Friday, July 3, 2020

ARAPAHOE BASIN - A Colorado Legend Since 1946

Our new book, ARAPAHOE BASIN - A Colorado Legend Since 1946, is now available online and at Arapahoe Sports. It is loaded with great photos and stories from the ski area's founding all the way to today. Drawing on information from Larry Jump's archives, ski area records, personal interviews and magazine and newspaper articles, author Cathleen Norman has created a beautiful book diving deep into Arapahoe Basin history.  I think members of the Arapahoe Basin clan will enjoy this read.

For more details go to, Arapahoe Basin History

Alpine Flowers

The alpine flowers are really starting to blossom.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Open For Summer

We are open for Summer four days a weeks, Thursday thru Sunday. Come up for a chairlift ride on Black Mountain Express. Grab lunch at the 6th Alley or (Saturdays and Sundays only) BBQ at Black Mountain Lodge. Arapahoe Sports is open with all their groovy goods. And, once the commissioning process is complete, give the Aerial Adventure Park a try.

The Disc Golf Course and our trails are open seven days a week.

COVID-19 has created some crazy weird times. Summer at The Basin is a great place to get away, keep your distance from others and soak in these awesome mountains.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Forms Are Stripped

The forms have been pulled off the foundations at the top of Molly Hogan. There is a lot of concrete that goes with these lifts. Most of that concrete our guests never see. In a few days, these foundations will be back-filled. The shape at the top is going to change a bit. The actual unload point will be a little further downhill although the elevation of unload will remain the same. The unload ramp and milling area will be bigger as a result, giving people a little more room. A little more room is good for someone learning how to ride.

Monday, June 29, 2020

No Pali Lift

We are in that window when the old Pali Lift is gone and the new Pali Lift hasn't been installed. For those under Pali's spell, it is kind of a weird look.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Aerial Adventure Park Update

The Aerial Adventure Park is nearing completion. The contractor's crew is finishing the very last of their work. We will spend the next 2-3 weeks going through rigorous engineering inspections and regulatory commissioning with the Forest Service and the State of Colorado.  Once completed, our staff will go through a comprehensive training program. I have walked through the park a few times over the last couple of days. It is going to be fun. We anticipate a mid-July opening.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

New Pali Carriers

What we all commonly call the "chair" is called the "carrier" in technical lift jargon. All the parts and pieces of the new Pali carriers have arrived at The Basin. The Leitner Poma crew has begun putting them together. The chairs and the towers will have a galvanized finish. Many of us have become accustomed to the old towers and chairs that had been painted black. Very few lifts are installed these days with a painted surface. Over Pallavacini's lifetime, we painted the lift 5 or 6 times. In the years leading up to a re-paint, the surfaces often looked kind of beat. The painting was expensive, a real pain in the neck and short lived. These new towers and chairs will never have to be resurfaced in their estimated 30-50 year life span.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Concrete - New Molly Hogan

The new Molly Hogan quad chairlift construction is well under way. The lift is a fixed quad so instructors can ride the lift with more than one student. The motor room or drive terminal will be at the top of the lift and there will be two towers. The concrete foundations for Tower 2 and the top terminal have been poured.

And, I am back from the river. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Snowy June 9

David, thank you for the Flaming A on this very snowy June 9.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Thank You

It was a good closing day. Considering conditions, I think today was the right day to shut her down. The skiers enjoyed the sunshine (The weather yesterday was a little rough). The mountain goats kept an eye on everyone from their perch on Little Lenawee Peak. The Ski Patrol just got off the hill. A few stragglers are finishing their lunch and a beverage out on the deck.

The times have been weird. Thanks to all of you that stuck with us. It has been one for the record books. I am looking forward to a good summer. Enjoy and savor the summer. It will be October before we know it.

There is so much for us to talk about. Peace and thank you.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Good Karma

Many of you have skied since the re-opening. Some of you have not. I have a voluntary suggestion that gets you nothing except good karma. For the last drawing this evening (which is to ski Sunday), if you have already skied a day since the re-opening, don't enter the drawing. Give the folks that haven't skied a better chance of being selected. My request is purely voluntary. Again, you get nothing out of this, except helping some of your unlucky A-Basin brothers and sisters. We are all trying to get through this crazy period together.  And it would be very Good Karma.

Summit Sunset

Beautiful sunset last night

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Closing Day - Sunday, June 7

The last day of the ski season will be Sunday, June 7. Every season, no matter how hard we try and stop it, the snow still melts. The cat drivers push and pile it for months on end. Even so, the snow still melts. We think Sunday is a good day to close out the season. The snow is almost gone.

No doubt this has been an extremely trying and difficult season for all of us. While glad we squeezed an additional 12 days in before the final snow-melt, I know each of us wanted so much more skiing. I am so bummed that not everyone had a chance to ski.  This season has been unprecedented.

Thank you for your tremendous support. Thank you for helping us get through this worldwide pandemic. Thank you for being part of The Basin. I hope to see you on the hill this summer and again next winter.


Lake Reveal

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

$10 Pali Chair

Monday, we began our efforts to sell off 100 Pali Chairs. Interest has been high and we are off to a great start there.

Several of you suggested we sell at least one chair for a very low price. We thought that was a great idea. So.......we are going to do one more drawing for a Pali Chair. It will be $20 to enter. One lucky person is going to get a Pali Chair for $10 (plus the $20 entry fee). That drawing is open through June 10.

To enter the drawing, go to:  $10 Pali Chair

Friday, May 29, 2020

"Drawing" Adjustments

We have identified some issues with the "Drawing" and have made some adjustments. This evening, when you enter the "Drawing", PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. Thanks.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thank You Jeff and Family

Jeff and his family hit the jackpot being the top bidder in our first Pali Chair auction. They picked up a gently used 1978 Lift Engineering double chair from the Pallavicini Chairlift for $16,000.  All proceeds go to local charitable organizations. I am sure the Summit Foundation, The FIRC and the Community Care Clinic will put the money to very good use. Thank you so much.

We still have three more chairs to auction. Tentatively, there will be one more online auction and two live auctions at times still to be determined.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Re-Opening Day

It was great to be on the hill today.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Drawing For Thursday

The drawing for skiing and riding Thursday is underway this evening until 9 PM. To enter the drawing, go to Arapahoe Basin Drawing .

Starting Wednesday night, we will be doing the drawing from 7:00 - 9:00 PM for skiing two days later. So, Wednesday night's drawing will be for skiing Friday.

Drawing Underway

We have a drawing underway to give 600 people access to skiing and riding at The Basin tomorrow. Many of you suggested we do a lottery type system over our first effort at reservations. We took you up on it. Until 5 PM today we are accepting names for the drawing. Soon after 5 PM, we will randomly draw people from the group for a Wednesday ski. For all the details and to enter the drawing go to Arapahoe Basin Drawing. Details on drawings for future ski days will follow later.

Sorry About The Crash

I took this photo about 3:30 yesterday from Black Mountain Lodge deck. The Upper Mountain looks great. The skiing will be especially fun up there.

We had a big system crash yesterday. I am sorry about that. We will be ready for tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details.

COVID Era Staff Meeting

Monday, May 25, 2020

Chair Auction - One More Hour

There is just over an hour left in the Pali Chair auction. Current bid is at $10,500. The auction closes at 5 PM this afternoon. Remember all proceeds from this auction go to three really outstanding Summit County charitable organizations. If you are Pali aficionado and a Summit County focused philanthropist, this a golden opportunity for you. Or maybe you just really want a Pali chair 👍

A Few More Things

The re-opening is new ground for us in terms of policies and procedures. We have already learned a few things since the announcement yesterday. As we work through the coming weeks, our summer season and the next ski season, we will be learning and growing every single day. Our business and products can be fairly complicated. A few things to clarify already are:

-We will not be selling any additional passes, including uphill passes, valid for the 2019-20 season.

-Our daily total number of reservations will be for 600 skiers and riders. 30 of those reservations will for lift ticket sales. The other 570 reservations will be for the various pass holders. One of our biggest objectives is to offer skiing and riding for folks that already have a pass valid at The Basin.

-We are only taking reservations online. No phone reservations. People with reservations will have to show up with a reservation confirmation. We recommend paper, but we will accept mobile confirmations. Remember cell service is not that great at The Basin. You will have to show a reservation confirmation.

-Reservations will made one day at a time. Reservations for a specific day will be available be at 7 PM MT two nights before that specific day.

I am sure there will be more questions and there will probably be some more changes.

For details, go to A-Basin Re-Opens

Sunday, May 24, 2020

We Are Re-Opening - Wednesday, May 27

It is official. We are going to re-open Wednesday, May 27. As I mentioned a couple days ago, we will sell a very small number of lift tickets. Mostly this opening is for all of our pass holders. That includes A-Basin season passes, Any Day Passes, Ikon Passes and Mountain Collective Passes. We will be open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM.

This is going to be very different.

1. Reservations are required. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION.

2. Physical distancing will be enforced and guests must wear face coverings in designated areas.

3. Tailgating and other gatherings will not be allowed.

We have been given an extraordinary opportunity. We need to take this very seriously and we need to respect the guidance given by our Summit County and State of Colorado health officials. We have to open in a responsible way. We need everyone to help. 

Go to our website for all the details. A-Basin To Re-Open

Oh yeah, beginning Wednesday afternoon Uphill Access will be open for Uphill Pass holders from 4 PM until 8 AM. Users must be off the hill by 8 AM.

I am so excited we can offer the "A-Basin Tribe" a chance to ski and ride again this season. This will be cool.

Friday, May 22, 2020

If We Can Re-Open.............

We have not stopped trying to re-open. We think doing so would be awesome for Colorado, Summit County, Arapahoe Basin, our guests and, especially, our employees. There has been some encouraging news about the possibility. Let's hope that we get positive news soon.

If we do get a chance to re-open, all of our guests need to have realistic expectations. This potential re-opening will be different from anything you have ever experienced at Arapahoe Basin. To stay open, we will need the help, support and cooperation of every single guest. We are all in this together. If we get the chance to re-open you can expect:

1.  Skier numbers will be limited. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION. We will sell a very small number of lift tickets. The vast majority of the available space will be for pass holders. Not everyone will get the chance to ski every day.

2.  Tailgating and social gatherings will be prohibited. We can party next season. The re-opening is all about giving people a chance to ski and ride.

3.  Physical distancing will be strictly enforced. You will be required to wear a face mask in the base area, in the lift line, in restrooms and other places.

Again, we are doing our best to get the chance to re-open. If we get the chance, we all need to conduct ourselves in a responsible way to continue to stay open.

Pali Chair Auction

The first Pali Chair Auction is going strong. All proceeds from this sale will be split between three local non-profits, The Summit Foundation, Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) and the Summit County Community Care Clinic. You can find the auction at Pali Chair Auction. Get your bid in before the auction ends at 5 PM MT on Monday.

Details on these charitable organizations can be found at:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Timberline Lodge, Oregon

Timberline Lodge in Oregon re-opened for skiing and riding last Friday. Josh Malczyk, of Freeskier Magazine, wrote a very nice article, with excellent photos, of re-opening day.

Monday, May 18, 2020

From The Divide

Brandon Eby took this photo of The Basin from The Divide yesterday.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Dragging Towers

The Leitner Poma crew dropped the Molly Hogan towers today. Using a snowcat, we pulled them to the parking lot. We will cut the big pieces into small pieces and send them to Denver for recycling. Just about all of the lift will be recycled.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Selling Pali Chairs

Pallavicini Chairlift (Pali) is the Black Jewel of Arapahoe Basin. Installed by Lift Engineering (YAN) in 1978, Pali will be removed in June 2020 and replaced with a brand new Leitner Poma double chairlift, ready for the 2020-21 season. 

The actual chairs or carriers are a hot commodity. We had a great plan and schedule to sell the Pali chairs this spring. The COVID-19 closure changed all of that. We are going to kick start that program again this month.

We are going to take four of the chairs and auction them off, raising money for good causes. Proceeds from three of those auctions will be split with three local non-profits, The Summit Foundation, The Community Care Clinic and The Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). The fourth chair's auction will benefit a couple of our employees with medical needs.

The first auction will occur on eBay from May 18-25. Again, all the proceeds will be split with the three non-profits above. Later in the summer and fall, we will announce the other three auctions. Being the top bidder is one way to guarantee you will get a Pali chair.

On top of the auctions, we will be selling another 100 Pali chairs. Thousands of people are interested in these 100 chairs. When finished, 100 people may love us and a few thousand may be a little sad. For a chance to purchase one of these chairs, you can buy a $50 ticket to enter a drawing. A portion of that $50 goes to the Summit County Care Emergency Fund. Tickets will be available June 1-22. On June 24, we will randomly draw the names of 100 lucky people who can purchase a chair for $2500.

For auction and sales details, go to Pali Chair Info

For email updates, sign up at  Pali Chair Email

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Molly Hogan Demolition

The Molly Hogan demolition and removal has begun. Our crew has removed all the chairs, the wire rope, the lift shacks and the auxiliary motor room. In the coming days, the Leitner Poma team will remove the towers and the terminals.

We have not touched Pali yet. Like many of you, I still hope to get another ride.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Herd of Bighorns

Driving home from The Basin yesterday I encountered a herd of bighorn sheep about a mile below the ski area. Like clockwork, they show up in this same area every spring. A mile below this point, a moose ran across the road in front of me as I was driving to work Monday morning. They are reminding me to slow down a little bit when I am driving. It is spring time and the animals are on the move.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Pushing Snow Around

The Snowcat Operators are pushing some snow around on the hill. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. One reason is to help with runoff. When the snow starts really melting, we need the water to go to the right places. We are opening up water bars in that effort. The second reason is trying to keep snow where we need it in case we get the chance to re-open. Our next best chance of re-opening is late May. Keep your masks on and stay away from each other.

Monday, May 11, 2020

One Year Ago

Jose Gutierrez shared this photo of the two us one year ago.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Spring Snow

The snow certainly has the look and feel of Spring. There is no sign of Lake Reveal.

Saturday, May 9, 2020