A-Basin is one of the places we make sure we hit when in CO. It's got great terrain, good snow, and isn't an overly-commercialized resort like many of the other places in the area. If you're looking for an "old school" ski vibe, this place is it.
We hit A-Basin on the 13th to get some early-season turns in. A-Basin was looking really well-covered, but only one top-to-bottom run was open, with a few side runs open. Below the new triple-chair, Lenawee Mountain Express, was a nice untracked run that was closed off. We waited anxiously while ski patrol marked obstacles, hoping for the untouched to become available. In the meantime, we lapped the main run. It was icy on top--probably because of the flat light and no one able to see where the terrain was--but after the first handful of turns, the snow got consistent again, and you could whip some high-speed turns.
Eventually, the powder-filled run under the chair became open: a ski patroller let a dozen people at a time get some untracked. It was the first time the area was open all season! We were the third group down, and knee-deep, soft CO pow pow splashed up to our waist. We were in heaven! Two different pow runs in two days? On opening weekend?! I was floored. We lapped the powder run three times--all under the watchful eye of the A-Basin ski patrol--until they closed it again. It was an awesome few runs.
Ski patrol then opened up the West Wall for a bit, so we went and got in line for a run down that. The snow was a little more wind-blown and chopped pow, but still a fun run. We made one run, then headed home for the day.
A-Basin has a lot of snow available, and with another storm or two, I think it's safe to say it's going to open up a lot more.