With just two weeks left to ski Arapahoe Basin, now is the time to get in the last turns of the season. A-Basin received three inches of new snow last night, but it wasn’t enough to stop the closing of Pallavicini and the East Wall this week, which generated its share of controversy among die-hard A-Basin fans.
A-Basin’s COO Alan Henceroth explained the closing of Pali in a message posted to Facebook, which read in part:
“There comes a time each year when a lot of conditions and situations collide and those conditions tell us it is time to shut her down. That time is now. We make a qualitative review of the snow. We look at the forecast (the next four days will be in the high 40s and high 50s). We look at rising streamflows. We look at overnight lows. Most importantly, we look at the snow. This includes digging pits and monitoring our instrumentation that indicates water flow in the snow pack.
“By design we want to close the trail a day or two before it gets miserable. As we looked at all of the factors mentioned above, it is time to close her down. This is not a decision made lightly. For several people around here there is many a sleepless night leading up to the decision. It is not a calendar based decision, but a conditions-based decision. We feel pretty strongly that by the end of the day Thursday or by Friday, it would extremely inappropriate to have that trail open.”
If you’re still hankering for a black run or two, Half Moon Glades, Falcon and North Chute are still open, as is the majority of A-Basin’s midsection, including the ever-awesome West Wall. With milder temps and sunny skies in the forecast, the next two weeks should offer warm slushy goodness.
A-Basin normally stays open, or tries to stay open depending on conditions, through June and into the July 4 weekend. In fact, during the 1997 season, A-Basin was open until Aug. 13 and was 100 percent open with five inches of new snow on July 4. Pray for a repeat performance in coming seasons.
This Saturday, May 22, Missed the Boat will play live at the base area from 1-4 p.m. Described as more than just a bluegrass band, with innovative guitar, harmonious vocals and the unique sounds of the banjolin, Missed the Boat is not quite folk, nor quite rock either.
A-Basin will hold a rail jam in the Treeline Terrain Park. The competition is free, with registration in the park at 10 a.m. and competition from 10:30 till 11:30. Prizes will be awarded in the base area a little before 1 p.m. Plus, there will be a retail sale at A-Basin’s ski shop so there should be some good deals this weekend.