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A-Basin coming along nicely this year

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Short trip to A-Basin with my son today.  Lot of fun, moderate crowds for a Friday.

 

A bit warm, as his picture in sweatshirt and no gloves shows, but generally good conditions for this time of year.

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Today they opened the Norway lift, with the Lenawee Face and Dercum's gulch open.  Good coverage on both of those, a mix of man-made and natural.  As can be seen from the shots, good coverage already forming along the upper runs, even the short runs down from Cornice Run to Dercum's gulch.  Lower runs (3) are open, a little spotty over on the one green run. 

 

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The new express lift is great, very fast compared to last year...of course Norway as slow as ever.  The chairs come in a little low on the Black Mountain express, they edge hits you pretty low on your calves. 

 

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 Now with Keystone opening today and Breck next weekend more options for those of us w/Epic/CO/Summit passes.

post #2 of 22

This isn't fair.  It's still in the upper 80's in California.

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

and 73 back home in the Denver metro area, what a difference 5000' increase in altitude makes

post #4 of 22
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and 73 back home in the Denver metro area, what a difference 5000' increase in altitude makes



According to my iPhone weather this very moment, it is 89 Degrees in Fresno (336 Ft.), and 30 miles away in Shaver Lake (5,500 Ft.), it is....89 Degrees. 

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

but i don't trust IPHONES -- it is all a Steve Jobs conspiracy to enslave America.

 

and i also believe a state where someone can shell out 175M and still lose the race for governor may have other things going on ... or maybe more money than sense on the part of the person spending the $$$

post #6 of 22
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but i don't trust IPHONES -- it is all a Steve Jobs conspiracy to enslave America.

 

and i also believe a state where someone can shell out 175M and still lose the race for governor may have other things going on ... or maybe more money than sense on the part of the person spending the $$$


My Yahoo Toolbar at the top of the screen said the same thing....

post #7 of 22

It's the SECOND 5K feet that makes the difference. 

post #8 of 22

Aaaaaahhhhh  Abasin

post #9 of 22

UMMMM...TRY FLORIDA ON FOR SIZE...NO SNOW AND TODAY WILL HIT 81 DEGREES

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

stuck in Ohio till tomorrow, but I be thinking that Saturday or Sunday looks like a first day at Breck for the kids and I. :)  The snow alerts are really bothering me -- all this email about 8" then 14" and work is still work -- jacket and tie, no softshells and smartwool socks :)

post #11 of 22

A-basin was good this am-bunch of terrain opened up high on the front side after this weeks storm-skied cornice line over the little cornice/moderate steep bowl down to the big groomer over and over-soft snow, but at other places last nights wind took its toll-plenty of shark fins-of course the groomers are in GREAT shape

 

I  am a new comer to the basin-and really enjoy what I have skied so far-Pali lift needs one more storm to open (according the lifties) it was running and there was control work being done

 

Not a single rock did I hit-by far the best pre Thanksgiving conditions I have ever experienced-too bad I missed the big dump earlier this week


Edited by cal to colorado - 11/19/10 at 3:00pm
post #12 of 22
Yes, The Basin was spectacular yesterday (Friday, November 19)--some of the best early-season conditions ever. It's open to the top via the new high-speed quad and Lenawee lifts, and most of the terrain you can get to from there is open, and in good shape. The East Wall, of course, needs a good bit more snow to cover the boulders in the runout areas of the multiple avalanche chutes above, and it's still too early to hike up to the North Pole ridge (the Continental Divide). But the groomed runs are in excellent shape, and the ungroomed runs have great snow with only the occasional rock that is easily avoided if you're paying attention.

There was a good bunch of EpicSkiers there, including CGeib, Annie Black, Toni Sears, and myself, testing out our early season ski legs. I decided to bring out a pair of Hart Javelin GS race skis--something I very rarely ski, but that seemed appropriate for the good conditions. Lots of fun on the groomers, if you let them get up to speed, and demanding, but still pretty skiable, off-piste. Skiing a GS ski like that is a good exercise for early season, since they give such obvious feedback about things like timing of edge engagement. Get on 'em too early in the turn, and they have a mind of their own!

For some stupid reason, none of us thought to take pictures on such a gorgeous blue-sky day. Sorry about that! But take my word for it--The Basin is definitely shaping up nicely for what looks to be a great season coming up--as are the rest of the ski areas in central and northern Colorado. We'll have great conditions, and probably more terrain than we had expected, for the EpicSki Academy, coming up in less than two weeks. Come on out and play!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #13 of 22
Well, actually, I did take a few pictures at Arapahoe Basin yesterday, after we finished skiing. Pictures of pictures...here are a few of the great old photographs that line the walls of the A-Frame (base lodge) at The Basin:

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Willy Schaeffler, former director of the A-Basin Ski School, and a true legend of the sport's history.

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Single chairlift at The Basin, long gone now as Arapahoe Basin has just installed its first modern high-speed detachable quad chair to replace the venerable Exhibition lift.

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More legends at The Legend: Keystone and A-Basin pioneers Max and Edna Dercum, the namesakes of Dercum Mountain, on which Keystone Resort is located.

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Edna Dercum (I think) on the Poma, another long-gone lift at Arapahoe Basin

There are many more classic and timeless photographs that show skiing in its true glory days at The Legend. But you'll just have to come on up to see them yourself!

Best regards,
Bob
post #14 of 22

I'm tall so I've learned to adapt to those chairs that hit low in the calves.  I squat down a bit and the chair then catches me without hitting my legs.  It becomes an art form in meeting the chair, instead of letting it slam me.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tendofreak View Post

UMMMM...TRY FLORIDA ON FOR SIZE...NO SNOW AND TODAY WILL HIT 81 DEGREES



UMMMM...TRY MOVING SOMEWHERE...THAT OR STAY QUIET CAUSE NO ONE CARES

post #16 of 22
All right, Karpiel, so he shouted in ALL CAPS. How does that make him deserve your insolent reply?

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Believe me, Tendofreak--sometimes in the short, cold days of January around here, a day of 81 degrees can sound awfully pleasant. But in the meantime...I feel for you!

Snow in the forecast again for the next few days here, on top of our best opening in many years. I'll bet they've got airplanes in Florida that are headed this way. Hop on one, and come join us at the EpicSki Academy, to cool yourself off and see how good the skiing is at Arapahoe Basin! You'll be better for it, and maybe you'll appreciate that warm Florida weather just a little bit more...until the ski bug bites again.

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Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #17 of 22

He made it sound like he's being forced at gun point to stay there. I lived in Houston, I didn't like it, I didn't go into an emo rage online, I moved. S**t or get off the pot.

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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

All right, Karpiel, so he shouted in ALL CAPS. How does that make him deserve your insolent reply?

---

Believe me, Tendofreak--sometimes in the short, cold days of January around here, a day of 81 degrees can sound awfully pleasant. But in the meantime...I feel for you!

Snow in the forecast again for the next few days here, on top of our best opening in many years. I'll bet they've got airplanes in Florida that are headed this way. Hop on one, and come join us at the EpicSki Academy, to cool yourself off and see how good the skiing is at Arapahoe Basin! You'll be better for it, and maybe you'll appreciate that warm Florida weather just a little bit more...until the ski bug bites again.

wink.gif

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by Tendofreak View Post

UMMMM...TRY FLORIDA ON FOR SIZE...NO SNOW AND TODAY WILL HIT 81 DEGREES



UMMMM...TRY MOVING SOMEWHERE...THAT OR STAY QUIET CAUSE NO ONE CARES



WHOA, TRIGGER!  Who made you head of immigration??????  I guess everyone here would really like to be you and live where you do.  However, some must do what they have to...... 

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tendofreak View Post

UMMMM...TRY FLORIDA ON FOR SIZE...NO SNOW AND TODAY WILL HIT 81 DEGREES


 

dont complain you choose to live in florida. 

 

Nice stoke Job keep it up with the pictures. 

post #20 of 22

WOW!!  (intended)  the first caps were by accident. Sorry for those so easily offended. 

 

For those of you who came to my defense...Thank You. I have it from here.

 

I was just checkin back on some posts I've read or had input and while I was only trying to be humorous I see some have a chip on the shoulder....not exactly where I'd like to place it if given the chance. Whatever. I'm old enough that I shouldnt have to explain but some people are slow and stupid so.......I'll double space so they dont get too confused.

My children (and grandchildren) while grown...live here in Florida. The job is here in Florida as is my home and wife. It's been said to up and move but at my age I dont care to wash dishes for a living. A few more years and I'll retire and at that POINT......yes...I do plan on living a double homestead to where I can devote more of my life to my three loves. Family, motorcycles, and skiing, tho the latter two run pretty even.

I've had a life-plan since the age of 24 and it did not include working all my life nor remaining poor either. I will have my house paid off, (current value $475,00 4bd/3b pool/ht/3car garage on 5 acres) no bills, and approx 2mil in the account if Obama leaves it alone. (all true..not internet BS)

So Karpile of $hit...KMA...when I finally do arrive I may let you bus my table for me.

 

As for all others...I do enjoy the freindships I've made over the years in the skiing community and hope to see ya'll soon on the slopes!

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tendofreak View Post

WOW!!  (intended)  the first caps were by accident. Sorry for those so easily offended. 

 

For those of you who came to my defense...Thank You. I have it from here.

 

I was just checkin back on some posts I've read or had input and while I was only trying to be humorous I see some have a chip on the shoulder....not exactly where I'd like to place it if given the chance. Whatever. I'm old enough that I shouldnt have to explain but some people are slow and stupid so.......I'll double space so they dont get too confused.

My children (and grandchildren) while grown...live here in Florida. The job is here in Florida as is my home and wife. It's been said to up and move but at my age I dont care to wash dishes for a living. A few more years and I'll retire and at that POINT......yes...I do plan on living a double homestead to where I can devote more of my life to my three loves. Family, motorcycles, and skiing, tho the latter two run pretty even.

I've had a life-plan since the age of 24 and it did not include working all my life nor remaining poor either. I will have my house paid off, (current value $475,00 4bd/3b pool/ht/3car garage on 5 acres) no bills, and approx 2mil in the account if Obama leaves it alone. (all true..not internet BS)

So Karpile of $hit...KMA...when I finally do arrive I may let you bus my table for me.

 

As for all others...I do enjoy the freindships I've made over the years in the skiing community and hope to see ya'll soon on the slopes

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post #22 of 22

Any more recent shots @ A-basin ?

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