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A-basin in late May

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Im finally graduating this may, and im proably relocating somewhere out west(not exactly sure where yet). Anyways, i noticed that A-basin stays open until early July and was wondering if anyone thought it would be worth stopping there for a day. What are the conditions normally like at that time as far as how much of the mountain is open, and how has the snow been up there this year?

post #2 of 8
Not too much snow this year so far, it's getting better, but you never know what can come in spring, two years ago, they got close to 100 inches in May. That month I skied a-basin like 10 times and it was great every day. Last year, I don't think it snowed all spring. The spring months are usually kind to the basin though. I would say if they get some snow, like around 6 feet or so in the next month or two it would be worth it, also if your in Colorado there is tons of backcountry coming into shape that time of year, if you're willing to hurt for the vert!!!! hope this helps.
post #3 of 8
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I dont mine hurtin for the vert. im taking about 8 or 9 days to get out there, depending on where i end up(proably SLC), and ive given my self 4 or 5 days to go through Colorado, because there are some areas i want to see. I have a tentative plan that looks like this:

Day 1
Depart Denver and ski at A-basin
stay somewhere around Avon

Day 2
Head down to twin Lakes on either 24 or 91. This is part of the "Top of the Rockies" Scenic Drive. Then South to Poncha Springs and West to Gunnison.

Day 3
Take the "West Elk Loop" from Gunnison North on 135 to Crested Butte(the only place ive skiied in Co.) and on around to Sapinero. Then South to Ouray.

Day 4
Takes San Juan Skyway south to Durango, then North to Telluride.

Day 5
Drive from Telluride to Grand Junction, and on into Utah

If you have any suggestions on sites to see along these byways, some areas i could do some backcountry near them, or if you think i should go somewhere else, let me know.

P.S. Are Crested Butte and Telluride Hikeable during that time period?

post #4 of 8
no crested butte and telluride will probly be all but done for any kinda snow on the mtn. seein as the butte closes on sunday. theres still some good terrain at a-basin in may on the east wall. pali will be closed, which is bumps and chutes and trees, but the above treeline stuff will still be decent
post #5 of 8
When I lived in SomeWhat . . . excuse me . . . SUMMIT County. I found that even during the worst snow years, during the spring and summer the East Wall of A-Basin had skiing that would have made all the Tuckermans crowd go insane with jealousy. I think you'll have a good time.

Since you are going to be driving through the San Juans - get a some topo maps and keep your eyes peeled, you'll see steep skiable lines all over the place in the that corner of CO.

Damn, I'm gettin homesick! <FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by Gravity (edited April 05, 2001).]</FONT>
post #6 of 8
Damn!! That's a lot of driving. 4 or 5 days in Colorado is kinda of tough, you couldn't do all the skiing or hiking in CO in 4 or 5 years, so that being said. You need to be aware if you are going to be doing any backcountry that you really need to get an early start, usually you'll want to start skiing no more than 2 or 3 hours after sunrise, depending on slope aspect, to avoid wet slides and if you are hiking you need to be off the mountain around 2pm, to avoid lightning. It sounds like your trip is going to be more like 4 or 5 hours driving get to a place and hang out which will make pursuing any backcountry adventures somewhat problematic.

I'd recommend driving to Crested Butte after skiing A-Basin, spend two days in CB, there are lot's of bc opportunities around there, then drive to Ouray (beautiful) or Telluride (never been) spend a day or two there.

Good luck!!
post #7 of 8
Was at A-Basin Sunday and was told by a liftie that plan is, unless they get a very significant pounding or two, to close approx. June 11.

For what that's worth.
post #8 of 8
Dumped for the past 24 hours today at A-Basin. I have heard 12-24. Bob B. says 12 at Copper. I've heard reports of 30 at Breck. A-Basin will be fine this spring.
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