Monday, April 24, 2017

Ski Tour Near The Basin

Kay, Whitney and I went for a great little ski tour about 2 miles SE of Montezuma Bowl Sunday morning. I always enjoy getting a perspective of The Basin that I do not normally see.  Nice to see how the place fits into the neighborhood. 

If you zoom in on the upper left corner of the upper photo you can see the trails in West Zuma, the top of Zuma Lift and the backside of Little Lenawee, The Notches and North Pole. The peak in the center is Lenawee Mountain (top of East Wall). The two big summits on the right are Torreys Peak (14, 267') and Grays Peak (14,270').

And the skiing and skinning was pretty darn fun.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday Was A Beauty

Saturday was one of those amazing Spring Arapahoe Basin days. I took this photo at mid mountain at 9:45 yesterday morning. The East Wall, including the hiking, was open. Great snow everywhere. Excellent deck action at the restaurants. Lots of people participating in Earth Day activities. Good, good fun.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Storm Total - 9 Inches

The storm is moving out after dropping 9 inches of snow. The skiing yesterday was good all over. Pali and its nooks and crannies (see photo below) were great fun and I heard a report of excellent conditions in Willy's Wide. We should see 2 or 3 mostly sunny days and then lots of snowflakes appear in the forecast again. Darn good conditions out there.


Friday, April 21, 2017

4 Inches And Still Snowing

Winter has definitely returned. Today 4" and yesterday's 3" gives us 7" so far and it is still snowing. Looks like today will be fun.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Faceshot Gully

Here is a photo I took in Faceshot Gully this afternoon. It is one of the gladed trails in The Beavers. From the West Wall Saddle, it is the gully heading almost straight West. It is already very good skiing. We will do a very small amount of tree removal opening the lines up just a bit making the skiing incredible. You will love the sliding in this zone.

......And it just started snowing again.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stormy April Day and Earth Day

Today was a classic stormy April day. It snowed off and on all day long. We collected a couple inches of snow by the time the lifts closed and it looks like we have received another inch or two more since then. Opensnow.com is forecasting decent snowfall Thursday and Friday and another storm next week. There may be powder days in our future.

Join us Saturday for our Earth Day Celebration. We are partnering with POW and you can expect an apres ski party, raffles and FREE Smartwool socks for the first couple hundred carpoolers. For details, check out:

http://arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/mountain/calendar.aspx?id=efc362b8-0a62-46d5-b811-10024a05f23b




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

I sometimes find myself in very interesting situations. 
Happy Easter.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Zuma Spring Skiing

I found some excellent skiing in Montezuma Bowl today. An afternoon ski on Schauffler found perfect spring conditions. It was soft and fun to turn in but not too gloppy.  The high temperature at mid-mountain was 42F. We have entered prime Spring Skiing which makes perfect sense since there is snow in the forecast for next week.