December 12, 2018

December 5, 2018

  • 9:58pm

    I found some exceptional snow in Marmot today. Packed nicely and very soft, the turns were sweet. Just below timberline I cut left to the bottom corner of Beaver Bowl. There, I found one of our new picnic decks. Not a bad place to catch your breath, eat a sandwich, chat with friends or soak in the view.

    Looking at the webcams this evenings, it looks like we have 3 or 4 inches of new snow since closing. The morning should deliver some very nice skiing. Towards the end of the day Thursday, look for an update on the Montezuma Bowl opening.


December 4, 2018

  • 9:13pm

    We continue to have Ski Patrol and Snow Cat teams all over Montezuma Bowl. In the photos, you can see extensive ski cutting. The snow in West Zuma and MGD is quite good. If we can stay on task, we hope to have our work buttoned up in the next couple of days. It is quite possible we could see some limited openings in West Zuma and MGD in addition to the conventional openings of Columbine and Larkspur.

    MGD is Max, Groswold and Durrance, three of the A-Basin original founding members. The other two founding members were Jump and Schauffler who both have trails named after them in West Zuma.



December 3, 2018

  • 8:21pm

    It has been a great first week in The Beavers. I know a number of you have really had a good time. Some of you have been dis-satisfied with how difficult Loafer and Davis are and that they have moguls. The snowcats have now traveled both trails top to bottom. As we get more and more snow, the cats will be able to travel Loafer and Davis more and more and there will be less and less moguls.

    Loafer and Davis are much like our blue trails West Wall, Norway, Lenawee Parks and Dragon. When we open those trails initially, the snow is not groomed and moguls form. Right now there is a particularly tricky mogul stretch on Norway. With more snow, we start grooming those areas and eventually they become regularly groomed. Often mogul lines exist adjacent to the groomed areas. It is OK to have moguls on blue trails. Dragon is rarely groomed and has bumps all season long. While both longer, Loafer and Davis are not any more difficult than the other trails mentioned above.

    No doubt, because of their length, Loafer and Davis offer challenges. If you don't like them now, wait for more snow, check our grooming report and give them a try one morning after they have been groomed.


    Davis after grooming

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December 2, 2018

  • 8:34pm

    I took a few laps in Montezuma Bowl today. These pictures tell the whole story. The place looks great. The snowcats have created a good tilled surface all the way to the top of the Columbine Step (last little steep pitch on Columbine). Within a night or two they should be to the bottom of the lift. The crew will keep plugging away back there. We might even see a little snow tomorrow to help us out.



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December 4, 2018
We continue to have Ski Patrol and Snow Cat teams all over Montezuma Bowl. In the photos, you can see extensive ski cutting. The snow in West Zuma and MGD is quite good. If we can stay on task, we hop...
December 2, 2018
I took a few laps in Montezuma Bowl today. These pictures tell the whole story. The place looks great. The snowcats have created a good tilled surface all the way to the top of the Columbine Step (las...
November 28, 2018
Zuma Bowl has fared well with all this snow. Our snowfences are phat with snow. The cat drivers have been down Columbine getting close to Tower 14. They have also been out Zuma Cornice. Prior to the 2...