Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wrangler Views

I know that many of you don't spend a lot of time on Wrangler because it is our beginner trail.  That side of the mountain has some cool views.  Take a tour over there when you get a chance.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

White and Yellow

More snow last night.  The aspens look good.  A little more snow tonight and then a beautiful, sunny weekend.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Couple More Hours of Winter

Today we had another couple hours of winter weather.  I had my first winter driving on Loveland Pass this afternoon.  It was snowing heavily and the roads were wet with just a teeny bit of slush.  A-Basin's Lift Operations Supervisor, David Lee Roth, was at the top of Zuma Lift during the storm and took these photos.  Right now the sun is out and the snowline is just above the base area.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Another Dusting

We have had another nice dusting of snow this morning.  The next few days look kind of wet and cool although not cold enough for snowmaking.  I am fully expecting an inch or two in the base area tomorrow.  Each of these fall storms gets us a few steps closer to .........................

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pika Place - New Conveyor Lift

We actually do have a pretty cool project going on in the base area. We are installing another conveyor lift, Pika Place. It will be Southeast of the bottom of Black Mountain Express. The lift will be fairly short with a very, very gentle slope. The site, within our teaching area, is specifically designed for teaching very small children. Over the last decade, you probably noticed the increase in youngsters skiing and riding at The Basin. Many people have discovered just how "kid friendly" A-Basin really is. For the little guys, this lift should speed the teaching progression and increase the fun factor.

The conveyor itself has already been delivery by Magic Carpet Ski Lifts. We are expecting delivery of pre-cast concrete foundations in the next week or so. Installation will likely occur during the first half of October.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Sewer Line

I wish I could tell you we have this amazingly cool new project going on at the ski area.  The reality is that we are replacing a fairly big chunk of sewer line.  Not the sexiest or funnest job you could imagine.  There are times up here we get to ski the best snow, hike the best trail, attend the funnest dinner, etc. etc. etc. and there are times we have to put in a new sewer line.  I guess you take the good with the bad.  At least it is really expensive.  Despite that, another beautiful fall day here.  I savor days like this.  Take care.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beautiful Morning

Beautiful, crisp morning today.  The forecast for the next week looks like spectacular fall weather.  Most of yesterday's snow is gone.  This week we should be seeing highs in the 50's and lows just touching freezing.  While not quite cool enough for snowmaking, it is an extraordinary time to be in the mountains.  I am not sure if it is just me, but the aspens this fall are especially bright and yellow. 

Monday, September 17, 2012


We are going to open........ SOON.

To make snow, we need a wet bulb temperature below 28 F for several hours.  Looking at the forecast right now, snowmaking still appears several days away.  You can be sure that we are watching the weather very closely these days.


It is always great to see that first good snow of the year.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Clam Bake

The Clam Bake was another hit.  About 100 people joined up for a perfect Colorado "FALL" day.  The leaves are starting to turn yellow around here.  The Luv Brothers played some great music.  The fiddle player was particularly good.  Tony C and Becs were snipping Clam Bags and Chefs Pauli and Matt were serving up lobster and mussels.  I snuck about 3 bowls of clam chowder.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall View

Check out this beautiful photo Scott Carlson sent me this afternoon.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lower Argentine North Fork Trail Closure

We are getting rolling on a pretty significant sewer line replacement project on High Noon.  Sexy project eh?  Unfortunately, the lower portion of the Argentine North Fork Trail will be closed starting Tuesday, September 4.  Please avoid High Noon and the lower hiking/biking trail.  You can still head up the summer road from the CDOT gate and catch the trail near the top of the North Fork ski trail.  Sorry for the inconvenience.