June 7, 2019

  • 9:49am

    I spent the last day and a half in Denver for our state trade association's, Colorado Ski Country USA, annual meeting. We had a variety of presentations and work group sessions on a wide range of topics including communications, news, climate change, artificial intelligence, safety, attracting skiers and parking. The meeting is always valuable and educational and it is always fun catching up with our peers from other resorts.

    The highlight of the event is the closing reception and Double Diamond Award ceremony for top industry staff. We were honored to have two employees receive awards. Mary Corrigan was awarded the Food and Beverage Professional of the Year and Scott Bickel was awarded the  Ski Patroller of the Year. Congratulations to those two. We are very lucky to work with such fine people.

    ......And the skiing is especially good this morning.



June 6, 2019

  • 12:40pm

    Alright, we have all had a few day break. Time to get the skis and snowboards out again. We will be turning the Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain Express and Molly Hogan chairlifts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cat drivers tell me the snow is still in excellent condition. 

    One of our Ski Patrol Supervisors took this photo of a mountain goat on the Summit this morning.  I think they are attracted to chairlifts.


June 2, 2019

  • 8:48pm

    Check out the top diagram prepared by Joel Gratz at Opensnow. There is a lot you can read into it. The snowpack is 290% of normal for June 2. It doesn't mean the snowpack is huge, it means it hasn't really started melting yet.

    The second diagram from USGS shows our nearby Snake River is well below its long term median. Over the last few days, its flow is really starting to jump. Rising streamflows equals increased melting of the snowpack.

    The last diagram is our NOAA forecast for the next few days. Each day we should see high temperatures in the upper 50's  (I suspect maybe higher). The Snake River flow will continue to rise and, before too long, will be well above its long term median.

    I am ecstatic that Pali, Beavers and Zuma Lifts were all still open today, June 2. That is much later than I ever would have guessed. Looking at these diagrams, I think our timing for consolidating operations to 3 days a week with Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Lifts is pretty good.

    See you Friday. I'll keep my eye out for Lake Reveal.



June 1, 2019

  • 10:54am

    After Sunday, June 2, Summer Skiing begins (I know it is not technically Summer, but it is Summer for us). We will be closed Monday thru Thursday and then will re-open for the long weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That pattern will continue through at least June 23. 

    Many people have asked why we are closing those four days. We really try and match operations to business levels. While folks still skiing and riding are incredibly passionate about this sport, there are not quite as many of them still making turns in June. Many of our employees are moving on to their Summer jobs. With fewer visitors in Summer, we have found that by consolidating our business into those three days it works out better for both the business and the employees. I certainly appreciate that many of you wish we were skiing seven days a week.

    During the closed days, our snowcat crew will be quite busy. We anticipate water to really start flowing in places. The snowcats will be opening water bars and managing the snow. We will have the snow very torn up for a few days and then will put it back together again by Friday.

    As a result, uphill access will be closed Monday through Thursday. If conditions are still good, uphill access will re-open Friday.


May 31, 2019

May 30, 2019

  • 6:58pm

    We reported 4 inches again today. It was a very deep 4 inches. I was out skiing just after first chair. Even though today is May 30, the snow was the lightest, driest powder. On my tour I zeroed in on Marmot. From the top I made a few turns then cut left into the eastern side of Beaver Bowl (aka Snakepit). The texture was picture. I did not feel a crunch at all. Nothing but softness underfoot. It was as good or better as any mid winter skiing. It blew me away and I went back for a few more. By late morning, the sun had heated the snow up and we were back to spring conditions. Those first two hours today...............perfection.




May 29, 2019

  • 2:08pm

    We reported 4 inches of new snow today. It is snowing right now. The forecast shows 2-6 inches of snow for today and tonight. The morning stuff has softened. The skiing is awesome.

    We will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through AT LEAST JUNE 23. Right now it would be foolish of me to talk about being open the 4th of July. Absolutely foolish. But..........we will be open through at least June 23. At least June 23.

    76 inch base today.


May 27, 2019

May 25, 2019

  • 4:00am

    When you can hike both North Pole and Willie's Wide May 24 and ski powder, you know we are having a good spring. That is what Kay and I did this morning.


    The weather has been so ideal the last few weeks, we will easily stay open for another long weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  June 14, 15 and 16. Runoff hasn't even begun yet. The skiing and riding is fantastic. The forecast next week isn't exactly scorching. We may even go longer.




May 24, 2019

  • 3:37pm



     This is less than great news, but I want to be open and honest. Six cases of mumps have been identified among people associated with or employed by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

    State and county public health officials think there is minimal risk to people who had interaction with the ski area and there is currently no known spread into the larger community.

    The health and safety of our guests and employees is of the highest importance. We communicated with our staff and Summit County Public Health as soon as we found out about it. We have followed all of their recommendations on appropriate actions to take.

    We are extremely grateful to state and county public health officials for their help and guidance and will continue to fully coordinate and cooperate with them.

    We appreciate your support. You can get more information from Summit County Public Health by clicking here to read their press release

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June 6, 2019
Alright, we have all had a few day break. Time to get the skis and snowboards out again. We will be turning the Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain Express and Molly Hogan chairlifts Friday, Saturday and...
June 2, 2019
Check out the top diagram prepared by Joel Gratz at Opensnow. There is a lot you can read into it. The snowpack is 290% of normal for June 2. It doesn't mean the snowpack is huge, it means it hasn't r...
March 30, 2019
I had a very nice afternoon ski wandering around all sides of the mountain. We reported a couple of inches this morning and should see more showers through Sunday. As the week goes on, temps should ri...