Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Colorado Hut Trips

Colorado is lucky to have a few dozen mountain huts scattered around the backcountry. Typically sleeping 8-20 people, these "semi-rustic" huts range from having catered service to do it yourself kitchens. The last few days several friends and family members skied into Margy's Hut near Aspen. We did some fun ski touring finding lots of powder in gentle terrain. Communally, we packed in and cooked our meals. We enjoyed the sun rises, sun sets and stoking the wood stove for heat. Getting to the hut wasn't easy, but the laughter never stopped.

If you like the culture and vibe of A-Basin, there is a good chance you'd enjoy a hut trip. For more details check out 10th Mountain Division Huts.

Friday, March 17, 2023

The Upper Mountain

I went out for a spin early this afternoon and found myself stopping at The Bench on Slalom Slope. As I often do, I took a few moments just to look around and see what was going on. I found myself a bit overwhelmed by just how spectacular The Upper Mountain looked today. Blue skies, crisp air, great snow - just a classic Colorado day.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

IFSA in West Zuma

The International Free Skiers Association (IFSA) and Team Summit just hosted a two day junior event in West Zuma. Capitalizing on 20 inches of new snow followed by brilliant late winter weather, the athletes, friends and parents had a great time. 12-18 year olds were ripping up all kinds of lines that most of us just dream about skiing. Seeing all these young people enjoying The Basin and having so much fun brings a smile to my face.

Monday, March 13, 2023

The Pinnacle

The Willie's Wide Staircase is steep, long and painful and the rewards at the top are unparalleled. This morning I dragged myself up there with the family. We slipped through the Snorkel Door, spread out and had classic runs in Snorkel Nose, Booger and Corner Chute. Magnified by 20 inches of snow the last three days, the Basin is really coming alive. I am known for my bias towards A-Basin, but I truly think making this climb and ski in these conditions is the "Pinnacle of Resort Experiences." I love it.


Sunday, March 12, 2023

Another Brilliant Day

Another brilliant day, although very different from yesterday. The snow was soft and sweet everywhere and deep in places. Skies were overcast or it was snowing, including heavily at the end of the day. The Ski Patrol had been working diligently on the East Wall over the weekend. By mid-afternoon we were all treated with a Lower East Wall and North Pole rope drop. We caught the North Pole gate opening and we were rewarded with a fine run down East Vert. People were loving the powder skiing. North Pole was a hit.


Saturday, March 11, 2023

One In A Million

Well it wasn't really one in a million, but today was incredible. By the time the lifts were spinning, we had a foot of new snow. It snowed heavily for a couple hours and then the sun popped out. The skiing was unbelievable across the whole mountain. I was evesdropping on a guest and I heard him describe the day as "Life Changing." It was that good and such a treat for me to be around so many people having that much fun.

Certainly the best day of the season.

Storm Delivered

 9 Inches new this morning and still nuking! It's going to be a good one. 

Friday, March 10, 2023

Storm Looks Good

We had heavy snowfall this afternoon putting about 3" on the ground. I just skinned up and skied down and the turns were very nice. We should see more snow through the evening and into tomorrow. This storm might be a really good one.