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September 14, 2017

  • 1:28pm

    OK, some, but not all of you, have to be wondering where the names Loafer and Davis came from. When Ralston Purina bought A-Basin in 1978, they did a wonderful job overhauling the lifts, renovating the buildings and, generally speaking, giving The Basin a great boost. They also caused a little grumbling by changing a lot of trail names including all of those on the Lower Mountain.

    Wrangler was Lark. North Fork was The Brook Trail. Sundance was Davis. High Noon was Loafer. Ramrod was Molly Hogan.  Being nostalgic and tipping our hat to the original founders, we are bringing back some of those original names with Loafer and Davis. I am not sure the origin of Loafer, but Davis is named after Slim Davis. He was one of the original Forest Service Rangers at A-Basin and he was very involved with ski area development throughout Colorado. He was a true Colorado Ski Pioneer.

    Below is a 1965 Ski Patrol Work Map showing many of the old names. And, yes, the T-50 Poma ran from near mid-mountain, up Radical to near the top of Pali. Enjoy the map.

September 13, 2017

  • 10:31am

    We have now completed our grading on Davis. This trail starts at the West Wall Saddle. It is easily accessible from either the Top of Pali or The Summit. The upper portion of Davis is a graded cat walk. The trail will provide access to some tremendous tree skiing in Face Shot Gully, Thick and Thin, Bailey Brothers and all the terrain in between. There are some good lines above Davis (far skiers' right of Ptarmagin) that will be impacted by the cat walk, but with the exceptional tree work our saw crew has done below, we have, overall, really, really enhanced the skiing. Skiers can come off the Summit, ski the far right side of Ptarmagin, negotiate the Davis crossing and have a ripping run through the glades below. If you have the legs and lungs, this will be a sweet, 1,500 vertical foot, non-stop ski to the bottom of The Beavers Lift (2018-19 season).

    The trail crew has done some really fine work re-vegging this grading. Our excavation contractor made the cat walk as small as possible. The staff saved a lot of the original tundra sod and replanted it. Native seed was spread across bare soil and re-veg mats were installed. The mats provide shade for seedling and allow moisture to stay in place. They also slow water and minimize erosion. The mats are quite visible now, but over a year or two, the plants regrow and the mats degrade naturally. 

September 12, 2017

September 11, 2017

  • 12:48pm

    Within the ski area boundary, I think there are two small patches of snow left out on the Cornice Run. There are some years that patches in this zone never completely melt before snow starts accumulating again in October. These patches are getting pretty small so I am not sure if they will last another month or not. While not skiable, snow left in September is still a bit noteworthy.

September 10, 2017

  • 3:08pm

    Our snowmaking team is working hard getting the system ready to go. The fan guns are out on the hill. Last week we started diverting water and the reservoir should be full soon.

    Each snowamking fan gun requires water from a hydrant and a pipeline and high voltage electricity. We have literally miles and miles of buried snowmaking water pipelines and power lines. Over the summer weird things happen, ground shifts, critters chew lines, pipes rust, etc. Last week the team checked all the power supplies. All the guns were working well. This week we will start pumping water to test the pumps, the pipelines and the hydrants.

    Our typical start date for snowmaking is late September or early October. Mother Nature calls that shot.

September 9, 2017

  • 9:11am

    I spent most of Friday out wandering (walking and driving) on the hill checking on current projects. I started over in the Lower Alleys and ended up on The Summit. On a nice little side hike, I walked to the Middle East Wall gate and ventured out on The Wall a little bit. The wildlife viewing was excellent, seeing mountain goats, marmots, pikas and a coyote. The views of Little Lenawee Peak from that zone are particularly good.

September 7, 2017

  • 4:06pm

    Our Summer Projects have also included some grading near the top of Pallavicini Lift. We achieved two objectives. One, we widened the unload area a bit to the South. As people like to gather and talk and catch up, space for milling around has always been in short supply there.  Yes, a few people like to chit chat up there. Now there is more room for people to spread out.

    The second component is that we graded a cat track from the top of Pali to the top of The Nose. In the past we have always made this snow road out of, well, snow. As a result, some years it took weeks or months to get established. Now with just a little bit of snow, skiers and riders will have very easy access to The Nose, West Wall and Davis trail in The Beavers.

September 4, 2017

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