Friday, April 9, 2021


The Arapahoe Basin Enduro is coming up this Wednesday, April 14. 35 teams of two will ski designated laps on Pali for 10 hours. For a few, there are bragging rights involved to ski the most runs. For everyone else it is a fantastic day of friendship and comradery, enjoying the Pali Chair and terrain. When I was younger, I did it five times with my son. For me, the post event always involved a lot of ice and ibuprofen. But, we had a blast.

In addition to the skiing, the event is a major fundraiser for a local cause. This year all the proceeds will go to A-Basin Snowcat Operator Scott Buell. He had a stroke in December. While he is back at work, funds raised will help him defray medical costs.

Chef Rybak will be hosting a small 6th Alley Dinner Wednesday night with tuna poke, grilled wagyu sirloin and chocolate lava cake. Space is still available. From Monday through Friday there will be a virtual silent auction for the fundraiser. There will all kinds goodies for auction including a couple of Pallavicini trail signs.

All and all, this is a really fun event and it is for a great cause. To sign up for dinner or to learn more go to:

A-Basin Enduro

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

I am sure many of you know our Snowsports Instructor Extraordinaire, Tim Stroh. Recently, Tim shared these two photos of his mother, Carla Higbie, enjoying Easter Sunday, April 6, 1958 at Arapahoe Basin. She looks beautiful in her very snazzy Easter bonnet. Looking back 63 years, the East Wall looks very much the same. Sundance and High Noon are recognizable, but they have morphed a bit over time. I think I understand the origins of Tim's passion for skiing. What a great story these photos tell. I love it.

Tim Stroh at the same place April 2, 2021.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Zuma Lift

At The Basin, Spring Skiing comes to Montezuma Bowl first. Larkspur and Columbine are awesome groomers. Long Chute is occasionally groomed and fun in the Spring whether groomed or not. Moving progressively to the W/SW skiers can enjoy the slush bumps in MGD and West Zuma. That Zuma Lift is a good ride.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Hanging Out With Friends

Hanging out with your friends at A-Basin. Doing a little snowboarding. Soaking in the big view. Not a bad day. Actually, to me it is a perfect day - although I am not much of snowboarder. I'd be skiing.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Spring Time

After we closed yesterday I skinned up the hill. The place was pure perfection. We are in for a few bluebird days. March has been a good month with 51 inches of snow. We have flirted with Spring, but it hasn't really, really sprung yet - until today. We are expecting temps near 40 today. Today is gorgeous. Spring has arrived.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Surprise Powder Day

It is always fun to beat the snow forecast. We reported 5" of new snow this morning and showers continued for several hours. The sun even came out for a bit. The skiing was superb. I hung around the bottom of Pali for a while and people were enjoying the heck out of the snow. After the Ski Patrol completed some avalanche work, there was an excellent session out on The Wall.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Season Passes

So, we are headed into some old and some new ground next season. What is old ground is that we are willing to make significant operating changes that will improve the skiing and riding experience. What is new ground is that we are going limit season pass sales and we are going to require that all lift tickets be purchased in advance and online and the daily number of tickets sold will be limited. 

For this COVID season we limited season pass sales and sold out of passes in November. For the 2021-22 season we are actually going to sell 10% fewer unrestricted passes than we did during the COVID season. We announced this change and started selling season passes March 12. As of today, we have sold 36% of our unrestricted season pass inventory. Passes are selling at a much faster rate than I expected. On April 16 we plan on raising the price of an “Adult Unrestricted Season Pass” from $519 to $599. The renewal rate for 2020-21 Season Pass holders is valid only thru April 15 or while supplies last. 

I have very high confidence that we are going to sell out of the unrestricted passes. I just don’t know when that is going to happen. It is very possible that we sell out before the April 16 price increase. This post may seem like a pushy sales pitch. That is not the intention. It is a transparent effort is to let you know that unrestricted pass sales are limited and we are running out fast. If you want to buy an Arapahoe Basin unrestricted season pass, you should buy it now. 

Our neighbors have announced a plan to drastically cut season pass prices in an effort to sell more passes. We are pricing and limiting our season pass inventory in order to sell fewer passes. Depending on what factors are important to your season pass purchase (price, the mountain itself, the skiing experience, the culture, the vibe, etc), your choices for purchase have never been more clear.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Snorkel Door

The picture says it all.