Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bike Race Details

So we are crossing our t's and dotting our i's with the details on the USA Pro Challenge. On (about) July 6, our website will be loaded with details about times, camping, music, food, drinks, parking, shuttles, activities and all kinds of other fun stuff. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Black Mountain Express in Summer

The Black Mountain Express Chairlift is open for limited use in the summer time.The detachable quad chair will be open to the public. twice for special events, July 26 for the Summit Challenge Trail Run, BBQ, and Concert and August 18 during Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge Bike Race.  The lift is also booked out for private events, mostly weddings, at Black Mountain Lodge.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Getting To Be Summer

Summer is working to hard to make an appearance. Here are some pictures from today's mid-mountain tour. Flowers are starting to poke out.

Monday, June 22, 2015

North Fork

Beneath all that snow, the North Fork ski trail is actually quite the bubbling stream. I think some might call it a raging creek during run off.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Yoga On The Mountain

One of coolest summer events, Yoga on the Mountain, will be offered July 16. Guests hike the Argentine North Fork Trail to Black Mountain Lodge. Overlooking the East Wall and the high alpine tundra, people enjoy a yoga session on the BML deck. After generating an appetite, guests enjoy a Chef Rybak lunch followed by a hike back to the base area. A nap at home may be required later.

I mention this early because yesterday morning I was thumbing through the summer bookings and realized this event is already 50% booked. The Yoga event is always a sellout. If interested, sign up on the website very soon.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mid-Mountain Walk

I walked up to mid-mountain this morning. The summer road is still quite muddy in places. We did plow the road to help speed up the drying out process.The Argentine North Fork Trail has zones that are clear of snow and zones still with 2-3 feet of snow. The "greening" up of the mountain has begun. This time of year there a noticeable change in snowmelt and greening each and every day. The road is OK for walking, but stay off the Argentine North Fork Trail for now.


Friday, June 19, 2015

6th Alley Summer

From July 2 until the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, The 6th Alley Bar and Grill will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM. There are lots of ways to take advantage of this fun opportunity. Stop by on travels between Denver and Summit County. Just come up for lunch or a beverage. Hike the Argentine North Fork Trail and enjoy the deck and lunch afterwards. Do the big Lenawee Trail lap and enjoy TWO beverages when you are done. Summer at The Basin is really cool. Please enjoy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Changing Quickly

We have had some very nice summer weather and are expecting highs near 70 F over the weekend. The snow is going fast. Much of the summer service road is now exposed although it is still wet and mucky. We have lifted the Uphill Access closure. While I don't recommend skiing right now, it won't be long before people want to start wandering the mountain.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Patroller of the Year - Louis Skowyra

Last week standout Arapahoe Basin Ski Patroller Louis Skowyra was named the Colorado Ski Country USA Patroller of the Year. His specialty is leading our snow farming program. If it involves snowcats, snowfences, catching snow, and opening ski trails, Louis is in the middle of it. He has an amazing impact on each and every one of your ski days. In addition to being an incredible patroller, Louis is active in our community and served as Mayor Pro Tem and Town Council Member for the Town of Dillon. All and all, just a great guy. Thanks Louis. You make us proud.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

It Just Keeps Getting Better

We just had a great closing day. Thanks to all of you that made this season happen. It just keeps getting funner, better, and, yes, weirder...............and I love it. Thanks for a great season.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

2nd To Last Day

Today was as good as we hoped for. This morning was spectacular. People were playing on the snow and in the water. Local Folk is still playing in The 6th Alley. The sky was blue and the pulled pork on the BML deck was delicious. Don't miss closing day tomorrow. It is going to be a good one.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Final Day - Sunday, June 14

There will be no more extensions. The final day of the 2014-15 Season will be Sunday, June 14. Check out the video.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stormy Morning

This is one of those eerie, stormy, mountain mornings. It looks like Colorado may be in for some exciting weather the next couple of days, run-off is in full flow and we are getting ready to re-open. The snowcat crews have been working the last couple days to get the place ready again. The Lower Mountain trails are a bit narrower and there won't be quite as much available down there. The Upper Mountain still has great coverage. I am expecting three days of action packed ski fun.

Rumor has it there may be a wet area developing on Lake Reveal.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

That Time Of Year

I think I take this photo of a bighorn by the "Ski Area 1 Mile" sign from my car just about the same time every year.

I am really looking forward to another 3-day weekend of skiing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Lake Reveal

Lake in no sign of Lake Reveal yet.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Question Of The Day

It is just a very nice, summer ski day. People are enjoying the heck out the conditions. During my morning ski, I encountered the same question over and over again, "Is A-Basin going to be open after June 14?" The answer is pretty easy. I just don't know yet. We will be closed Monday thru Thursday and we will re-open Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 12, 13, and 14. I know everyone wants an answer now, but we need to wait until next weekend to see how conditions are to make that decision. Today was certainly super fun skiing and I think next weekend will be also.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Events

Be sure and check out our summer events calendar on the website. Lots of good things going on. Trail Run, BBQ and music at BML, Yoga on the Mountain, Beermaker's Dinner and The Clam Bake at The 6th Alley, and of course the mother of all summer events, The Stage 2 Finish of The USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This will be our funnest summer yet. Hope you can join us.

Friday, June 5, 2015

YTD Snowfall 338 Inches

By the end of May, Arapahoe Basin had received 338 inches of snow. This is 98% of average snowfall based on our records going back to 1978. On paper this indicates a very average snow season. As we all know, this season was anything, but average. November and December saw great snowfall, January and March had light snowfall and warm temperatures, February and April saw "average" snowfall and, as well all know, May saw fantastic spring snowfall.

All and all, this makes for an "average" snowfall season - more like an amalgamation of extremes.  I commonly tell people that in Colorado average snowfall means great skiing.

This photo was not taken today

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Wet Slides

If you have been skiing The Basin the last week, you have seen a number of wet avalanches both inside and outside the area. The above average spring snow coupled with very warm spring temperatures have created conditions ideal for these slides to occur. We very aggressively manage areas where we think these slides might occur. Explosives have proven to have minimal effectiveness with wet slides. As we think these spring slide conditions are developing, we close avalanche prone areas. This sometimes causes angst for some of our guests when an area still has lots of snow, but it is closed. We understand the frustration, but feel the closures are warranted.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Montezuma Bowl Closing Today

As good as most of Columbine and Shining Light still are, today is going to be the last day for Montezuma Bowl this season. The snow in the lowest 10% of the bowl is just too wet to groom and take care of. The snowcats simply cannot climb uphill on the steeper pitches. Without that groomer maintenance, the thin, wet areas just don't hold up any longer. Yesterday I was amazed how many people were back there enjoying the spring/summer conditions. The bowl opened December 27 this season and we enjoyed a fun, long season skiing the steeps and groomers. Montezuma Bowl is so different from the rest of the ski area that it has really added another dimension to The Basin. While it has been open for eight seasons now, it still feels like a new and exciting experience for me every time I go back there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Spring Biathalon

OK, this is one of my favorite times of the year. We had a beautiful, bluebird sunny day. That sunshine-thing sure feels good. I took a few runs late morning finding good skiing everywhere I went. Montezuma Bowl was good fun although its days are winding down. Skiing in June is something special. The mountains are still very, very white.

After work I bee-lined it for the Blue River North of Silverthorne. Summit County residents are lucky to have this gem of a Class III River. She is running quite high now (some of that water came from The Basin). Paddling this river in high water is the summer equivalent of skiing a great powder day in winter. With a few friends, Kay and I snaked our way down the river in our Paddle Cat. There were plenty of face shots, big waves, tight turns, and excitment. As the sun set over the Gore Range, we sipped a cold beverage at river's edge while laughing, sharing stories of our runs, and talking about the next adventure.

Monday, June 1, 2015