Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer Views

Typical view on a Basin Summer day.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Good Fun In The Park

People are having all kinds of fun in the AAP (Aerial Adventure Park).


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lenawee Motor Room

We brought in the "Monster Crane" and in a very short time, the old Lenawee motor room was gone.


Friday, June 24, 2022

Open For Summer

It is official today, we are open for Summer!!! 6th Alley, Aerial Adventure Park, Via Ferrata, Hiking, Biking (in a few days) and Disc Golf. Hope you come visit.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Aerial Adventure Park Training

We have had a busy week training both returning and new Aerial Adventure Park Rangers. They have been focused on operating the equipment, communicating with guests and helping people get out of a bind. It looks like a very fun team.

This Spring we added even more excitement to the Park. We tweaked some features to make the Golden Eagle course more challenging and exciting. We have also added 3 new ziplines. We will open for business next Friday, June 24.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Bighorn Sheep

I have seen the bighorns several times over the last few weeks. They very consistently hang out along the highway about a mile below the resort.


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Melting Fast

The remaining snow is melting very quickly. Once the drivers stop working the snow and we get into those warm, long days of June, we see a rapid transformation. Time to start thinking about hiking, biking, Via Ferrata and the Aerial Adventure Park. Our scheduled opening for summer operations is June 24.


Cat Drivers Keep Us Going

Arapahoe Basin is able to stay open late for many obvious reasons. The front side of the mountain is North facing and at a very high elevation. To top that off we gets lots of snow and we have a small, but very good snowmaking system. What is not quite so obvious is all the work that our team of cat drivers do. For the last several weeks of the season, they diligently doze, push and consolidate the trails that we finish the season with. These also happen to be the trails with snowmaking. Every year, the drivers are solely responsible for extending the season a few weeks. They are magicians with those blades.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Flying Lenawee Towers

As I write, the old Lenawee towers are being flown from the chairlift site to the Early Riser Parking Lot. A blue civilian version of the Blackhwak is flying the tower tubes and the tower heads out in separate picks. The black communication line was flown out in lots of smaller pieces. It blows me away just how much work that helicopter can do in a short period of time.

The towers will be loaded on a truck and shipped to Sunlight.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Thank you

Despite all the challenges of the world, we have had a great season at Arapahoe Basin. And what makes it great is the tremendous mountain and the even better people. We have so much to look forward to this summer, the Aerial Adventure Park, the Via Ferrata, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, 6th Alley, building Lenawee Express and more. And in 4 to 4 1/2 months, we will open again for skiing.

Thank you for spending your time at the Basin.

The Basin from a Denver to Vegas flight.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Closing Weekend

Today was fun. It was a good morning with carving turns followed by afternoon slush bumps. The local "Strung High String Band" put on an awesome show in Mountain Goat Plaza. There was a party of Banana People down on The Beach. The vibe was so A-Basin and people were having a blast.

This is it. Tomorrow is closing day and it will be even more fun. The "Frisco Funk Collective" will play from 1-4. Tomorrow is the metaphorical sunset of the 2021-22 season. Come join the action.


Friday, June 3, 2022

More Pieces On The Way

 A friend of mine just spotted this rig in Frisco.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

My Last Ride On Lenawee

Tuesday I took my final ride on the Lenawee Mountain Triple Chairlift. We ran the lift for Ski Patrol and Lift Operations so they could complete what we call "Breakdown" (not the Tom Petty song). The crew pulls all the pads, signs, ropes and other equipment and puts the gear away for the summer. On Wednesday the Leitner Poma group and our Lift Maintenance team starting taking chairs off old Lenawee. 

Installing Lenawee back in 2001 was a fun and big project for us. It was the first new lift installed at A-Basin since 1978. At the time it was a major upgrade for A-Basin. Up to that point it was also the biggest construction job I had ever been Project Manager for. Good times. I can't wait to ride the Lenawee Express.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Happy Snowy June 1

Always nice to start June with new snow. We reported 4 inches of new snow this morning. The storm is breaking up and the sun is popping through the clouds. We may have a bluebird afternoon. June skiers are a very special breed. They love being out on the snow.