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A-Basin opening tomorrow!!!!!

post #1 of 24
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Just announced on Channel 9. The white ribbon of death is opening tomorrow at A-Basin. Unfortunately I don't have an A- Basin pass. Tickets will be $43.00 tomorrow.
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
Unfortunately I don't have an A- Basin pass.
I do.

Who's going Saturday?
post #3 of 24
I'm in for Saturday. If I can shake off this stupid cold I have. : Anyone else?
post #4 of 24
welcome to the white ribbon of death!
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by lloyd braun View Post
welcome to the white ribbon of death!
Qu'est que ce???
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
Just announced on Channel 9.
Not that I don't trust you daysailer1, but I don't trust that showy channel 9...remember they ARE the news.

I know the guns have been going round the clock, but what the heck happened with Loveland?...I can't believe they would let their streak go...or did A-Basin finally have enough?
post #7 of 24
Awesome...hope you all are all going? Has Loveland opened yet?
post #8 of 24
Rocky Mountain News says: Nearby Loveland ski area, which has taken the prize in recent years, plans to open this weekend.
post #9 of 24
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Not that I don't trust you daysailer1, but I don't trust that showy channel 9...remember they ARE the news.

Check out the A Basin website. It's announced there too now. My Loveland pass is packed and ready to go. So's my rock/teaching snowboard.
post #10 of 24
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Unfortunately I don't have an A- Basin pass. Tickets will be $43.00 tomorrow.
BTW, you probably are aware, but the A-Basin/Keystone $99.00 4 packs are still available through 10/15. Not a bad deal mixing those up with some others. Not sure if they will still hold that price for the Colorado SnowSports Expo on 11/3...maybe someone else knows...
post #11 of 24
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BTW, you probably are aware, but the A-Basin/Keystone $99.00 4 packs are still available through 10/15. Not a bad deal mixing those up with some others. Not sure if they will still hold that price for the Colorado SnowSports Expo on 11/3...maybe someone else knows...
I'm sorta waiting to get my Winter Park employee pass and then I can "Real Deal" or "Gem" most Colorado resorts.
post #12 of 24
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I'm sorta waiting to get my Winter Park employee pass and then I can "Real Deal" or "Gem" most Colorado resorts.
Yup...that's the way to do it if you can. Good luck. See you at the Park and outside.

Say, since I will be in NYC working over the weekend, if you go or perhaps Faisasy, or anyone fortunate to make some runs, do a quick post write-up of the experience for those of us less fortunate

Good Skiing/Riding.
post #13 of 24
Personally I think they should open when nature dictates it...I mean, who really cares about opening first when it's all man made ice dust?
post #14 of 24
Still 6 more weeks of fall on the east coast says this Punxsutawney Phil.
post #15 of 24
I'll be there this weekend... anyone from springs going?
post #16 of 24

projected opening dates for Colorado

On the snow.com has published projected opening dates:
Arapahoe Basin 10/13/06
Aspen Highlands 12/09/06
Aspen Mountain 11/23/06
Beaver Creek 11/22/06
Breckenridge 11/10/06
Buttermilk 12/09/06
Copper Mountain 11/03/06
Crested Butte 11/18/06
Durango 11/23/06
Echo Mountain 11/22/06
Eldora 11/17/06
Howelsen 12/02/06
Keystone 11/10/06
Loveland SOON!
Monarch 11/22/06
Powderhorn 12/07/06
Silverton 11/23/06
Ski Cooper 11/23/06
Snowmass 11/23/06
Solvista 12/13/06
Steamboat 11/22/06
Sunlight 12/01/06
Telluride 11/23/06
Vail 11/17/06
Winter Park 11/15/06
Wolf Creek 11/03/06
post #17 of 24
Still too warm IMHO. Supposed to 75 down here tomorrow.
post #18 of 24
Loveland opened today. I saw a pair of skis in the rack on one of the vehicles I passed on the way down yesterday, and got passed by a channel 9 truck coming over Loveland Pass from A Basin. There was a buzz in Summit about the opening, but of course it's the white ribbon of death. It is skiing...
post #19 of 24
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Loveland opened today.
Wow. I haven't been to opening day at Loveland in a long time. That was awesome for the white ribbon of death. It wasn't at all dust on crust - yes the occasional ice patch but not mutch. And there weren't that many people there. And then .... the clouds moved in and started dumping snow!!! I had to clean at least two inches off my car at 3:30. That was totally worth the drive. I made four runs before heading off to the bar with the rest of ski school and catching up with everyone's season's plans/summer.
post #20 of 24
I skied loveland on saturday which was cool because it was not crowded. We then went to the Basin on Sunday. The run at a-basin was much better but it was so crowded that we only skied 3 runs and then left. We were even there when the lift first opened. I was just wondering from someone who has been around for while what will be next for A-basin??? It looks like they will have cold temps all week and should get snow on tuesday and wednesday. Do they puch up the mountain with snow making to open up another lift??? or do they just wait for natural cover and the line sucks from now until Keystone and Breck opening??

Thanks for the help
post #21 of 24
Re: A-Basin, I'm pretty sure they open up a couple more slopes on the lower half of the mountain, then work on the upper- but the upper half has to be opened due to natural snow, I think. Im' sure someone else here knows a lot more about it than me.
post #22 of 24
Thanks daysailer and Gretch for the comments on opening day. I saw the channel 9 video (showing both Basin and Loveland) on an NYC NBC affiliate in my hotel room. The news folks here kept talking about "get your reservations ready". The video did show some folks making some decent turns. It looked busy, but at least you two we're skiing.

Back home my wife said that channel 9 had two representatives from Basin and Loveland on Sunday morning talking about opening day and what’s next (to Gretch post). Sounds like "quality" not "quantity" of runs is paramount for both areas. They acknowledge the lines but will focus on maintaining the quality of what is there vs. expanding runs without consistent Mother Nature help. BTW, sounds like that Mother Nature help is coming Tuesday and Wednesday
post #23 of 24
I am crossing my fingers for the storms to pile on several feet this week. The good news is there is only three or four weekends till the scheduled opening of Breck and Keystone. One of those weekends I cannot ski because my parents will be in town from the Burgh. I just hope this coming weekend is a little better. I am confident things will steadily improve once November hits. All in all you cannot complain to much when you get to ski the second weekend in October. I must say although the elevation can be a little rough at the beginning of the season (read out of shape) it really is nice to have such high mountains like we do in Summit County. It really extends the season compared to other places. Sleeping at 10,000 feet plastered above Breck can cause a bit of a hangover though...good thing I am still young!!
post #24 of 24
I skied at Loveland Sunday for a few hours. It was quite decent for mid-October; some overnight snow softened up the surface some. There was almost no wait for the lift, either.

A-Basin has made snow on the upper mountain in the past couple of years; I recall seeing snowguns on Norway face. When Lenawee face opens they tend to have a "switchback" at the top to get you down the upper fifty feet or so, then it's covered with (I assume) man-made snow down through Dercum's Gulch. The top of Lenawee can be brutally windy and cold early in the season, though, so I've never gone there much early.
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