Saturday, September 24, 2016

Good Storm

It was snowing heavily as I left the ski area yesterday afternoon. I arrived to a beautiful snowy scene this morning. In the base area there is probably 3-4" of new snow. I suspect more up on the hill. Our temperatures just got down into the snowmaking realm this morning. We didn't quite pull the trigger on making snow expecting the window of opportunity was just a little too small. A good sign none the less. Moisture on the hill and temperatures starting to be consistently colder ---- I like it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Typical Fall Day

Yep, this is your typical September 23 at The Basin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last Week's Snow

Here is a shot of last week's snow with some golden aspens leaves on the left. It looks like we have a decent snowstorm brewing for the weekend.

Monday, September 19, 2016


The aspens in  and around Summit County are in their beautiful Fall form. I heard on the news the fall change is about a week ahead of schedule. Walking or riding my bike through through those golden leaves is one of my favorite experiences each year. Over the weekend, Kay and I enjoyed a mountain bike ride over near Boreas Pass. The temperature and wind were a wee bit crisp and the colors were spectacular. Be sure to get that Fall hike/ride in soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top Versus Bottom

Yesterday and today there were some very good questions and comments on snowmaking and the sequencing of trails. Specifically, someone asked why we don't start with the Upper Mountain for opening instead of opening High Noon and Black Mountain Express.

Despite the Upper Mountain being a little colder, we can get High Noon open faster than Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch. The Upper Mountain trail is about twice as long and requires significantly more water to open. Also, while downloading skiers on Black Mountain Express is do-able, downloading is not ideal for the busy early season days. There would be a lot of skiers waiting to download BMX.  It would be great to open High Noon and Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch and BMX and Lenawee Mountain Lift all at the same time, but we do not have the water resources to do that.

By going with High Noon, I think we get the earliest possible opening.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

On The Hill

The snowmaking equipment is on the hill. The crew has been running water through the pipes and they have checked all the electrical connections. The reservoir is full. We are ready. Snowmaking will commence just as soon as we have favorable weather conditions. We typically fire up the system when the wet bulb temperature drops below 28 F for a a few hours. We will be tracking the weather forecasts and monitoring temperature and humidity conditions on an hourly basis. soon as it gets cold enough.

Friday, September 16, 2016


A little bit of green, a little bit of yellow, a little bit of red, a little bit of blue and A LITTLE BIT OF WHITE. The Fall days around here can be fantastic.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Snow To The Base Area

Last night was very stormy around here. The snow line dropped to Base Area Level. There were some stunning images driving to work today. Down low the aspens are turning bright yellow. Up high the peaks are covered with a dusting of snow. All around the enthusiasm for the coming winter is rising. A few more weeks..............