A Basin got seven inches of fresh powder today. By the time we got up there at noon, we had to traverse to get to most of ours.
Short hike and traverse terrain in Montezuma Bowl at A Basin (Keystone and Breckenridge in distance)
View of the top half of A-Basin
Easter at A Basin brings out the finest.
Front-side of A Basin Ski Resort
Arapahoe Basin beginner lift near The Beach (There is some expert terrain on far right of picture).
We decided to go right for A Basin’s Montezuma Bowl. It was real windy up top, so we headed down into A Basin’s back bowl. There is a nice blue groomer right off the chair lift we started with. After that we did some traversing/hiking in both directions of the chair lift at the top of Montezuma Bowl looking for fresh snow.
Montezuma Bowl groomer and traversing terrain at A Basin.
View of A Basin's Montezuma Bowl (and Keystone and Breckenridge)
Tree run in the Montezuma Bowl (you need to traverse, skier-left, from the top Zuma chair)
Fresh lines down Montezuma Bowl (must hike/traver skier-right from top Zuma lift).
Montezuma Bowl - A Basin (same traverse terrain as above).
After getting fresh lines in the Montezuma Bowl, we traversed the East Wall a couple times to get more snow. You begin traversing from the top of the Lenawee Mountain lift (keep your speed up).
East Wall at A Basin (We traversed the bottom half the east wall to get fresh lines).
After A Basin closed up at 4:00pm, we grabbed a quick beer at “the beach” and then headed to Loveland Pass to get a couple more runs in for the day. Thank you day-light savings time.
A Basin main lodge restaurant and bar.
A Basin's Beach - This place gets packed when it's actually warm out.
View of Loveland Pass from A Basin
We arrived at Loveland Pass for some back country and were lucky enough to have a driver with us (otherwise we would just thumb a ride). The snow at Loveland Pass was exceptional, better than at A Basin. The risk of avalanche is usually greater in the Spring (because of the varying temperatures and layering of snow), however, most of the runs we do are through the trees, where the risk is minimal. If you are new to back country this is a great place to start honing your skills and awareness.
Loveland pass bowls (the avalanche risk is high over in the bowls - we don't go over there).
Loveland Pass back-country tree run (notice Loveland Pass - Highway 6)
Travis tree sliding at Loveland Pass back country.
Travis eyeing up a jib stump at Loveland Pass
Travis takes to the air with near-perfect form.
Afterwards, we got some food at BeauJo’s in Idaho Springs. The pizza was great, but we may have to do the Prairie Pizza next time. It has much thinner crusts. The crusts on their mountain pie dominated us.
BeauJo's in Idaho Springs, CO.
BeauJo's Mountain Pizza dominated us.
My Colorado Life has more information on skiing at Arapahoe Basin.