Sunday, September 15, 2019

A-Basin Guitar Tattoo

I saw all kinds of cool things at Oktoberfest including this A-Basin, reflection in a lake, guitar tattoo. Pretty cool.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Oktoberfest

We scored. The day was perfect. The food was great. The Austrian Guys were awesome. A gorgeous day in the mountain, high spirits and German beer, food and music............. you can't go wrong. The day was a treat.







Friday, September 13, 2019

Wildlife Safe Passages

Louis and I went on a very interesting field trip today up on Vail Pass. It was led by a consortium of people known as Summit County Safe Passages. Staff from USFS, CDOT, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, A-Basin, Summit County, Eagle County, Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild attended. The group's mission is "Making Summit County Roads Safer for Wildlife and People."

Much like was done to Highway 9 north of Silverthorne, this group is looking for ways, like wildlife underpasses and overpasses, to reduce vehicle/wildlife collisions and improve wildlife habitat and connectivity. Both sides of the I-70 are rich with just about every kind of wildlife (elk, deer, moose, mountain lions, black bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, etc.) found in the Colorado mountains. 

The project is currently in its early design phase. It will likely take several years to fully complete the design, secure the funding and build the structures. Locally, we will be hearing more and more about Safe Passages in the coming weeks, months and years. 

To learn more about the organization and to learn how to help and support Summit County Safe Passages go to:





Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Touch of Snow - Reminder

We had another touch of snow last night. These late August and September dustings remind us winter is around the corner. It is just about mid-September and we will be open in October. The snow guns are on the hill. We need to button up those Summer projects and keep our eyes on the thermometer.

We will be closing out the Summer with Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 14. Join us for the day with Those Austrian Guys, FREE Chairlift Rides, Knockwurst, Schnitzel, German beer and more. Find details on the website.




Monday, September 9, 2019

Less Than A Mile From The Basin

Today was a beautiful late Summer / Early Fall kind of day. We went for a nice hike wandering around the back side of the East Wall. Ideal weather, stunning scenery, 14,000' peaks all just over the ridge from The Basin.


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Miami Beach

A very fun line that you won't find on a trail map.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Snowmaking Reservoir

The snowmaking reservoir is full !!!


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tower Gun Standing

The Sundance gun is standing. After a little bit of wiring, it will be ready to go by week's end.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New A-Frame Bathrooms

We are completely overhauling the A-Frame bathrooms this summer. We had a few plumbing and venting issues in there. This is a complete overhaul. We ripped out all the pipes, flooring, stalls, insulation, fixtures and most of the drywall. Almost everything will be new (and fresh smelling) including low flow sinks and urinals. Exciting stuff  - I know.



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Via Ferrata Trail

To access the Via Ferrata our Summer Trail Crew is building a trail through the talus to the base of the cliffs between North Pole and Willy's Wide. They have built what is almost described as a stone staircase. It is very cool and barely visible. When finished, a very tricky scramble will become a very nice walk. It blends in so well, most people will never notice it.



Monday, September 2, 2019

Fan Guns On The Hill

Happy September. Most of the fan guns are out on High Noon. In the coming weeks, the snowmakers will be setting up hydrants, hoses and power cords. They have already done their annual maintenance on the equipment and will begin doing the Fall testing of pipelines, fan guns and electrical circuits.

Then they wait for cold temperatures.....................


Sunday, September 1, 2019

A-Basin IMBA Bike Video

Check out this video.

A-Basin IMBA Bike Video


Aerial Adventure Park Construction

Our friends from Adventure Development have been working on our Aerial Adventure Park. It is in the tree islands just above the base area between Ramrod and Black Mountain Express and between Ramrod and High Noon. So far several platforms have been built. In the coming weeks, they will finish the platforms and connect them to each other with all kinds of groovy climbing features. Our Park will open in the Summer 2020. 

If you are unclear what an aerial adventure park is (or just want to watch a fun video), check out the link below from Sandy Spring, MD.