Saturday, June 12, 2021

Hard To Believe

It is hard to believe we were open for skiing 6 days ago. Once we get to the longest and warmest days of the year, the snow can melt in a hurry. High Noon still has a bit of snow, but Ramrod and Sundance are almost bare. It feels like summer around here.


 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thank You

From all of us at Arapahoe Basin, we would like to thank everyone that joined us this season. You guys make The Basin great. Our team of employees gathered Monday afternoon, let their hair down a bit and celebrated another very special season. The group is fairly skilled at socializing and Monday was another great example of that.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Aerial Adventure Park, The 6th Alley and Arapahoe Sports will be open. There won't be any skiing, but come visit while we watch the last of the snow melt and gear up for a fun summer.

Again, thanks so much for making A-Basin part of your life.


 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Special Closing Day

It was a special closing day. Spirits were high. Lake Reveal was going off. High Five owned Mountain Goat Plaza. The best part of it all was the smiling faces. I think people were really enjoying themselves. The snow was fun although we would have been challenged to stretch more days out of it. The pre-COVID Basin is back. Thanks for a great season.








 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Lake Reveal Emerges

Today was perfect. It was sunny most of the day. The goats were all over the place. The snow was good.  ..........Lake Reveal emerged and skiers and riders made the best of it. I hope you can join us Sunday for closing day. It will be more of the same great stuff. The weather is supposed to be sunny again (most of the day). Come celebrate the end of the weirdest ski season most of have ever experienced.

Lake Reveal is growing by the minute.


 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Family Day

I think the Kelly Family figured out a pretty good way to spend a Spring day together.


 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Old Friends

I know it is almost summer when I start seeing CJ Mueller (former speed skiing world record holder) at The Basin. It is hard to pry him out of Breckenridge, but A-Basin's spring corn usually does the trick. This morning we shared a few really fun Lenawee rides laughing and telling stories all the way. We timed the Cornice Run / West Wall snow perfectly and carved some sweet turns. CJ's passion for skiing is always inspiring for me. Makes my day to catch up with him.


 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Final Week

I had an enjoyable ski this morning checking out Humbug, Lenawee Face, Cornice Run, West Wall and more. The snow was soft and carve-able. A couple mountain goats were hanging out at the top of Zuma Lift. And there isn't much sign of Lake Reveal yet.

Closing day will be this Sunday, June 6. I hope you can make it up one of these last five days.




 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Aerial Adventure Park Opens Saturday

The Aerial Adventure Park will open Saturday. Three of the Five courses will be available. I spent some time in there the last couple days. The Park is so much fun. Fun, I guess, if you like being outside and climbing and scrambling in the woods with your friends and family.  Over the next two and half weeks, the park will be open May 29, 30 and 31 and June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. It will open seven days a week starting June 25. Check out the website for more details and to make reservations.





Tuesday, May 25, 2021

May Skiing

Lenawee and Black Mountain Express are open. I took about 10 lift rides this morning. My 10-noon theory is still working. Great skiing in Humbug, Lenawee Face, Cornice Run, West Wall and High Noon.


 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Montezuma Bowl Closed For Season

Montezuma Bowl is closed for the season. Earlier this week, we'd thought it would be open through Sunday. After a morning tour today, we realized it was time to call it a season back there. We will still be going strong with Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Chairlifts into June.


 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

No Mask, No Mas

The State of Colorado and Summit County have come out with new guidance regarding mask wearing.

Masks are no longer required at A-Basin.

The state and county recommend that unvaccinated people still wear masks indoors.

Of course, anyone that still wants to wear a mask, is certainly free to do so.

Getting to this point has been a long, hard journey going all the way back to March 2020. We are so thankful to all of you that helped A-Basin. It has been a monumental effort made only possible by those that put community first. Thank you.



Monday, May 17, 2021

Vaccine Success

The Inaugural Arapahoe Basin Beach Beer Bacon Bloody Mary 6th Alley COVID Vaccination Clinic was a huge success. More than 100 people were vaccinated including a bunch of our employees. Bumpy served a guy that caught the red eye from LA just to be vaccinated, have a Bacon Bloody Mary and be "part of it." Thanks to all the staff and volunteers that made this happen and a very special thanks to everyone that was vaccinated.



 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Stanley Cup - Colorado Avalanche

Congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche for the winning the President's Trophy by having the best record in the NHL this season. I look forward to the Spring charge through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Certainly one of my favorite A-Basin stories goes back to mid-June 1996. The Colorado Avalanche, in their first season in Denver, won the Stanley Cup. The trophy was brought up to A-Basin to be photographed for the Rocky Mountain News at the top of old Exhibition Lift. The Cup traveled with special security staff. On a wet, snowy afternoon we loaded it into a snowcat and drove it up the hill. All of our guests and employees were shocked when they saw hockey's most coveted prize. I remember a few dozen people chasing the snowcat down the hill after the film shoot.

I know there are taboos about touching the Cup, but I think that is mostly for NHL players. I knew then the chance of me playing in the NHL was remote and, besides, somebody had to load it into the snowcat.





 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sunday - Last Day for Pali, Molly and Beavers

Sunday will be the last day of the season for the Pallavicini, Molly Hogan and Beavers Chairlifts. The conveyor lifts will also be closed. I know some of that terrain still looks quite good. That said, looking at the forecast for next week, we thinking it is time to shut these lifts for the season. We will still be going strong with Black Mountain Express, Lenawee and Zuma Chairlifts. I have very, very high confidence that The Basin will be open into June.

No matter what we do, that snow always starts melting in Spring.


 

Friday, May 14, 2021

10 to Noon

The last couple of days have been ideal. I skied from about 10 to noon each day. My favorite spring condition is skiing groomers when the snow surface is just barely soft, maybe your skis carve just an inch into the snow. Today and yesterday, late morning, that condition was perfect. I skied the circuit, Sundance, West Wall, Columbine, Loafer and Dorsey's Downhill (that is the groomer that starts at the top of the Cornice Run and connects to Norway). For me, it is spring skiing at its finest.



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Dead Snag

Dead Snag is the dead tree below the bottom of The Spine on the ridge dividing Pali Main Street from Mouse Trap. Mouse Trap isn't actually on the trail map, but it is what many people would call the right side of Pali Face. Considering it is May 12, Pallavicini is looking pretty darn good.


 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

4 Inches and Corduroy

The first snow squall of the morning has already come and gone and the sun is back out. There will be a few more squalls during the day. We reported 4 inches of new snow this morning. The cat drivers had a good night creating some fine corduroy. Not bad for May 11.



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday Funday

Pre-COVID, Sunday afternoons were some of my favorite times at The Basin. After a great day of skiing, we would hook up with family and friends in Marnie's or the 6th Alley for a bite, a beverage and lots of laughs. COVID put a damper on that.

With our new Sunday Funday we are going to bring some of that energy back. Each Sunday for the remainder of the season, we will offer afternoon lift tickets from 2-4 PM for $29. Join us in the 6th Alley for a 15% discount and $5 New Belgium beers. Let's get some of that fun energy rolling again.







Saturday, May 8, 2021

All The Weather Today

We have had all the weather today. Sunshine, wind, snow, graupel and blue skies have made an appearance.  As I look out the window right now, it sunny and snowing at the same time. We are in for more stormy weather the next few days.


 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Vaccines, Bacon Bloodies and Beer

Sunday, May 16, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting a ski-in, ski-out COVID Vaccine Clinic in Beach Spot #1 down on The Beach. From noon to 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Summit County Health Department, there will be 200 FREE Johnson and Johnson vaccines available on a first come, first serve basis.

Anyone vaccinated that day at The Basin will receive a FREE Bacon Bloody Mary, Draft Beer or soda from the 6th Alley Bar and Grill.

This week Summit County took a huge step moving to Level Green. Getting our vaccination rate above 70% is one of our last major hurdles. Today, 62% of us have been vaccinated. We strongly encourage all of our guests, employees and community members to be vaccinated. 

Does it get any better than Ski, Vaccination, Apres'?

 


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Level Green At A-Basin

This has been a long time coming. The COVID metrics for Summit have finally dropped to Level Green. This is by far the biggest step to normalcy that we have taken. There are three key impact areas from this change.

-There are no COVID related capacity restrictions at the ski area.

-Masks are no longer required anywhere outside. If you are going to spend more than 15 minutes with someone closer than 6' who is not in your household, masks are still recommended.

-Mask are still required indoors unless you are seated and eating or drinking.

The last 14 months have tested everyone. I am so proud of the great work our team has done to keep the ski area going. Here are some funs things you can look forward to.

-Skiing and riding will be just like the good old days. There are no restrictions on lift riding and no mask required for skiing or riding.

-You will be able to make a Beach Reservation soon.

-You can hang out on the decks of BML or the 6th Alley with your friends.

Thanks for sticking with us.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Blue

There are times that I am not sure if the sky can be any more blue.





 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Corduroy

The corduroy this morning was very nice. Yesterday's new snow was followed by a pretty cold night and the cat drivers were having a field day (actually a field night).




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New CDC Guidelines

Today's CDC Guidelines on outdoor mask wearing are an awesome next step. We still have to operate under Summit County Health Orders and there is still some more work for us to do.

Right now 50% of Summit County residents are fully vaccinated. 72% of SC residents have received their first vaccination shot.

Once 70% of residents are fully vaccinated, we move to Level Green and most outdoor restrictions go away.

Arapahoe Basin is strongly encouraging its employees, its guests and Summit County residents to get vaccinated. This is not terribly complicated. The sooner more of us get vaccinated, the sooner life returns to normal (and is a lot more fun). We are getting so close and vaccines are readily available in the county. Go out there and make a difference and help our community get through this pandemic mess.






Monday, April 26, 2021

From The Tree Chutes

Aaron W shared this photo taken from the Tree Chutes on Sunday. The place looks pretty good.


 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Everything

Today was everything we hoped for. 2" new today on top of 5" yesterday made for fantastic skiing. I can't tell you how many people said to me, "East Wall was incredible." I heard many similar comments on Montezuma Bowl. If you are a seasoned A-Basin skiers, you know it always skis deeper than the report indicates. We might see another shower or two tonight and Sunday should be sunny with a high temperature near 50 F. Another perfect Spring day.

The Black Mountain Lodge deck was the place to be today.


 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Spectacular Morning

We are having a spectacular morning with sunny skies and 5 inches of new snow. A long time Basin skier just told me she thought it was the best day of the year. We should see a few snow showers this afternoon and then Saturday and Sunday will be a sunny, warm, idyllic Rocky Mountain Spring paradise.



 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Stormy

We are having some Spring stormy weather. Throughout the day a series of squalls have passed through. As I write it is snowing heavily. There is 2-3 inches of new snow sitting on the stake right now. That might be what we report tomorrow. Who knows, a couple more squalls might blow through and we might report 6". It is so hard to predict snowfall with these Spring storms. The skiing is sure good. Friday looks "squally" again and Saturday and Sunday look sunny and warm. Classic Spring time at The Basin.


 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Not Your Average Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin is not your average ski area.


 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Following The Storm

It was a beautiful Spring morning following yesterday's storm.


 

Friday, April 16, 2021

This is Spring at The Basin


When I say that spring is the best time at The Basin, this is what I am talking about, powder days, smiling faces and the East Wall. It looks like there is snow in the forecast for the next few days so I think it's just going to get better.