Friday, January 28, 2022

More New Webcams

John, our IT Director, just got two brand webcams up and running at Black Mountain Lodge and at Il Rifugio. Check them out at New Webcams


You may think I am sounding like a broken record, but we had a couple plus inches of snow this week and the forecast this weekend is, again, nearly perfect - bluebird skies with highs in the 20s. The snow surface is ideal. I just spent an hour skiing and enjoying that ideal snow surface with some old A-Basin friends that lived in Summit County 30-40 years ago. We had a ball. 

Looks like we are in for another brilliant, brilliant Saturday and Sunday. Have I mentioned we limit season pass and lift ticket sales?



Monday, January 24, 2022

BCA Beacon Park

We are very lucky to have a BCA (Backcountry Access) Beacon Park over near the bottom of Lenawee Lift.  In the Park, avalanche rescue beacons are buried in the snow. Backcountry users need to be very skilled with the use of their beacons and the park provides them an excellent opportunity to practice their craft. BCA has been on the forefront of avalanche equipment and education since their founding in the 90's. Kudos to them for having a park at A-Basin. Check out their video.

Beacon Park




Sunday, January 23, 2022

Good Weekend

As I wander around the ski area, I have many encounters with skiers and riders. Almost always people have smiles on their faces (like some of my friends in the photo below). Many people ask me fairly serious and focused questions about how the business is going. So much of what we have done the last 3 years has been very public like leaving Vail, joining Ikon, dealing with COVID, limiting pass sales, limiting daily tickets and selling tickets only online. As I have said many times, our biggest objective is to create an incredible experience for skiers and riders at The Basin. If we can do that, business will be good. And, I think we have been doing that this season. In our perfect world, we would like to just fill our parking lots without turning anyone away. Saturday and Sunday were pretty close to perfect. Beautiful weather, great snow, people having fun and plenty of parking. Those were very good days for everyone involved with The Basin.

   

                   

 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Long Chute and MGD Open

The mini-hike to Long Chute as well as the West Gate to Montezuma Bowl are now open. I found some sweet skiing in Long Chute and Max. Mix that up with bluebird skies and I think today was just about perfect.



Friday, January 21, 2022

As Forecast

We are having a very nice day. The skiing is excellent. As forecast, it has been snowing off and on all day. We reported an inch new this morning, we have had an addition two inches since then and we may get another inch or two this afternoon/evening. The next couple days should be perfect with blue skies, temperatures in the 20s and light wind. We are in for some "A-Basin Kind of Days."



Thursday, January 20, 2022

Managing The Numbers

This will be a beautiful weekend in the mountains. We should see a little bit of snow Friday and then Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the 20's (near perfection). We have been closely managing our lift ticket quantities to deal with a weekend just like this. We will have a good turnout, but not those crazy big days of a few years ago. So.........I have a couple tips for you this weekend.

-Because we are expecting a really nice weekend, we are going to keep the ticket inventory small. I suspect we will sell out. If you need a lift ticket or have a friend that needs a lift ticket, BUY IT NOW before they are gone.

-If we can keep a few cars off the highway and out of the parking lots, that is always good. CARPOOLING OR RIDING THE BUS IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Hope to see you on the hill this weekend. It is going to be a beauty.


 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

New Webcam(s)

For the last few months we have been working on the next generation of webcams. The first one was installed today. I think you are going to like it and there are more coming. Click on the link below.

 New Webcam(s)

Also, tonight I had to include this image from the Montezuma Bowl webcam even though it looks a bit chaotic. There are a few flurries flying and if you look close, you can see the lights of the snowcat working down on Lower Larkspur.




Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Time To Starting Talking About The East Wall

It is getting to be that time when we start talking about the East Wall. We do have snow out there. The Snow Safety Team has begun their work. They have shot the avalauncher several times. There has been quite bit of work done in the Hidden Chute / Humbug region. So, it isn't opening any time too soon, but the crew is working on it and, not so patiently, waiting for the next good storm.