Sunday, November 28, 2021

Old Pali Bullwheel and Plaque

As most of you know, we took the old bullwheel from the first Pali Chairlift and moved it up to the very tippy top of the Pali Knob. It is a special place for many of us. We recently added a nice plaque with some thoughtful prose that will make you smile. Once that lift and terrain opens, be sure and take a few extra minutes and walk up to, and enjoy, the scene. There is substantial value in having an employee with a B.A. in English from Boston College.


Saturday, November 27, 2021


I skied Loafer and rode the Beavers Lift. Wow. The Cat Drivers have done a greal deal of work above timberline. They have farmed the captured snow out of the fences. They dozed and winched the first steep pitch. The Ski Patrol has skied up the snow below timberline. The coverage there is fantastic. The Patrollers have foot packed the entire bottom pitch. Ultimately, we will get a winch cat all the way to the bottom of the lift. Getting the Beavers Lift open should closely follow the Pali Lift opening.


Friday, November 26, 2021

First Pali Ride

Yesterday I made my first Pali ride of the season. Always fun. There is a fair bit of snow on the North Side. Grizzly Road looks especially good. The snowfences caught a great deal of snow. The Cat Crew has done a fine job dozing and spreading the snow and topping it off with a corduroy till. Who knows? Another storm or two and..............?


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Basin folks out there. We are enjoying a near perfect bluebird Thanksgiving Day. I just skied for a couple hours and the place looks and feels very nice. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are a couple of my favorite days at the resort. On these holidays there is a special warmth shared by the people working and visiting the Basin. I like it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

First Chair

People were eager to ski this morning. I took this photo of people walking out to the lift maze and standing in line anxiously waiting for the chairlift to open. 2 or 3 inches of snow fell after folks got on the hill. Another great day at The Basin.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021


Wow, we are having a really good snowmaking session on Ramrod right now. Fan guns are blowing snow from top to bottom. I suspect the snowmakers will keep running there until late Wednesday or early Thursday. There will be a fair bit of equipment clean up and dozing to be done once the snowblowers are turned off. Look for a good Ramrod opening by week's end.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Swirling Clouds

Last night's storm was steady for a few hours and we reported 2" of new snow. I took this photo yesterday morning while riding Lenawee looking across the top of Pali, across Highway 6 and into a region we call "No Name." The swirling clouds, sun and shadows always deliver exceptional views. The skiing is still good. We might see some snow mid-week.


Saturday, November 20, 2021

Intermittent Showers

We saw light, intermittent showers throughout the day. At dusk, right now, there is a little bit steadier of a snowfall going on. It is November 20 and the skiing is very good. Molly Hogan Chair and the Snowsports School opened today. Lower Wrangler opened. Next week's snowmaking energy will go towards getting Ramrod fully open and widening Molly Hogan.


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Uphill Access Opens Saturday At 5 AM

Uphill Access will open for the season Saturday at 5 AM. For now, Uphill Access is closed during the day during ski area operational hours. Be sure and have an Uphill Access Pass. They are free for A-Basin season pass holders. For non-AB pass holders, the Uphill Access Pass is $79 with $10 going to the National Forest Foundation.

Don't forget, it is early season. The place probably looks very different from when you skied last season. There is lots of snowmaking and grooming equipment on the hill. Stay away from it. Variable snow conditions exist.  Be safe. Be careful. Keep you speeds down. And have loads and loads of fun.

For details about the program, go to Uphill Access.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cornice / West Wall

It is odd. Denver may set a record for its latest first measurable snowfall and The Basin has really, really good skiing. We have a 24" base of natural snow. Snowmaking has gone very well. In order to pack down the snow and offer some fun skiing and riding, the Ski Patrol has been doing some short term openings in areas without snowmaking. Trevor has done an outstanding job grooming the drifts out the Cornice Run. This afternoon I got a couple hour opening on Cornice / West Wall. The groomed Cornice Run was superb and the steeper, ungroomed West Wall was soft and carvy.  

The skiing is so much fun.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Black Mountain Lodge

I never get tired of this place.


Saturday, November 13, 2021

That Kind Of Day

I think the smiles on Snowsports School Instructors Dave Singleton and Tim Stroh tell the story of what a great day we had up here.


Friday, November 12, 2021

Sundance Saturday

Sundance will open Saturday. It has been a very good week. We reported 11" of new snow over the last three mornings. The snowcats are track packing more and more terrain. Friday Afternoon Club is a hit today. People are out there having fun and The 6th Alley is shaping up for a Basin-style après ski session.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Veteran's Day

All of us at A-Basin want to honor our Veterans for their extraordinary service. We are lucky to benefit from their great commitment and sacrifice. Be sure and thank a veteran.

Snowfall and snowmaking continue to go well at The Basin. We are now making snow on Lower Sundance. Snowfall has been fairly steady. The skiing and snowboarding was especially good today. It really feels like winter around here.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Four Early Runs

I just took four beautiful, early, pre-opening runs with Louis. The objective was to evaluate snowmaking and grooming (and have a little fun). Conditions were excellent top to bottom. We are having continued snowmaking success on the Upper Mountain despite a planned power outage last night. The snowmakers did get started on Upper Sundance and Lower Wrangler. We skied those trails and were pleased with the initial effort. Looking at the weather forecast, I am excited about the snowmaking outlook the next few days.

And the corduroy on High Noon was as good as it gets.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Snowmakers and Rando Racers

The Snowmakers are on a roll. They had a very good night enhancing Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch. They also got started on Upper Sundance. Tonight they will fire up a couple guns on Lower Wrangler. The next few days look very promising for low temperatures with the possibility of running continuously for 48-72 hours. That would be good.

This morning we had our first race of the "Rise and Shine Rando Series." 107 skiers climbed Sundance and descended Ramrod as many times as they could in one hour. There were impressive athletes out there with some of the women making four laps and some of the men making five laps.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

So Nice

It is so nice to be open to the top. This coming week, the Snowmakers will work on "fattening up" Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch and get started making snow on Upper Sundance and Lower Wrangler. 


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Lenawee Will Open Sunday

Lenawee Lift, Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch will open Sunday. I am not exactly sure what time it will open, but hopefully by Noon.

We needed one more good night of snowmaking Friday to make this happen. The forecast was not great. True to forecast, temperature only got down to about 31F. Lucky for us, the relative humidity was very, very low and brought the wet bulb temperature down to about 21F. Kudos to Bill LeClair and the Snowmaking Team for taking full advantage of the weather and laying some nice snow down where we needed it most. 

Enjoy the Upper Mountain.


Time For The Snowcats

Friday we turned the snowcats loose on the Upper Mountain. While we have been travelling up there with the cats, we just starting dozing on Friday. Scottie and Dorse are really putting the trail together. The snowmaking work has been very good. Still have some work to do at the bottom of Lenawee.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Looks Good

While not quite as cold as Wednesday night, last night still had some pretty good snowmaking. Overall, Lenawee Face and Dercum's Gulch look close to be being ready. We are focused on a couple of weak spots including the area around the bottom of the lift.


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Another Great Night

 We are getting so much closer to the top.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

More Snowmaking

We had a fairly decent night snowmaking on the Upper Mountain. We kept running all day and tonight looks to be better. The clouds are expected to clear off some and the temperature should get close to, if not in, the teens. That would be very good. We are very focused on getting Lenawee Mountain Lift open, but we need a few more good nights of snowmaking.


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Snowy Tuesday

We are enjoying a beautiful, snowy day. This storm has been good to us and we anticipate some cold snowmaking temperatures this evening. I came up on my day off yesterday and made some turns purely for fun - no work involved. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Monday, November 1, 2021

More and More Like Winter

The place looks more and more like winter every day. The new hut looks pretty too.


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Vaccine Bus

The Vaccine Bus was a big hit at The Basin the last couple days. It seemed to be especially popular with "my generation" of friends getting their booster shots. The line was a very social place. About 300 people chose to be vaccinated here. 

My hope this winter is to have Arapahoe Basin operating in as "normal" of a manner as we possibly can.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Upper Mountain Snowmaking

We made some decent progress on the Upper Mountain this week. Temps were good. Streamflows were good. The wind was a bit of a challenge, but we made some headway. We are taking a couple days off from snowmaking. We will let the reservoir re-fill. The Snowmakers can get some rest and maybe sneak in a little fishing. We will be hard at it early next week.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

FAC Is Back

The Friday Afternoon Club, FAC, is back. Starting this, and each Friday through November 19, we will be hosting FAC at The Basin. There will be discounted tickets from 2-4 PM and food and drink specials in the 6th Alley.

This is really about getting together with your friends and family, making a few turns, catching a few chairlift rides and catching up on the week, month or year. Come on up and join the fun.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Heaven and Hoses

It is a good night for snow at The Basin. Mother Nature is doing her share and putting a few inches on the ground. The temperature is dropping and on its way to the low teens. The snowmakers are busy running at full capacity. Snow is falling from heaven and hoses.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Nothing To Do With Today

This photo has nothing to do with today. I was just day dreaming about skiing powder.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Vaccine Bus

The Vaccine Bus is coming to A-Basin Friday and Saturday, October 29th and 30th from 9 AM - 4 PM. First shot, second shot, booster shot, whatever you need. Get vaccinated and get a Bloody Mary (or other select beverages) in the 6th Alley. Come join us. Enjoy ski day - vaccination - après ski. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Meadows

Check out the snowmaking progress looking across The Meadows just above Black Mountain Lodge.


Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Couple Decent Nights

We have had a couple of decent nights of snowmaking on the Upper Mountain. It hasn't been near as cold as last week, but we have made a little progress. The weekend looks so-so for temperatures. We will have to see how that goes. Maybe starting Tuesday night, we will see colder temps again.

Snowmaking on the way to Lenawee Lift


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Next Steps - Snowmaking

The snowmakers have moved their equipment to the Upper Mountain. Physically moving all the guns, hoses, cords, and hydrants takes some time. Their next objectives are to get Lenawee Face, Dercum's Gulch and Lenawee Mountain Lift open. Prior to last year, our next snowmaking objective after High Noon had been Ramrod. Last year, we saved Ramrod for later and went straight to the Summit. We liked that so much, we are doing it again.

Enjoy the photos of Upper Mountain snowmaking grooming from November 2019.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Corduroy And Rails

 Sunday will be fun with some fresh corduroy and a couple of fun rails.