Friday, May 31, 2024

Start Early - Chase The Sun

I just had a couple of great ski mornings, today and yesterday. Tomorrow is June and the temps warm quickly each day. While the snow is firm early, it softens quickly as the sun hits. An ideal first run is the West Wall as it faces East and gets the sunrise directly. As the morning progresses move to more northerly facing trails. Start with High Noon on the Lower Mountain and move to Norway on the Upper Mountain. Conditions today were ideal summer skiing.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Feel It All

We all need a conversation about mental health. Feel It All is a film created by Summit County's own Drew Peterson. As a youngster, Drew was one of those young groms ripping up the North Side and the East Wall. The film is about his struggle with mental health, his journey through skiing and running and creating lasting cultural change around mental health and suicide.

Join us Wednesday, May 29 at Summit High School for the World Premiere of his film. Doors open at 6:00 and the show begins at 7:00. Entry is free. See you there.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Sunny, Warm Week

At least today will be mostly sunny. We should have warm temps all week with a chance of afternoon showers most days. I know the first day of summer is still a few weeks away, but after Memorial Day, I describe our conditions and atmosphere as "Summer Skiing." Today is the last day for Montezuma Bowl this season.

No sign of Lake Reveal yet.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Memorial Day and The 10th Mountain Division

While we often celebrate this weekend as a kickoff to summer, Memorial Day is a time for us to honor and mourn US military personnel who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. It is also a good time to honor all who have served. A-Basin' founder and first president, Larry Jump, served as a mountain trooper with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II. We should be thankful for the extraordinary sacrifice so many soldiers have made for us.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

A Lot Of Good Skiing

Yesterday afternoon I parked at the hairpin above The Basin to check the place out (which I do fairly regularly). For Memorial Day weekend I think The Basin looks great and we have a lot of good skiing to go. Not to mention tomorrow we host  Festival of the Brewpubs.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Late May Images

After a little bit of snow, we are back to bluebird Spring days. We have lots of fun to go with Festival of the Brewpubs Sunday and skiing well into June.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Open Until At Least June 9

With continued great conditions, A-Basin will stay open until at least June 9. We will be open seven days a week through June 2. We will close Monday thru Thursday and then re-open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 7, 8 and 9. If conditions are still good, we just may go for another weekend.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Changing Snow Conditions

This time of year, the Snow Safety crew spends a great deal of time looking at the changing impact Spring and early Summer have on the snowpack. Warming conditions lead to melting snow and, ultimately water running through the snowpack. Depending on the condition of the snowpack, the running water can significantly weaken the snow and lead to "wet snow avalanches." Just prior to conditions that cause unstable snow, we like to close steeper terrain to minimize the chance of people getting caught in wet snow avalanches.

While not a direct forecasting element of avalanche instability, we pay close attention to stream flows around us. Now, by chance, many team members are rafters and kayakers and are already paying attention to streamflows. A big increase in streamflows this time of year clearly means a lot of snow has turned to water and is flowing downhill. Below is a graph from our local Snake River. Over the last week, its flow has increased by about 340 percent. That increase clearly indicates a change in the snowpack.


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Last Day For Pali

Today is the last day of the season for Pallavicini Lift. The Pali terrain is already closed. Similar to closing The Beavers, there comes a time in the Spring to "let it go" until next season. Additionally, Pali has significant avalanche terrain and there comes a time to close for those concerns. Since my favorite run on Planet Earth is "The Spine," it is always hard for me to shut her down. We had a great season on the North Side, but it is time to let her rest.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Basin Pride

Another super fun Pride event at The Basin. There was lots of great skiing, a ripping dance party on the BML deck and an overall awesome A-Basin vibe kind of day. We are so happy to share this place with so many people having so much fun.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Temperature Hit 50 F Today

Today the temperature at mid-mountain hit 50 F. This is a very fun and very different time of the year. As temps warm up further, the snow gets even more slushy and playful. Personally, I like skiing almost first thing in the morning, just after the sun touches the snow and the top inch or less is just barely soft, but very carve-able. 

Many of the folks skiing this time of the season show up at The Basin year after year. They come from ski resorts all across the country. I enjoy seeing their familiar faces and their never ending passion for skiing. This is a good time to enjoy our special place.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Aurora Borealis At The Basin

While I didn't stay up to watch the Northern Lights, Danny Cheresnick shared these two photos he took at A-Basin and Loveland Pass Friday night.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

What A Day

So the plan for the day had been to lounge around and have a Mother's Day brunch with the family. When Kay woke me up and said there was 10" new at The Basin, that plan fell apart. We got to A-Basin early, found first tracks on every run and had the time of ours lives. Nothing like skiing Spring powder. I think we are in for a very good week with temps in the 30s and 40s, some showers and some sun. Spring time.

And the brunch became a late lunch.

10 Inches New

I wrote that 'Moody Spring Storm Days" blog yesterday afternoon. I guess the unexpected 10" of snow we received last night emphasizes the unpredictability of Spring. I am going skiing.

Moody Spring Storm Days

We have definitely been experiencing the moody storm days of Spring. We move quickly from sunny and warm to stormy and snowy. Sometimes all within a few minutes. The skiing can change from corn to slush to powder. Always fun and always unpredictable, I love these days. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Sunday - Last Day For Beavers

Tomorrow, Sunday, will be the final day of the season for The Beavers. And it has been a very good one. Since the snow started piling up out there in mid-January, we have had nothing short of spectacular skiing and riding. We all have our personal favorites.  I seem to be growing fonder and fonder of the Western Glades especially Bighorn and Dreamcatcher.

Many of you have asked me why is it closing when the skiing is so good (and the skiing is really good). The transition to summer has begun. Many of our seasonal employees are heading towards their summer work. The number of people skiing each day has started to drop. More and more of our skiers are focusing on skiing the core runs of Black Mountain Express, Lenawee Express and Zuma. While we still have several weeks of fun, fun skiing to go, the winding down of our ski season has begun. Thanks for helping us enjoy another soft and fluffy year in The Beavers.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Snow Management Bottom Lenawee

Skiing from Black Mountain Lodge to the bottom of the Lenawee Express, there is a big pile of snow on the skier's right side. The cat drivers stock piled this mound. As we progress into the later season, the approach into the bottom of LenX takes a great deal of snow management - and a lot of extra snow. This pile, in particular, was created to feed LenX and ensure it has a good long season.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Snow, Festival of the Brewpubs, Summer Pass

When it comes to The Basin these days, we have a few things to think about.

The skiing and riding for this time of year is outstanding. We had nearly a foot of snow earlier in the week. The forecast the next several days looks good for that much or maybe more. Lots of good skiing to go.

Festival of the Brewpubs is coming up Sunday, May 26. This is a sweet day to catch up with friends, ski your heart out in the morning and sample Colorado's finest craft beers in the afternoon. With live music in Mountain Goat Plaza, you won't want to miss this day.

Lastly, we have added the $199 Summer Pass. This pass gets you a full-day Via Ferrata tour, an Aerial Adventure Park (AAP) season pass, two AAP buddy tickets for your friends, unlimited summer lift rides, 5 yoga classes, all our trail runs and wildflower hikes and a bike pass. On top of that, the pass offers access to Festival of the Brewpubs, Summer Beer Fest and Oktoberfest. This is a $879 value for $199.

So, if you were planning to spend $40 for Festival of the Brewpubs, think about bumping that up to $199 for a full summer of fun.


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8 Inches New

Yesterday's storm was a favorable one. We reported 8 inches of new snow this morning with very favorable, mostly West winds. I didn't get out yesterday, but I heard some excellent reports about skiing The Spine. We should see unsettled weather all week. If this keeps up, we could end up with a pretty long ski season.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Winter In May

We had a few inches of snow overnight. It looks like it will snow all day and we are in store for wintry week.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Saturday Was Stellar

As this image from the Il Rifugio deck attests, Saturday was stellar.


Saturday, May 4, 2024

From The Continental Divide

A buddy of mine was hiking on the Continental Divide near Loveland Pass this morning. He shared this image he took of The Basin.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Snow Management and Spring Runoff

If you have been around The Basin in the Spring, you might have noticed that we push a lot of snow around. We do that for a couple reasons. One reason is to make snow last longer in a certain area. Pretty simply, deeper snow takes longer to melt. To preserve a key area, we may pile the snow deeper there so it is skiable longer. The other reason is to manage Spring runoff as the snow starts to melt. In the picture below you can see we have consolidated snow on the bottom of Wrangler. Once the snowmelt begins, the area in this picture captures a lot of water that melts from Wrangler, Sundance and High Noon. There are water bars on these trails that carry water off the trails. The snow work opens some of those water bars, keeps the water flowing which prevents water from pooling on the Lower Mountain and keeps the base area skiable for a longer time.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Dick and Gerry Are Retiring

Last night we celebrated the snowcat driving careers of Dick Dreyer and Gerry Dorsey, A-Basin longest serving employees - EVER. Both are retiring this Spring. Dick came up from Keystone in 1978 after Ralston Purina purchased The Basin. Gerry joined him the next year. A few years after that, Scott Buell joined them (he is not retiring). All three are know for their mastery of their machines, putting snow where it needs to be and leaving the most perfect corduroy. By nature, these gentlemen are creatures of the night and not always known to other employees and guests. A-Basin would not be the place it is today without them. Since 1978, no one has done more to impact the quality of the skiing than Dick, Gerry and Scott. It is an honor to have worked with them.

Gerry Dorsey, Bunny Terrill, Scott Buell, Francie Dreyer, Dick Dreyer

Gerry, Dick, Scott