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.



22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The chance of reopening has moved from the 23rd and is now after the 25th, which is just in time to pass the long weekend, seems like the clock is being run out. Lucy is yanking the football again.

GMWhiteman said...

Lately every weekend is a ‘long weekend’ and this just gives the folks at A-Basin more time to prepare an effective plan for how to reopen safely and make the mountain ready for the traffic. However, I agree Lucy should be replaced as the ball holder! (Literally)

Anonymous said...

Before COVID 19, every fall & early winter people would deal with the common cold and flu. Going forward, at least through 2021, it will not be immediately clear if a person has the common cold and old fashion flu or if it is the COVID 19 business.

This past season COVID 19 was not noticed here in Colorado till March. Generally cold and flu don’t peak in March but they are on the down trend.

2020-2021 season will have challenges for the ski industry as not seen before. Vail Resorts and other “mega” ski companies here and overseas should be racking their brains now. They need to come up with a comprehensive plan now. Addressing everything from the parking, lift lines, chair lift rides, bars, restaurants and …. Then independently owned areas like Loveland and Telluride can follow or as others have predicted governing bodies will shut it down before the first of the year.

Worst case scenario it won’t be as bad as working indoors in a hospital. If doctors/nurses can wear full size face shields and do their jobs then skiers could do the same. The face shield type goggles were popular for a short time in mid 70’s.

If I have a choice between wearing a full size face shield and skiing vs not, I will do the shield.

. said...

Huh? Get tested.

Anonymous said...

Does our future one term governor's order include uphill access?

Anonymous said...

Your choice: wear a face mask or wear a ventilator.

Anonymous said...

Best news of the month!

Anonymous said...

Serious question here: if the plan is to try to re-open if the governor gives the go-ahead order after May 25th, then what is the actual plan? Are there employees on standby, mountain operations ready to go, etc.? Have plexiglass barriers been ordered and secured in case we do get the good news? I would hate to get a green light from our governor, and then have to scramble to get things ready.

Ski the basin said...

I’m sure Al and the team will have things ready as soon as they get the go ahead. At the beginning of the year he and his team opened the mountain in a matter of hours to assure they would be the first to open. Rest easy... they have a plan and can execute it at a high level!! In the mean time stay safe and hope for the best in regards to skiing again this year!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your hard work Al. You are a true Legend in the Colorado Ski Industry and a big part of what makes A Basin so special.

Anonymous said...

Doctors and nurses are also wearing Surgical N95 masks under their face shields. I just about run out of breath going up two flights of stairs with one on. Can’t imagine what it would be like trying to ski with one on at 12,000ft.

Anonymous said...

Ditto! Lb

Southern Skier said...

This year is toast, folks. Whenever you hear the word "safe", substitute the word "control" and then you will understand what is happening. NOT keeping you safe, keeping you controlled! Remember, when this shut down started it was about not overwhelming the hospitals and keeping ICU's and ventilators available. We successfully crossed that thresh hold about 4 weeks ago. Just move the goalposts and keep control!
100,000 deaths in a much smaller USA population in 1968/1969 from Hong Kong flu- no shut down, no economic collapse, Woodstock festival took place summer 1969. How weak and easily scared our population has become in the last 50 years!

Andrew said...

Where's the choice. The ski area is closed.

Olga said...

Thank you for voicing it.

Unknown said...

Thank you Southern Skier

Anonymous said...

Ski to die !!
Corona 19 dont ski. But i do !!

Anonymous said...

Southern Skier yes, we "flattened the curve" and avoided overwhelming our healthcare systems FOR NOW. Many people will still get infected (and some very sick) over the coming weeks and months, and if we don't continue to limit physical interactions, that curve can go right back up and we can still overwhelm the hospital ICUs. It's not about being scared; it's about being realistic as to the science and the danger.

That being said, I'm sure Al is working on a plan and I am still holding out hope for a few bonus ski days later this month or early next. I have no idea how they'd pull it off without the place being over-run, but I sure hope they get a chance to try.

Anonymous said...

Snowbird threw in the towel today Al...time to start thinking along the same lines...Snowbird specifically cited that they would not be able to control the crowds and you know you are going to be inundated with people if you re-open. I think you guys are in a fantasy world.

A.R. said...

6 feet of social distance between everybody in a lift line? Only two people on a quad lift at a time to keep social distance? I'm just wondering about scenarios if Abay reopens and it seems like more trouble than it's worth. I'd be happy to use my last 2 days on my Elevation pass next season.

Unknown said...

I messaged Corey about helping any way I could but I am not optimistic that blue states are going to loosen up in time to get any more good out of my season pass this year

Anonymous said...

Holding out hope!