Saturday, January 21, 2017

Treeline Terrain Park Preview

The Treeline Terrain Park is on the verge of opening. We have tweaked its location a bit, moving it slightly to the Northwest of past locations. Tyler thinks we will have a better pitch to set the features on. You can look forward to jumps, jibs, a whale tail and a quarter pipe. Be sure and check this out.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Latest Sustainability Report

We just posted the latest Arapahoe Basin Sustainability Report on our website. In it we outline our energy consumption, our solar energy production, our waste, recycling and compost stream and our sustainability initiatives. We describe the green elements of the Kids Center, share our Sustainability Goals and even offer a few tips to help you reduce your impacts. The report can be found at the link below.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Evening Photos

Enjoy these evening photos of Snow Plume Refuge and Black Mountain Lodge (thank you Marc Doucette).

Monday, January 16, 2017

Can We Have Too Much Snow ?

A lot of people have been asking, "Can we have too much snow?" The answer is yes and no, it all depends on your perspective.

If your time horizon is longer and you are looking at the entire season, I think the answer is, NO you can't have too much. There could be some worries of Spring flooding or avalanche cycles. Overall, however, more snow creates better conditions and the season lasts longer.

Now if your time horizon is much shorter, like the next hour or the next day, we can have too much snow. Big snowfalls can slow things down. Transportation on the hill goes slower. Snow removal takes longer. Avalanche work takes longer. There could be delays that take hours or days to get terrain open. On top of that, big snow storms complicates highway travel. 

So I say, the more snow the better.  It does creates a lot of work and getting to and getting up the mountain may take longer than you like. In the end, big snowfall means lots of great skiing. This last storm has shown the wait Tuesday and Wednesday was definitely worth the tremendous conditions that followed.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

3 North Pole Hikes

You read that right. The Ski Patrol opened The East Wall today. The North Pole, Middle and Lower gates were open. The Upper East Wall gate needs some more snowcat work and is still closed. Kay and I took 3 hikes through the North Pole gate and skied 2nd Notch, West Vertical Cornice and North Pole proper. All were outstanding with that first run down West Vert being creamy, over the top, absolutely, unbelievably phenomenal. Yes, that good. Maybe even better.

After our 2nd hike we were standing at the top of Little Lenawee Peak talking with a couple ski patrollers. Kay asked, "Are you guys burned out from 6 straight weeks of intense snow work?" Kyle Hagadorn replied, "Absolutely not. Giving people the chance to ski terrain like this is the highlight of my season." We owe that team in red a big thanks for this gift.

The Willy's staircase isn't too far away.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Filled In

With all this snow, everything is really filled in. I mean REALLY FILLED IN. The coverage is extraordinary and the East Wall looks fat. The Ski Patrol had another big day up there periodically making lots of noise.  We might be skiing North Pole from the top almost right away. Boy was the skiing fun. There is a lot to be excited about.

Holiday Weekend Tip - Get here early (or late), car pool, take the bus.

Friday, January 13, 2017

77 Inches In 9 Days

Since I was throwing numbers around yesterday, I should also mention we had 77 inches of snow between January 4 and 12. An impressive number considering the average snowfall for the entire month of January is 45 inches. The snow images everywhere you look are jaw dropping. The East Wall has plenty of snow. The Ski Patrol has done an extensive amount of work up there, but still has a lot to go. Throughout the days, we have heard a consistent stream of booms coming from their avalanche work. Keep looking East. We are shaping up for a stellar East Wall / East Wall hiking season.