Tag: Arapahoe Basin ski area

Forest Service releases draft study for A-Basin expansion

Public comment sought on draft EIS


Staff Report

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is one step closer to gaining final approval for a 492-acre expansion that would include a new lift in the Beavers area. The ski area plan also calls for replacing Pallavicini chairlift, removing the Norway chairlift and adding a surface lift to ferry skiers and snowboarders to the popular backside Montezuma Bowl terrain.

Last week, the U.S. Forest Service released a draft environmental study for the planned projects. The agency will take public comments on the draft EIS through March 21. More information is online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41664. A public meeting on the draft Eis will be held at The Keystone Center (1628 St John Rd., Dillon, CO 80435) on March 2, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In a cover letter released with the draft study, White River National Forest Supervisor said he is currently evaluating the recreational benefits of these projects against the identified resource impacts these project may create. Continue reading “Forest Service releases draft study for A-Basin expansion”


Summit County: A-Basin tallies record skier visits

A-Basin's season lasted through July 4.

National skier visits also set new record

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Consistent snowfall all season long and a surge of business in May and June propelled skier visits at Arapahoe Basin to a new record this year. With about 450,000 skier and rider visits, the Basin surpassed its previous record — set three seasons ago — by about 20,000 visits, according to ski area chief Alan Henceroth, who said it was a banner year in all regards.

“Snowfall was above average every single month for eight months in a row,” Henceroth said, recalling some phenomenal late-May powder days and looking back at a 253-day season that started Oct. 25 and ran through July 4. That all added up to a season total of 473 inches, the second-best ever, and April’s 87 inches was a record for that month. The base reached 100 inches on March 16 and stayed near or above that level for many days after that. Continue reading “Summit County: A-Basin tallies record skier visits”

Summit County: A-Basin open for skiing through July 4

A fine end to an amazing ski season

Skiing at the Basin — photo by Liam Doran, courtesy A-Basin media library.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Keep those boards handy. The skiing and riding have been epic this year, and the season isn’t quite over yet. A-Basin has decided to extend the ski season to July 4 this year, staying open on weekends only through the holiday. It’s the first time A-Basin will be open on Independence Day since 1997. Details online here.

Two lifts are operating, the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee. Ticket window prices are $39 for adults, $29 for teens and $19 for kids. Details on ticket prices online here. The ski area is reporting a 50-inch base and 275 acres of open terrain. Lifts are operating from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

From Al’s Blog:

“The snow is good. People want to ski and ride. We will be skiing at The Basin on the 4th of July. We will re-open for two more weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 24, 25, and 26 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday July 1, 2, 3, and 4.”

Cloud seeding under way for 3 Summit County ski areas

A state map shows the location of cloud-seeding generators and target areas in western Colorado, including the Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas and the Upper Arkansas River watershed. A similar map for the new Summit County operation will be posted soon at the Colorado Water Conservation Board website. Click on the image for a full-size view. MAP COURTESY CWCB.

Keystone, Breckenridge and A-Basin invest $75,000 in an effort to boost mountain snowfall

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s early season conditions are getting rave reviews from skiers and riders, and this year,  Mother Nature can’t take all the credit. Three Summit County ski areas are funding a regional cloud-seeding program operated by Durango-based Western Weather Consultants to boost early season snowfall.

Combined, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin are pitching in $75,000  to help pay for the installation of five new silver iodide generators and two months of operations, with an option to extend the deal for a third month at a cost of $20,000. Continue reading “Cloud seeding under way for 3 Summit County ski areas”