can act as a dam at times. Where water starts to pool up, the drivers are pushing snow around so water can drain properly into the streams instead of washing out the snow on our trails. They are also consolidating snow onto some of our most heavily used trails. This is called "working runoff."

We are going to be open for at least two more weekends. I am still looking for Lake Reveal.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

From Nordic Mountain Wisconsin

This past weekend some friends from Nordic Mountain Wisconsin came out to enjoy some summer skiing at The Basin. I think they managed to have a little bit of fun. Those Wisconsin guys always do. Hard not to.

Monday, June 10, 2019

This Year Compared To Last

For comparison, I took the top photo June 9, 2018. I took the bottom photo June 8, 2019.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

No Sign Of Lake Reveal

The snow is showing a little wear and tear down low. Most of the Front Side still has great coverage and is skiing well. I have spotted a little bit of moving water, but there is absolutely no sign of Lake Reveal.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

A Fine Summer Day

What a fine summer day. The sun was out. The sky was blue. The snow was soft. I took a few very nice runs first thing this morning. There were all kinds of mountain goats on Little Lenawee Peak. Chef Rybak and the Denver Beer Company were serving all kinds of goodies in the base area. People seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

And we are going to do it again tomorrow.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Colorado Ski Country Awards

I spent the last day and a half in Denver for our state trade association's, Colorado Ski Country USA, annual meeting. We had a variety of presentations and work group sessions on a wide range of topics including communications, news, climate change, artificial intelligence, safety, attracting skiers and parking. The meeting is always valuable and educational and it is always fun catching up with our peers from other resorts.

The highlight of the event is the closing reception and Double Diamond Award ceremony for top industry staff. We were honored to have two employees receive awards. Mary Corrigan was awarded the Food and Beverage Professional of the Year and Scott Bickel was awarded the  Ski Patroller of the Year. Congratulations to those two. We are very lucky to work with such fine people.

......And the skiing is especially good this morning.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Time To Go Skiing

Alright, we have all had a few day break. Time to get the skis and snowboards out again. We will be turning the Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain Express and Molly Hogan chairlifts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cat drivers tell me the snow is still in excellent condition. 

One of our Ski Patrol Supervisors took this photo of a mountain goat on the Summit this morning.  I think they are attracted to chairlifts.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Thoughts on Snowpack, Streamflow and Weather

Check out the top diagram prepared by Joel Gratz at Opensnow. There is a lot you can read into it. The snowpack is 290% of normal for June 2. It doesn't mean the snowpack is huge, it means it hasn't really started melting yet.

The second diagram from USGS shows our nearby Snake River is well below its long term median. Over the last few days, its flow is really starting to jump. Rising streamflows equals increased melting of the snowpack.

The last diagram is our NOAA forecast for the next few days. Each day we should see high temperatures in the upper 50's  (I suspect maybe higher). The Snake River flow will continue to rise and, before too long, will be well above its long term median.

I am ecstatic that Pali, Beavers and Zuma Lifts were all still open today, June 2. That is much later than I ever would have guessed. Looking at these diagrams, I think our timing for consolidating operations to 3 days a week with Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Lifts is pretty good.

See you Friday. I'll keep my eye out for Lake Reveal.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Summer Skiing - 3 Days A Week

After Sunday, June 2, Summer Skiing begins (I know it is not technically Summer, but it is Summer for us). We will be closed Monday thru Thursday and then will re-open for the long weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That pattern will continue through at least June 23. 

Many people have asked why we are closing those four days. We really try and match operations to business levels. While folks still skiing and riding are incredibly passionate about this sport, there are not quite as many of them still making turns in June. Many of our employees are moving on to their Summer jobs. With fewer visitors in Summer, we have found that by consolidating our business into those three days it works out better for both the business and the employees. I certainly appreciate that many of you wish we were skiing seven days a week.

During the closed days, our snowcat crew will be quite busy. We anticipate water to really start flowing in places. The snowcats will be opening water bars and managing the snow. We will have the snow very torn up for a few days and then will put it back together again by Friday.

As a result, uphill access will be closed Monday through Thursday. If conditions are still good, uphill access will re-open Friday.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Can't Believe It

It is May 31st. I can't believe how great the place looks.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Skiing Powder In Marmot

We reported 4 inches again today. It was a very deep 4 inches. I was out skiing just after first chair. Even though today is May 30, the snow was the lightest, driest powder. On my tour I zeroed in on Marmot. From the top I made a few turns then cut left into the eastern side of Beaver Bowl (aka Snakepit). The texture was picture. I did not feel a crunch at all. Nothing but softness underfoot. It was as good or better as any mid winter skiing. It blew me away and I went back for a few more. By late morning, the sun had heated the snow up and we were back to spring conditions. Those first two hours today...............perfection.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

At Least June 23

We reported 4 inches of new snow today. It is snowing right now. The forecast shows 2-6 inches of snow for today and tonight. The morning stuff has softened. The skiing is awesome.

We will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through AT LEAST JUNE 23. Right now it would be foolish of me to talk about being open the 4th of July. Absolutely foolish. But..........we will be open through at least June 23. At least June 23.

76 inch base today.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Old Dogs and Young Foxes

You never know who you are going to run into at The Basin this time of year.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

June 16

When you can hike both North Pole and Willie's Wide May 24 and ski powder, you know we are having a good spring. That is what Kay and I did this morning.

The weather has been so ideal the last few weeks, we will easily stay open for another long weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  June 14, 15 and 16. Runoff hasn't even begun yet. The skiing and riding is fantastic. The forecast next week isn't exactly scorching. We may even go longer.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Important information for our guests

 This is less than great news, but I want to be open and honest. Six cases of mumps have been identified among people associated with or employed by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

State and county public health officials think there is minimal risk to people who had interaction with the ski area and there is currently no known spread into the larger community.

The health and safety of our guests and employees is of the highest importance. We communicated with our staff and Summit County Public Health as soon as we found out about it. We have followed all of their recommendations on appropriate actions to take.

We are extremely grateful to state and county public health officials for their help and guidance and will continue to fully coordinate and cooperate with them.

We appreciate your support. You can get more information from Summit County Public Health by clicking here to read their press release

Festival of the Brewpubs

One of the most fun events of this year is this Sunday. There are 16 breweries coming for Festival of the Brewpubs.   Mugs are only $35 and you can try all the beer you want 12-4 this Sunday.  There will be live music from The Jauntee from 1-4.  As I have mentioned the skiing is amazing so grab your friends take a few runs and then head down to Mountain Goat Plaza for some beers, live music and just a good time.  Follow the link to purchase mugs.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

And It Is Still Snowing

It snowed off and on all day long. As I left this afternoon, it was still snowing and as I sit at home at dusk this evening, it is snowing heavily again. Tomorrow we should be skiing at least a few more new inches again.  This is a very nice May.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Is this the end of May?

It is May 22nd and it looks like January.  Most of the Terrain that had previously closed has now reopened. I am not sure how long it will stay open but it is phenomenal now! I hope you get to enjoy this treat.   

Monday, May 20, 2019

It has Begun

The snow started late this morning and is still coming down.    It looks like Tuesday or Wednesday would be a good day to call in ”sick.” 

A Bit More Snow

We had a bit more snow last night. Weather wise, things should start really picking up today. If the forecast holds true, we are in for some exceptional late May powder skiing the next few days. Go dig those skis out of the garage.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bock Fest Was Fun

It wasn't exactly ideal weather for standing outside drinking beer, but folks still managed to have some fun. The food, the beer and the music......... all outstanding. The Alpen (Alp) Horn was the biggest hit. I think it was a great way to kick off ANOTHER snowy week at The Basin. Plan on some very good skiing. Don't hang them up yet.

It's Coming Back

The terrain is coming back. With the cooler temps and a little bit of snow, we have re-opened some terrain. Pali and North Glade are open. MGD is open. North Pole and Willie's are open. Right now the bigger snow seems likely Monday, Monday night, Tuesday. It will be a good week of skiing.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

It's Cold, It's Snowing

There are those who don't like snowy, cold weather in mid to late May. Shame on them. As forecast, the temps have cooled off. It has been snowing lightly, with a few stronger bursts, all day. I just spent a few hours on the hill. With each lift ride, the snow was better and better. The Lower East Wall has re-opened. We should see continued unsettled weather with possibly the biggest snow Monday and Monday night. I look forward to a May 21 powder day.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Warm Temps, Cold Temps, Transition

The skiing has been great this week and it has been warm. Much of the steep terrain is now closed. Water has started moving through the snowpack. To avoid wet avalanches, we close terrain during these conditions. It is May 17th. Normally, I would say this terrain is closed for the season. Right now, I am not quite sure that is the case. The next week is forecast to be pretty cold with highs in the 30's and lows in the teens or 20's. We might even see some snow. The green, blue and some of the black terrain remains in excellent shape. We shall see what conditions bring this week.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Beaver Bowl

Beaver Bowl looks pretty good today. Coverage is still outstanding and the skiing and riding is mighty fine.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

June 9 - At Least

All along our plan has been to stay open 7 days a week through June 2. If conditions are still good June 2 and there is plenty of snow, we will stay open longer. Well, conditions now are incredible and we feel good about staying open longer than June 2. 

We will re-open for at least one extra weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  June 7, 8 and 9. AT LEAST ONE MORE WEEKEND.

And by the way, no sign of Lake Reveal yet.

Bock Fest - Sunday May 19

Put Sunday, May 19 on the calendar. We have a new festival, Bock Fest. This is a traditional German festival celebrating the coming of Spring. Enjoy Bock beer and German food. "The RhineLanders", with their alpen horn, accordion and trumpet will guarantee some fun. Bring your skis for the morning and your lederhosen for the afternoon. Don't miss this one.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Saturday Swimwear Day

What a beautiful ski day Saturday. Coverage on the hill continues to be extraordinary. The skiing and riding superb. There were a lot of quality swim and beach outfits on the hill despite a few snow flurries. The Shaking at The Basin Spring Concert was "ATOMGA". Everyone was dancing.