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A-basin in mid april

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I saw a few threads about summit county in mid april but this one is specifically pertaining to A-basin.

 

So I will be heading to A-basin sometime during my spring break (April 13-19) to use my two exchange days at A-basin and I have a few questions.

 

First off, we will be able to get free rooms in Denver so will leaving early (like 6 or so) make a difference in traffic? and also how bad is the traffic on I-70 in April in general?

Will Zuma bowl still be open? I enjoy skiing corn and slush so I'm really hopeful it will be.

Will the terrain park be open to use as a bail out plan if it is one of those dreaded 30 degrees and cloudy spring days?

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I seriously doubt there will be any traffic issues at that time.  The only possible wrinkle is that they are starting work on the Westbound bore of the Twin Tunnels, but CDoT has stated that there will be no weekend work.  There have been a few delays to date, but those were after 11AM on weekdays (to the best of my knowledge).

 

Zuma should be open.  The issue is whether it warms up significantly.  A-Basin had an inbounds avalanche death 5-10 years ago from a wet slab.  As a result, they've been cautious about closing steep terrain when the temps rise and stay above freezing for a while (conditions that can lead to a wet slab avalanche).  To date, temps in Summit County have been pretty moderate; even though it was quite sunny today the temp when I left the gondola parking lot at Breck this afternoon was only 36.  So, I'd say that things are likely to be in good shape.

 

I don't spend anytime in the park (other to ride the super pipe at Copper now and then) so am no use to you about park status.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
 

I seriously doubt there will be any traffic issues at that time.  The only possible wrinkle is that they are starting work on the Westbound bore of the Twin Tunnels, but CDoT has stated that there will be no weekend work.  There have been a few delays to date, but those were after 11AM on weekdays (to the best of my knowledge)....

 

 

Agreed. But depending on where in Denver you are staying, don't forget about rush hour. And if it is a snowy morning, it will suck. Getting out of town is the problem some weekdays... 

 

The good news is ABasin has a great breakfast, so if you get up there early, just pig out for a while. 

 

(Do you know which hotel?)

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Will the terrain park be open to use as a bail out plan if it is one of those dreaded 30 degrees and cloudy spring days?

 

 

:ROTF:ROTF 

 

LOL

 

:ROTF

 

 

 

 

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MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH...EXCEPT NORTHWEST 40 TO 50 MPH AT
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