Monday, February 26, 2024

Fireman's Relay

We hosted the Fireman's Relay on Friday. This is a tough event to explain. Five fire fighters ski through a race course with each of them holding a 50' water hose. It doesn't sound that exciting until you watch it. To avoid getting whipped, the guy in the back needs to pay attention. The teams are hilarious. Not only are they having a great time, but last year they raised $25,000 for the "Colorado Children's Hospital Burn Camp." Kudos to this crew.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Independence Mountain

Skiing down the lower section of Larkspur, there is a stunning view of Independence Mountain (12,614'). This is such a nice spot to cruise down the groomer and soak in the view.


 

Lenawee Parks

The grooming by snowcats and the grooming by the wind is favoring Lenawee Parks. When the kind wind blows, the snow feels and skis so smooth, like velvet


 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

That Kind Of Day

And the skiing was also incredible.

I suggest paying attention to the weather forecast for early next week.


 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Premium Mountain Tour

I wish I was able to just ski all day. Usually I go out for an hour or two and try and visit as many zones of the mountain as I can. Today I linked together a series of spectacular runs.

A close family friend from the freestyle days was visiting from BC. She had never skied the Steep Gullies. We started our ski with a beautiful run in the 4th Steep Gully followed by a nice hike back to Pali Lift. We enjoyed the grooming on Davis followed by a ski down Upper Loafer and into Bighorn. That was followed by a spin down Cornice Run (best run for views) and West Wall. After a ride on LenX and the Lazy J, we did the mini hike and skied Long Chute followed by some powder turns on the East Wall and a nice cruise down Wrangler/Sundance. That was a premium mountain tour and there wasn't a bad turn.

The goggle reflections are the best part of this photo.


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

East Wall Open

The East Wall opened today for the first time this season. Tony C and I slipped out there for a quick lap. Actually, it turned out to be three laps and they were all awesome. Today it was open below the traverse and south of the hot cold closure. We mostly skied in the zone below Willie's Wide. Seasoned A-Basin skiers know that The Wall is always a work in progress. With each storm, it will get better and better and bigger and bigger. Before too long the hiking routes will open up. We are at the very beginning of East Wall season, a truly unique Arapahoe Basin experience.



Tuesday, February 20, 2024

More East Wall

Yesterday the patrollers were making all kinds of noise out on The wall. They travelled out the East Wall Traverse deploying explosives all the way to the Y Chutes. While maybe a little thin up high, the lower and mid elevation coverage is looking pretty darn good.



 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Steep Gullies

I have been a little busy the last few months and I missed the Steep Gullies opening. Today Kay and I slipped out there for a couple of fantastic runs. The snow and the weather was superb. These images of the 4th Steep Gully show what a stellar day it was. Riding Pali Lift, working our way to the 4th Steep Gully gate, dropping into such rugged and beautiful terrain and hiking back to the bottom of Pali is a one of a kind experience. For the right person, this is hard to beat. The hike isn't getting any shorter.