Thursday, June 8, 2017

We Will Have A Fantastic Closing Weekend

Bill and I just took a snowcat tour up to the Summit and back. I have three notable comments from the journey.

1. We saw 15-20 mountain goats hanging around on the Summit. Those animals are beautiful.

2. We are going to re-open the next 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 9, 10 and 11. We should have an incredible weekend of summer skiing. The forecast is for mostly sunny skies with temps hovering around 60. Most of the Upper Mountain (Lenawee Parks, Humbug, Lenawee Face, Norway, Cornice Run, West Wall, Dercum's Gulch and more) and about 1/2 of the Lower Mountain will be available for skiing and riding. The "Park Scene" will be taking off. I strongly encourage you to come out for three more fun filled days.

3. Lastly, Sunday, June 11 will definitely be the last day of the season. While I was originally optimistic we could get another weekend out of the place, that won't be the case.  This week's warm temperatures have really accelerated the snow melt and the runoff. The upcoming forecasted warm temperatures and sunny skies will only intensify that. We like to time the last weekend to have great snow and the next weekend to not quite have enough snow. We are there.

Thanks to everyone for a great season. See you over the next 3 days.




29 comments:

DaddySkier38 said...

Al, what about lake reveal!?!?

Doug Brown said...

Al, what is the status of Lake Reveal?

tgnorts said...

From the pics and the weather, not even close to as little coverage as previous years

Anonymous said...

This seems premature? In previous years, we have seen the snow cat drivers, sorry the "talented snow cat drivers", work feverishly to move snow around just enough, including closing half a run and moving snow on to the center of a run, to get one more weekend. Has A-basin stepped up it's "quality over quantity" this year? How much of this earlier closing is driven by the necessity to focus on the expansion and get roads clear to get trucks up to the top?

Anonymous said...

Is there even a lake reveal?

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so Al!
All the people need is High Noon and BMX. Guess it's off to other resorts :(

star ranger said...

Hey Al, what time are the chairs open in Friday?

Anonymous said...

But this week looks colder?

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Anonymous said...

This is really dissapointing, but saw this coming from a long way off. I can't imagine how much it costs to stay open into the summer every year.

Anonymous said...

Looks like more goats than usual, are they all EPIC pass holders?

David Norick said...
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Anonymous said...

Look at divide time lapse. Lake reveal has not shown.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

go biking!

Anonymous said...

I don't get it.

Where do all those goats:

Eat, sleep, and hang out,
I never see them when I'm there.

My guess: betw alleys and 6.
Food: take out Chinese.

city folk

Anonymous said...

THIS IS ABOUT EXPANSION, PERIOD! Utter nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Will uphill access be open after closing?

Anonymous said...

THE LEGEND IS OVER!!!

Anonymous said...

figuratively and literally

Anonymous said...

Went up today. No Lake Reveal was showing, but in the afternoon a couple of kids dug out about a 3' by 8' section with their ski poles which should be skimable (is that a word?) tomorrow.

This was by far the best I've seen the Basin on closing weekend. I was very happy to see West Wall open - we had a bunch of nice soft landings off the cornice. This should be a great weekend - bring your sunscreen and get there early. I was surprised by the lifts closing at 2:30pm today.

Patrick O'Sullivan said...

Wow
Enjoy the week end.
Go kayaking.
Ride your bike
Ski all summer.
Dream of next year
It's all good.
Just don't hate

Anonymous said...

It seems every year the basin keeps closing when there is still plenty of snow. In years past it remained open without top to bottom skiing.

Why are you closing with a 40" base, top to bottom coverage, and lake reveal not even present ?

Dave Proenneke said...

"""""This seems premature? In previous years, we have seen the snow cat drivers, sorry the "talented snow cat drivers", work feverishly to move snow around just enough, including closing half a run and moving snow on to the center of a run, to get one more weekend. Has A-basin stepped up it's "quality over quantity" this year? How much of this earlier closing is driven by the necessity to focus on the expansion and get roads clear to get trucks up to the top?"""""

^^ EXACTLY CORRECT ^^

Al, I have been a lifelong fan of yours but the truth is undeniable. Wish you'd be more honest.

Jim B. said...

Al, please answer this. Have you ever slept at the Basin? Was wondering if camping up at 11,000 feet on the pass would be hazardous to my health or not... I am from Denver @6000ft.

Any tips?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Youd be fine camped near 11k a lot when i do 14ers

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Jim B, I am not the one to comment on hazards to your health but, I lived in the caretaker apartment at The Basin for four years and have spent many a night here.

Anonymous said...

Why close when you have the snow?

Anonymous said...

Come to Mammoth.