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Anyone skiing here Saturday knows how cold as it was; -14 F at base at 8:30 AM. Snow was outstanding although after 2 or 3 runs we’d head in for a quick warm up and then back out. Once the sun made its way over the East Wall, Patrol opened Pali lift and after issuing some warnings, let those that wished to drop in off Pali cornice help pack everything down. Outstanding snow and nice to finally get in there. No pics as it was just to cold to glove off for the camera.

Coming back for more on Sunday…

Tsavo sets the tone for the day:




A look over at Grizzly Peak, East Wall and Lenawee Lift as the clouds and snow recede. Good news; after jumping off Lenawee lift you could see and hear Zuma lift running at top speed for some operational testing...Montezuma soon to open :




Tsavo gives ‘thumbs up’ on conditions before she and Betsy slide away:




Betsy accelerates:




Tsavo finds out she needs longer poles or bigger baskets:




Tsavo carves by:




The three amigos before last run of a great day sliding; near Norway lift:

post #2 of 16

A Basin

Looks like a good day at the Basin. We skied Breck and it was cold but not quite -14. I can't wait for Montezuma to open. Thanks for the report!
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Great pics Don. Looks like things are filling in Nicely and looking forward to the new bowl in Jan.
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Thanks for sharing, Don...

-14 at A, 22" of new at Stowe. Hmmmmm....? :
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Damn Don, didn't know you guys were up on Saturday. Faisal and I made a short day at Keystone on Saturday.

Are you guys gonna be up at all this weekend? I haven't made any plans yet. As I think about it, I realize that it's the weekend before Christmas. Guess Loveland would be the choice for the smart Front-Ranger if one were to ski at all this weekend.
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Looks like a good day at the Basin. We skied Breck and it was cold but not quite -14. I can't wait for Montezuma to open. Thanks for the report!
Welcome aboard KBSKI.

Actually we planned to ski Breckenridge on Sunday but as we came over from A-Basin Saturday afternoon into town all we could see was the wind whipping the peaks blowing cold smoke. Waking up in Frisco Sunday morning hearing the wind blowing sealed the deal as we ignored Breck and instead drove back up 6 passing a jammed up Keystone parking lot finally making our way back to A-Basin. Fortunately there was no wind as I was still bone cold from Saturday; and as it turned out, a very pleasant day.
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Great pics Don. Looks like things are filling in Nicely and looking forward to the new bowl in Jan.
Naaah Jim...we'll let the Jan crowd fill the Zuma bowl to the brim and ski a wide open front side. Genius; right!!?

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-14 at A, 22" of new at Stowe. Hmmmmm....? :
I know. Dogs and cats living together... I suppose one day the most predictable place to ski will be in Dubai

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Damn Don, didn't know you guys were up on Saturday. Faisal and I made a short day at Keystone on Saturday.
Are you guys gonna be up at all this weekend?
We just kinda ran up without much plan Mike. We would like to ski soon with you [Tiff] and Fais...this weekend maybe jammed. We'll give you a ping.
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Meanwhile, back at the Ranch we were Branding the Doggies!
Week Beetween X & the 1st. will be cutting the Mustard!
O-Yeah it was "Muy Frio on Sabado!
Snow sure looks nice!
Happy Holidays!!
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O-Yeah it was "Muy Frio on Sabado!
Bet it was up there…I’ll call; I would like to help with that wallboard.
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I am going to be at ABasin this Monday Dec 24th. With the new snow that is forecast is any chance that Montezuma Bowl will be open? If not, when will it open? I am really hoping to check it out. I know that it faces south but it is all above 11,000 feet.
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Well, what an instructor at the Basin told me was that the last storm had winds that scoured the bowl and deposited the windblown on the Pali. He claimed they needed a couple more feet to open it. If true, a bummer.

Perhaps the snow we are forecast to get tonight will make a difference.

Mike
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video captures?
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
Well, what an instructor at the Basin told me was that the last storm had winds that scoured the bowl and deposited the windblown on the Pali. He claimed they needed a couple more feet to open it. If true, a bummer.

Perhaps the snow we are forecast to get tonight will make a difference.

Mike
Yup. Pali spine and west has always benefited like the deep side of a snow fence from Montezuma flakes blown up and over…primarily early season before base had knitted. Looking down the line of Zuma the other day it did appear it needed more cover and will be a Patrol opening decision [however strange the fact Montezuma access is now a Patrol vs. Individual’s decision for a BC experience]. Regardless, hopefully approaching storm will cover well in time for the holiday visits of some here. See you out there.

For those who have not seen the lift and snow back in the bowl, you’ll find a few pictures included on a slide scroll at the bottom A-Basins Montezuma page description:

http://www.arapahoebasin.com/?page=site/text&nav_id=c4e3ab196d4881e6dddcc80b6dfdbf1a
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video captures?
Nope. Although I hope santa provides the setup to do so
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It looks like we'll give A-Basin a whirl this Sunday (Dec. 23) - it'll be the first time.

We've been skiing Loveland almost exclusively since mid-October (except for day each at Breck and Keystone - too many bodies).

The Basin should be a nice change.

Last Saturday, Loveland was brutally cold, especially in the upper reaches. My bones are still recovering.

We're passing on this Saturday, which is again expected to dip to nasty negative numbers (-22 forecast, with wind-chill).

Sunday temps are forecast at +22 degrees, with mild winds.
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It looks like we'll give A-Basin a whirl this Sunday (Dec. 23) - it'll be the first time.

We've been skiing Loveland almost exclusively since mid-October (except for day each at Breck and Keystone - too many bodies).

The Basin should be a nice change.

Hanging at Loveland is never a bad decision…I could back a house up to it and never ski elsewhere. However, great to give A-Basin a shot; enjoy. Sunday’s a miss for us but we hope to get up there on Monday…
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