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post #61 of 122

Great day at Abasin today.  Get up tomorrow if you can.  It was snowing on and off all day.  Probably two inches total that really freshened everything up.  It was snowing pretty good when we left.

 

It was pretty cold and felt like winter all day, making everything firm in the morning.  It slowly softened all day.  When we left about 3 everything was soft, almost slushy at the bottom.  Very nice corn up top with the new snow on top.  Work the elevation and sun exposure in the morning to find the soft stuff.  

 

The bumps on Ramrod are super fun, getting pretty big, and even a few decent lines.  Fun Day. 

 

It was a legit day of good skiing, with pics to prove it for the disbelievers.  Captions are in the gallery (click on the pic to read).

 

Great snow for May 29th!

 

Very wintery for almost June.

 

East Wall from the lift.

 

Mixed weather all day.

 

West wall was really nice in the morning since it faces East.

 

It sure looked like winter up there today.

 

A couple inches on top of firm bumps in the morning, slushy by afternoon.

 

Ramrod bumps rock! Thank you A-basin for letting these poor innocent bumps live!

 

Looking back from Loveland Pass driving home.


Edited by tball - 5/29/13 at 9:45pm
post #62 of 122

I could use one more shot of winter. Tomorrow morning sounds perfect.

post #63 of 122

How's Exhibition? Looks like a lot o bare spots. Still looks better than our last day out there.
 

post #64 of 122
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How's Exhibition? Looks like a lot o bare spots. Still looks better than our last day out there.
 

 

Exhibition has been closed for a week or so, thus all the excitement about bumps on RAMROD!

 

I'm embarrassed to post this picture of closed Exhibition after the Killington pics above.   We really should be skiing this.  There is a clear white path all the way down:

 

Exhibition has been closed for a while, thus all the excitement about RAMROD!

post #65 of 122

4 inches new at A-basin today!  ~2 of that fell overnight.  I think today is going to be at least as good as yesterday.   It's very much worth the trip! 

 

My guess on conditions today based on yesterday:  Low temp of 24 last night so it will be nice and firm and a bit crunchy in the morning.  High forecast of 44 and sunny today vs. 38 and mostly cloudy yesterday, so it's going to soften up faster and should be full on spring conditions, but not too slushy this afternoon.   Unfortunately I've got to get some work done today :-(

post #66 of 122

Powder Alert!  It's dumping at A-basin right now.  

 

There is at least another inch or two since the report at 5am.  Radar shows a nice size cell sitting over most of Summit County.   The sidewalk on this picture from the base was clear an hour ago and is now covered.

 

post #67 of 122

Powder Alert Update - I-70 was closed in both directions at the tunnel this morning.  The snow let up for a while, but another band is coming through right now.  Winter is full on at A-basin.  Tomorrow should be very nice if you can make it.  Can't wait to hear from folks who make it up today.

 

From: http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

post #68 of 122
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 Winter is full on at A-basin.  

Indeed. My mini TR:

 

AppleMark

 

 

From I-70 to Loveland Pass:

 

 

Shitshow begins -- quite a few big rigs had not gotten the "chain law" memo, and I was in my son's car, which is FWD with snow tires. Well, it turns and stops just fine, but I could tell that going uphill on unplowed slushy roads, I was not going to get started again once I stopped, which led to the hairiest trip I can remember up the first quarter mile. I was weaving in and out of stuck trucks and I passed two tankers when I was definitely in no-passing zones. Be glad you were not my passenger. But dammit I was not stopping. 

 

 

Whew, I made it.

 

AppleMark

 

Top of Exhibition, moguls are almost gone.

 

AppleMark

 

 

 

First trip with any visibility up Lenawee:

 

 

 

 

Random people enjoying the snow:

 

AppleMark

 

 

It wasn't super duper deep, but it was really nice to feel that snow pouring up and over the knees again.

 

Seeya later! Maybe next weekend, maybe next fall....

 

AppleMark

post #69 of 122
This thread should just be renamed "torture".
post #70 of 122
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Indeed. My mini TR:

 

 

 

 

From I-70 to Loveland Pass:

 

 

 

Shitshow begins -- quite a few big rigs had not gotten the "chain law" memo, and I was in my son's car, which is FWD with snow tires. Well, it turns and stops just fine, but I could tell that going uphill on unplowed slushy roads, I was not going to get started again once I stopped, which led to the hairiest trip I can remember up the first quarter mile. I was weaving in and out of stuck trucks and I passed two tankers when I was definitely in no-passing zones. Be glad you were not my passenger. But dammit I was not stopping. 

 

 

 

Whew, I made it.

 

AppleMark

 

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

It wasn't super duper deep, but it was really nice to feel that snow pouring up and over the knees again.

 

Seeya later! Maybe next weekend, maybe next fall....

Were you wearing the helmet on the ride up?

Ya know you're missing a chrome piece in the front. Otherwise, coat/goggles/helmet all are matching!

You couldn't see much coming down from the top could ya?

Looks great though! Will they extend the season?

post #71 of 122
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Were you wearing the helmet on the ride up?

Ya know you're missing a chrome piece in the front. Otherwise, coat/goggles/helmet all are matching!

You couldn't see much coming down from the top could ya?

Looks great though! Will they extend the season?

1. Had I known what it was going to be like, I would have!

 

2. Actually, I'm not. I noticed that once, and investigated, and I can't remember what the point is, but that's how it's made

 

 

3. At times, no. The first trip, especially, was "interesting." No visibility, and a bit of crust under the snow ... yeah, I found myself in some interesting back seats now and again. But then it got a little better (still snowing, but there was definition) and I could at least see from the lift where I should go. Plenty of fresh turns to be had. I still had to stop occasionally to let the vertigo subside, but the later it got, the better. I had to leave at about 11:15 (an appt downtown at 1), I see it brightened way up later.

 

4. Depends on what the weather is like next week, I think it's supposed to get pretty warm. It just melts so fast once it gets in the 50s, you know? 

post #72 of 122
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1. Had I known what it was going to be like, I would have!

 

2. Actually, I'm not. I noticed that once, and investigated, and I can't remember what the point is, but that's how it's made

 

 

3. At times, no. The first trip, especially, was "interesting." No visibility, and a bit of crust under the snow ... yeah, I found myself in some interesting back seats now and again. But then it got a little better (still snowing, but there was definition) and I could at least see from the lift where I should go. Plenty of fresh turns to be had. I still had to stop occasionally to let the vertigo subside, but the later it got, the better. I had to leave at about 11:15 (an appt downtown at 1), I see it brightened way up later.

 

4. Depends on what the weather is like next week, I think it's supposed to get pretty warm. It just melts so fast once it gets in the 50s, you know? 


Abasin - you're in training for low visibility Euro skiing above treeline.

The helmet- because left and right turns are rarely the same?? This gives you a reason.

post #73 of 122
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The helmet- because left and right turns are rarely the same?? This gives you a reason.

Good enough!

post #74 of 122
The season has been extended:

http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2013/05/lets-extend-season.html

One more 3 day weekend 6/7 - 6/9
post #75 of 122

Would the East Wall open up again? I take it no for Palli.
 

post #76 of 122
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Would the East Wall open up again? I take it no for Palli.
 

 

Not at chance for either, but what's open was way more fun than I expected.  Especially Falcon, West Wall, and RAMROD!

post #77 of 122
I was up in the afternoon. Got up at 5:30, wide awake for some reason, and managed to leave home at 10:40.

Skied from 1:00 to 4:00. Conditions were fairly manky up top and didn't change much up to the point Lewanee closed. Mid-mountain to base slushed a bit by mid afternoon, but it was fast slush. Snow showers blew through the whole afternoon and not much sun, was 30 degrees when I arrived and didn't get much warmer. I stopped in at A-Frame for a vertigo calming beer (never ate anything getting up there so late) at about 3 and then did a few runs on the lower mountain.

I did get to try my new to me Rocker2 92's, and per the sale ad they do in fact need a tune and wax...really.... They were fun in the mank, less so down lower and got swapped out for the final cruising runs on the LX82's.

So I missed the rush, but it was fun and I had no near head on collisions with FWD drivers....
post #78 of 122
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

The season has been extended:

http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2013/05/lets-extend-season.html

One more 3 day weekend 6/7 - 6/9

Oh yes ... I was thinking he meant possibly past that. 

post #79 of 122

That might be me and my daughter in your picture.  We skied the lower half of Ramrod about four times before lunch, and (as you can tell from your picture) hardly anybody else did.   Hope my form looks OK (I'm the skier on the right, she's the boarder on the left, probably).  cool.gif  It turned out to be a much better day than I was expecting early on; the 2" or so of snow was nice and creamy once the frozen chunks underneath softened up a little, and the intermittent graupel flurries only stung a little bit.  We made one trip up to Lenawee about 10 am and found 200' visibility, so spent most of the morning on the lower runs.  A nice day, overall.

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Mid day report from the aframe. Get up here! Really nice inch or so on slush or crust depending on elevation, exoosure and time of day.

Yeah, bumos on ramrod
post #80 of 122
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24 hours earlier I passed a group of road bikers about this same spot on a clear road.  Gotta love Colorado in the Spring!  Glad you made it up and back safely and had fun.  Unfortunately, you are now required to be an expert witness in every snow tire/FWD thread smile.gif

post #81 of 122

Meanwhile, the San Juans haven't seen snow since April, most of runoff has happened, fire danger is extreme, and runoff hasn't even been enough to fill some local reservoirs to the level of the boat ramps...  :/

post #82 of 122
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That might be me and my daughter in your picture.  We skied the lower half of Ramrod about four times before lunch, and (as you can tell from your picture) hardly anybody else did.   Hope my form looks OK (I'm the skier on the right, she's the boarder on the left, probably).  cool.gif  It turned out to be a much better day than I was expecting early on; the 2" or so of snow was nice and creamy once the frozen chunks underneath softened up a little, and the intermittent graupel flurries only stung a little bit.  We made one trip up to Lenawee about 10 am and found 200' visibility, so spent most of the morning on the lower runs.  A nice day, overall.

 

That's really funny.  It's a small skiing world at the end of May!

 

Here are a couple more pics I pulled off my phone for your family photo album.  No doubt it's a skier and snowboarder.  It must have been you, since we were the only folks on the run.  

 

Another pic of jrbd and daughter skiing ramrod

 

jrbd and daughter skiing ramrod

 

Them were some fun bumps once the ice under the 2 inches softened.  Yeah Ramrod bumps!  I laugh thinking about how excited I get for bumps on what's normally a meh blue run.  Thank you A-basin for stopping the brutal grooming on Ramrod after Exhibition closes.  It makes late season skiing so much more fun for many of us.

 

FYI, I was the guy in the blue jacket and orange pants.  It looks like you're on to me in that last pic, as you're turned around looking up hill wondering why you are being stalked.  You can't get away from the epicski paparazzi smile.gif

post #83 of 122

Here's a vid of me skiing bumps on the legendary Ramrod Wed, in case anyone is on the fence about skiing A-basin this weekend (and as torture for those that can't smile.gif).  Easy on my old man bump technique, as that's my third run ever on my new AC30 rock skis I picked up for $80 on craigslist!

 

post #84 of 122
Here are some pics from later in the day. Just a trip visual for the afternoon.

From the Loveland Pass switchback at 12:30. Temp was 30F. For those following the various current A-Basin threads but aren't familiar....left of the lift (not the trail under the lift) in this pic is the much mentioned Ramrod, High Noon to the left of that, and then Sundance.



Lower lot, probably still 80% full.



From Lenawee, first break...but was snowing again at the top. The West Wall runs are to the right of this pic. I did 6 or 7 runs up top, everything I hit was fully tracked out and choppy with some small afternoon bumps forming in places.



Loveland Pass on the return at 4:15.



From the top of Loveland Pass looking northwest.



And back home where the trees have finally decided to trust in Spring.

post #85 of 122

Well Killington is most definitely fried since it's in the 90's now.

 

Posted by Naybreak:

 

 

That should go in pic of the day. Ridiculous amount of snow!

post #86 of 122
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Loveland Pass on the return at 4:15.


 

 

 

Not bad! I'm so glad you took that ... I was in no shape to take photos on the way up, but I was looking at it. And I decided to return via Silverthorne to make sure I made my appt yesterday. But 2 years ago, 5/25/11, going the other way:

 

post #87 of 122
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Not bad! I'm so glad you took that ... I was in no shape to take photos on the way up, but I was looking at it. And I decided to return via Silverthorne to make sure I made my appt yesterday. But 2 years ago, 5/25/11, going the other way:



I know...that point just says "hell yes I am skiing today!"
post #88 of 122

It's been a great spring for skiing in Colorado, but it might be time to move on to the realities of summer.    A-basin might get a little snow tonight, but the forecast is pretty warm through the final weekend.

 

A-basin 5/29/2013, 5 days ago : 

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Powder Alert!  It's dumping at A-basin right now.  

 

There is at least another inch or two since the report at 5am.  Radar shows a nice size cell sitting over most of Summit County.   The sidewalk on this picture from the base was clear an hour ago and is now covered.

 

 

A-basin this afternoon 6/4/2014:

 

 

Say goodbye to the old A-frame deck:

 

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post #89 of 122
Say goodbye to the old A-frame deck:

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Crap! I just discovered that deck! Never crowded, away from the noise. Do you know what is going to happen in its place?
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Crap! I just discovered that deck! Never crowded, away from the noise. Do you know what is going to happen in its place?

 

I heard they were renovating the 6th alley bar.   Don't worry, that's prime real estate with a view, so I'm sure they'll do it up right.

 

I looked over on Al's blog and didn't see a mention of the renovations, but I did see this photo I had to share.  It's a timelapse of snowcats working at A-basin at night, an appropriate good night to some great spring skiing there this year.

 

Taken by Garret Fisher, source: http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-basin-at-night.html

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