Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hot Wheels

After a dry evening, the skies let losing and it snowed very heavily from about 8:00 to 9:30 this morning. Mother Nature dropped 2-3 inches of snow in a hurry. I made my way to the North Side finding excellent snow on The Face, The Spine and North Glade. By 10:30ish, much of it was still untouched. Beautiful skiing and Hot Wheels was a hoot. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Employee Ski Party

Our gang was due for a mid season party. This afternoon we ran the lifts for our employees for about an hour after the lifts closed. We followed that with dinner in the A-Frame and a good raffle. Several people won Ski and Soak trips and will be heading off for a little ski and hot spring vacation. Employees shindigs like this are part of what makes working at The Basin so much fun.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snow Safety Sunrise

The Snow Safety team was in early this morning (as usual). Yesterday's storm had some winds that created some interesting snow pockets to work with. They spent much of yesterday on the East Wall and are out there bright and early again this morning. Much of the snow safety work involves being out and about during cold, dark and windy times. Other times, the crew catches breathtaking vistas including this beautiful sunrise. This photo was taken this morning looking towards Loveland Pass from the entrance to West Zuma Bowl.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1st Notch

This afternoon I met 9 year old Ben down by the mountain goats. He was sporting a pretty big smile. Ben had just guided his Dad up the North Pole hike. They skied 1st Notch for the first time and Ben made sure Dad made it down in one piece. Nice work Ben.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Hint Of Spring

Well, the days are a little longer. We just had a beautiful week of sunny weather. The Beach scene is starting to brew up. The Spine looks as good as ever. We still have a lot of winter to go. Odds are that there is still 15-20 feet of snow to fall before the season is over. That said, I always think of President's Day weekend as the first hint of Spring. I especially like those longer days.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bustang Snowstang

The Colorado Department of Transportation is running a new bus service to several ski areas this winter. The bus will run to A-Basin twice. The first trip was last Saturday. The next one will be Saturday, February 25. For more details and to make reservations go to:

This is a great idea and CDOT deserves big kudos. Anything to reduce the number of vehicles on I-70 and reduce the demand for parking is a good thing. Give it a try and let someone else do the driving on Saturday, February 25.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beacon Bowl Update

We had another very successful Beacon Bowl. There were some friendly rivalries in the competitions. We threw a heck of a party in the A-Frame. Some people picked up a few more tips on using their beacons. A number of vendors shared their fine goods in the Base Area tents. All and all, it was a fun day.

I would like to thank everyone that came, participated and contributed to the event. While we are still collecting the last Silent Auction payments, it appears that we raised about $14,000 for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Great cause, great event, great people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Not Just Rio's Handler

Arapahoe Basin's Assistant Ski Patrol Director Matt Norfleet is known to many of you as Rio the avalanche dog's handler. To many others, Matt is known as an incredibly strong member of the U.S. Whitewater Rafting Team. In mid January, he and seven of his teammates, launched at Lee's Ferry in a custom built 48 foot raft with the intention of breaking the Grand Canyon speed record of 34 hours and two minutes. At any one time, the raft had six people rowing, one steering and one resting. After 20 hours the crew reached The Canyon's biggest rapid, Lava Falls, in the dark and on pace to beat the record. An equipment failure in the guts of that maelstrom forced a multi hours repair on the beach below the rapid. In their first attempt, the team completed the 277 mile journey, just missing the record, in 39 hours and 24 minutes. This was truly an amazing feat.

Phil Lindeman at the Summit Daily wrote an excellent article on the journey that can be found at the link below.

The project was sponsored and documented by Chaco. A film of the journey is being shown at the REI Flagship store in Denver March 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM. Details can be found at the link below.