April 10, 2018

  • 5:15pm

    The storm is over and it delivered a very nice 29 inches.......and maybe the best skiing of the season.

    Come join us Wednesday for the Enduro. 35 teams will be tearing up Pali for 10 hours. The real fun begins at the end of the day with a very special apres' ski party. There will be food and drinks, a silent auction and live music with Hobo Village. All proceeds go to Building Hope, an organization that promotes emotional well being, access to medical treatment and suicide prevention. It is a great cause for a great organization and an especially great time. Details can be found in the link below. See you there.

    https://www.arapahoebasin.com/event/enduro/


April 9, 2018

  • 11:18am

    And the storm has continued. We reported 7 inches of new snow this morning and it continued to snow for several hours after report time. The snow cam indicates a couple of more inches on top of the 27 inches we have already reported. We can call it a 2 1/2 foot storm. The sun is popping out intermittently and the snow showers are decreasing. The storm should blow out by the end of the day and tomorrow looks to be a brilliant Colorado bluebird day following a 2 1/2 foot storm.

    The skiing this morning was wonderful. I found un-tracked snow back in Zuma in Long Chute, Schauffler and Jump. I also had an amazing  Beavers run down Marmot with A-Basin Ski Patrol alumni Joey Klein. Like most years, A-Basin snow conditions appear to be peaking in April (or sometimes May).






April 8, 2018

  • 8:09pm

    We have had 20 inches out of this storm so far plus what is on the snow stake right now (photo above). Monday will deliver more fresh snow. Today was a tremendous travel around the mountain kind of powder day. A couple of first track runs around Long Chute in Montezuma Bowl. First tracks down Loafer. Beautiful skiing in the Steep Gullies. The major bonus, delivered by Ski Patrol, was a 2 PM opening of the East Wall. 4 more runs of first tracks. The Basin was "VERY BIG" today. Incredible. Tomorrow might be the same.





April 7, 2018

  • 5:34am

    So, we reported 9" of new snow this morning putting us at 11" for the storm......... so far. We should see moderate snowfall through the day and the heaviest snow is expected this evening. By the end of the day yesterday, the skiing was outstanding. I am heading up the hill in a few minutes. This will be a memorable day.


April 6, 2018

April 5, 2018

  • 5:50pm

    The first wave of snow rolled in about 6:00 this evening. The skiing and the coverage around the mountain is still very good. Conditions on the North Side are especially sweet. We may be shaping up for a very good April. Joel Gratz's Opensnow.com forecast is intriguing. Right now I have every finger and every toe crossed. I am not stepping on lines and I am not looking at black cats. We just might be heading into an something very, very special.




April 3, 2018

  • 4:25pm

    Beautiful, very winter like day out in The Beavers today.

    As we designed the layout of The Beavers and The Steep Gullies, we really looked for a mix of both lift service and hiking. Next year, The Steep Gullies will be managed the same way they have been managed this year. That is definitely some intense, double black diamond terrain followed with a bit of a hike. Hiking out of The Beavers this season has been a lot of fun. That said, we look forward to installing the lift this summer and having the ability to share The Beavers with more people. It will be good to spread the skiers around even further. Remember, we are not adding parking, we are adding skiing. Having The Beavers Lift up and running will improve the experience all over the mountain.

    Someone asked if we could open The Beavers for a short time to hiking only at the beginning of the season. I don't see us doing that. While it would be fun for a smaller group, we look forward to sharing the place with everyone. Hiking will be available in The Steep Gullies, Bald Spot, Janitor's Only and The Cellar for most of the season. Over the years, some consistent and overwhelming clear feedback that I have received from our guests, is that, if we have the snow to open a lift or a trail, we should open it, and soon.



April 2, 2018

  • 7:08pm

    Come join us for the "Skinners' Breakfast" this Saturday, April 7 at Black Mountain Lodge. The uphill skiing phenomenon has been extraordinary, especially at A-Basin. We are constantly looking for ways to incorporate skinning into Basin activities. Currently, we do the BML Randonee Dinners and our Rando Race Series. Also many people that attend our other evening functions, tie a little skin in the night.

    We thought a Saturday morning breakfast at BML would be fun. Chefs Rybak and Vlass have created another special menu with chorizo enchiladas, braised short ribs eggs benedict, Nutella and banana crepes and much, much more. I will be there talking about the latest news and events at A-Basin. This is your chance to grill me with all your toughest questions. Actually, I love to hear from you guys, what you like what you would like to be different.

    For details and to make a reservation go to:

    https://www.arapahoebasin.com/event/skinners-breakfast/


April 1, 2018

  • 7:02pm

    Another wild weather day at The Basin. For an hour or two after dawn, we saw big, heavy, wet snowflakes coming down. As heavy and as fast as it came down, it stopped and the sun popped out for a bluebird afternoon. It was beautiful. April 1st is a challenging day to work at The Basin. I am always glad to see it in the rear view mirror.


March 31, 2018

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