Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Found A Single Chair

The blog post worked. Rob Diehl reached out to me to say that he had one of the original single chairs installed for the 1947-48 season. He was excited that we were interested in it. We are going to take some time to refinish it and then display it in a place for everyone to enjoy.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Another Snowmaking Photo

Another fun snowmaking photo from Saturday morning.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Washington, DC

For several years now I have been lucky to be on the Board of Directors for the National Ski Areas Association. The Board and, especially, the staff have done great work on a variety of issues like COVID management, employee training programs and government relations.

Every few years, I break out the suit and tie and join the Board for a trip to DC to meet our legislators. I flew into Dulles last week for several congressional meetings. We connect with as many senators and representatives as we can from both sides of the aisle. We talk about important ski industry subjects like Climate Change, keeping work visas available for international students and workers, and "let's make sure the ski areas on public lands can remain open in case the government shuts down." It is a good idea to work with and know our elected officials in advance, before there is a crisis.

This is the fourth time I have participated in a trip like this and I learn and grow so much every time. 

And I can't wait to get that tie off.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Oktoberfest Action Shots

And Sunday we have another day of Oktoberfest........

First Snowmaking

About 3 AM this morning the snowmaking team fired up the system. The wet bulb temperature dropped down to 25 F. The primary objective of the session was testing. The temps were a bit colder than we expected. The system components worked well. Over the next week or two, we will do this a few more times. At some point, the temps will drop even further, stay colder longer and the snow will start to pile up. You know what happens after that.


Friday, September 22, 2023

Last "Not Winter" Weekend

Come join us for the last two days of the "Not Winter" season. There is so much going on with free chairlift rides, hiking, biking the Beavers Loop Trail, disc golf and, of course, Oktoberfest. These are the final two days for the Aerial Adventure Park and Via Feratta this year. 

The forecast looks great with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. The next time we are open, we will be skiing.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


Time to dust off my lederhosen. Not only are this Saturday and Sunday the final two days of summer operations, they are also Oktoberfest. Grab your best German attire and head to The Basin for a little dancing, a little bratwurst eating and a little beer drinking. These are some of my favorite days of the year.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Starting To Turn Yellow

While the leaves are not bright yellow yet, the fall colors have started to emerge. You can see it on the aspens and the willows already. More to come soon.