Al's Blog: Magic Carpet Relocation arapahoebasin.blogspot.com The Lift Maintenance Crew is in the process of moving Molly's Magic Carpet. We have figured out a new location that is a little more ideally suited for never ever skiers. The slope will a bit gentler and the access to the chairlift will be easier.
Al's Blog: A Touch of Gold arapahoebasin.blogspot.com It has begun. You can find a number of aspens that have started to turn. The really high groves along Highway 6 near The Basin are some of the first to turn. You might say it is already fall and winter is approaching. I might try and sneak in one of those classic Colorado mountain bike rides through the aspens down near Crested Butte at the end of the month.
Al's Blog: Snow Patches arapahoebasin.blogspot.com We have a few patches of snow left from last season. You can find some white stuff along the Cornice Run, Zuma Cornice, and Norway. In an average year all the snow has melted by this time of year. Following a really good snow year, like last season, a few patches will last all summer. I suspect most of these will still be here when the snow starts sticking in a few weeks.
Al's Blog: A Goat Rich Environment arapahoebasin.blogspot.com It was brisk up high and the mountain goats were thick on the Summit this morning. I saw two clusters, one at the top of Norway Lift and the other at the top of Zuma Lift. I counted at least 23 of them, but there might have been more. The little ones hide behind the big ones and they come in and out of view. Hard to count. Stunning creatures. They have picked a heck of a place to live.
Al's Blog: Fan Guns On The Hill arapahoebasin.blogspot.com The Snowmakers have put the fan guns on the hill and the reservoir is now full. The crew tested the pumps and the pipelines. The pumps are spinning nicely and we don't have any leaks in the pipes. Always good. There is still one final electrical test to go and the hydrants and hoses still need to be deployed. The weather the next week looks a bit warmer and drier. We will be ready when than first cold snap hits towards the end of September.