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post #1 of 20
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Thought to share a little ABasin stoke. 

 

As we headed up for some road cycling Betsy and I pulled over to take a few snaps of what’s going on at the Legend.

 

It was thrilling to see the progress on the new Black Mountain high speed quad.  Also; the guns were positioned on the WROD ready for their “man-made” race with Loveland. 

 

However on a perfect day up in the mountains with crisp air and bright sky and no snow...road cycling seemed more appropriate than skiing for us  …but skiing will mosdef come soon...very soon

 

 

A-Frame looking splendid:

A-Frame.JPG

 

Betsy nervous about parking on wrong side of Hwy 6:

 

Side of Road.JPG

 

Old Exhibition gone…new Black Mountain Quad installed:

 

Black Mountain Super Quad.JPG

 

A mule with blades:

 

Tower Lifter.JPG

 

Some necessary parts readied to be lifted and set in place  :

 

Lift Towers.JPG

 

"Snow-guns-a-ready" on WROD:

 

Snow Guns Ready.JPG

 

Cycling up from that point to the next point in elevation can really toast the lungs   :

 

Elevation Point.JPG

 

Yes...the “UN” of Loveland Pass  :

 

Not the UN.JPG

 

All is looking good!!  Think snow  


Edited by DonDenver - 8/30/10 at 10:41am
post #2 of 20


Ooooh, I love that picture!

 

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

 

Thought to share a little ABasin stoke. 

 

As we headed up for some road cycling Betsy and I pulled over to take a few snaps of what’s going on at the Legend.

 

It was thrilling to see the progress on the new Black Mountain high speed quad.  Also; the guns were positioned on the WROD ready for their “man-made” race with Loveland. 

 

However on a perfect day up in the mountains with crisp air and bright sky and no snow...road cycling seemed more appropriate than skiing for us  …but skiing will mosdef come soon...very soon

 

 

A-Frame looking splendid:

A-Frame.JPG

post #3 of 20

My wife and I have never skied at A-Basin but may do the Epicski academy in Dec. 2010. Where is the closest town to stay at, and how far is it from Denver airport. Also wondering how the drive is (we're from Buffalo so snow doesn't really bother us) but it would be nice to have a little local knowledge of the roads. It sounds like you go there often so any info. would be great.

post #4 of 20

Ahhhh, A-basin.......

Thanks for sharing....

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by EatRBs View Post

My wife and I have never skied at A-Basin but may do the Epicski academy in Dec. 2010. Where is the closest town to stay at, and how far is it from Denver airport. Also wondering how the drive is (we're from Buffalo so snow doesn't really bother us) but it would be nice to have a little local knowledge of the roads. It sounds like you go there often so any info. would be great.


You can stay in Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco (all within 20-30 minutes drive from A-Basin). The whole area is 1.5 - 2 hours drive from DEN. Take I-70 from Denver. After passing the Eisenhower tunnel, hang a left on US6. You will pass Keystone on the way. Alternatively (if road conditions are good), you can take US6 before going through the tunnel - but you will be passing up and over Loveland Pass.

post #6 of 20

Awesome shots. I especially love the one of the K-Max Helicopter. I wonder if that's the same chopper that was hauling the cement for Vail's new Chair 5 lift?

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post #7 of 20

Great shots Don, thanks for sharing!

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by EatRBs View Post

My wife and I have never skied at A-Basin but may do the Epicski academy in Dec. 2010. Where is the closest town to stay at, and how far is it from Denver airport. Also wondering how the drive is (we're from Buffalo so snow doesn't really bother us) but it would be nice to have a little local knowledge of the roads. It sounds like you go there often so any info. would be great.





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Originally Posted by mkbruce View Post




You can stay in Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco (all within 20-30 minutes drive from A-Basin). The whole area is 1.5 - 2 hours drive from DEN. Take I-70 from Denver. After passing the Eisenhower tunnel, hang a left on US6. You will pass Keystone on the way. Alternatively (if road conditions are good), you can take US6 before going through the tunnel - but you will be passing up and over Loveland Pass.

 

 

So EatRB's if you can get an early morning flight into Denver, then head up to Loveland Ski Area which is on the eastern side of the Eisenhower Tunnel, and get a half day in. After that, follow mkbruce's advice.
 

post #9 of 20

Getting me in the mood. 

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by JHoback View Post

So EatRB's if you can get an early morning flight into Denver, then head up to Loveland Ski Area which is on the eastern side of the Eisenhower Tunnel, and get a half day in. After that, follow mkbruce's advice.
 


 

Good advice.  Jumping off onto hwy 6 just prior to the tunnel to ski the Horseshoe as well as then heading up to the Legend is easy-breezy.  Driving conditions are fine using a DIA rental with minimal front wheel and good all season in December.   You’ll see some tankers under hazmat restrictions from passing through the tunnel traveling on 6 but frankly those guys/girls driving those rigs know what they’re doing and really don’t slow the already short trip by much.  Otherwise, if for whatever reason Loveland pass is closed blocking hwy 6 entrance on east side of the tunnel you’ll pass through the tunnel and exit at Silverthorne/Dillon and follow 6 up on at that end.    


 

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by SkiCollie1 View Post

Awesome shots. I especially love the one of the K-Max Helicopter. I wonder if that's the same chopper that was hauling the cement for Vail's new Chair 5 lift?

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Last season I understood it was the same Leitner Poma crew for Vail’s 5 and AB’s Black Mountain quad installs…which would make sense from a scale perspective.  If you click on my picture and zoom in you’ll see that K-Max has the nickname painted on its side “the Hulk”.  That’s befitting for a green monster but I don’t know if he is lugging all that work alone.

 

  How great will that change to quad be at Vail’s Chair 5 choke point on a powder day...even though the Panty Tree took a hit for the cause   I did have some Mardi Gras beads I tossed out on a limb of that tree that I could spot each year as Betsy would not let me toss her…ahh…never mind:

 

Chair 5 construction



 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Bazzer View Post

Getting me in the mood. 

[yeah fine Baz…but be a little more specific as we've heard you mention warm socks get you in the mood  ]



 

post #13 of 20

Other than to attend funerals, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs, I do not wear socks at home, only when I travel, either to dive in cold water, visit friends, or ski. So socks by themselves are a reason for anticipation. Now that you mention socks, I'm even more in the mood.

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

 

Thought to share a little ABasin stoke. 

 

However on a perfect day up in the mountains with crisp air and bright sky and no snow...road cycling seemed more appropriate than skiing for us  …but skiing will mosdef come soon...very soon

 

 

 

 

 

Betsy nervous about parking on wrong side of Hwy 6:

 

Side of Road.JPG

 

 

 

All is looking good!!  Think snow  


Hey...HOT PANTS!!!!! 

post #15 of 20

I passed through Loveland Pass earlier this summer.  More bikes than cars for sure, and a great road to turn and burn.

 

USA176.jpg

 

USA178.jpg

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

I passed through Loveland Pass earlier this summer.  More bikes than cars for sure, and a great road to turn and burn.

 

USA176.jpg

 

USA178.jpg

 

Hmmm….the bikes you mentioned seeing more of on Loveland pass than cars…

 

Were they bikes you ride?

Cirqbike.jpg

 

 

Or bikes I ride?

 

[of course if it is the kind of bike you ride...well...you'll turn and burn a bit faster than me  ] 

donbike.jpg



 

post #17 of 20

Many of the bikes YOU ride were on the road.  And the ones going downhill were really moving! 

 

I was on the heavy cruiser above, and its true, I was never passed by a peddler.   Damn!  You're looking fit Don!

post #18 of 20
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Yes!  Progress!!

 

We took a ride up the Pass yesterday and stopped to look at the progress the new BM Quad.  Cell phone quality pics but clearly the towers are in…

 

 

BMtower1.jpg

 

BMtower2.jpg

 

 

Soon there’ll be snow where Betsy is standing   

 

Bsurveys.jpg


Edited by DonDenver - 9/16/10 at 11:54am
post #19 of 20

Only 3 days & 12 hours until Loveland fires up their snow guns. Let the A-Basin vs Loveland battle begin.

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by JHoback View Post

...Let the A-Basin vs Loveland battle begin...

Yes...let the carnage begin to see who opens first as well as who gets that first chair 

 

snowcrash.jpg



 

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