A-Basin Conditions Report – Busy May Powder!!

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early bird gets the worm! [skier: Wilder Daniels, Photo: Aaron Rice]
early bird gets the worm! [skier: Wilder Daniels, Photo: Aaron Rice]
With big snowfall totals in the forecast all of the die-hards in the front range made plans to go skiing. And with A-Basin being the only mountain still providing lift-serve turns it made for what was likely the most crowded day of the season. Those that arrived early were rewarded with great creamy untracked turns.

Sidestepping out to the lower East Wall with a fresh coat of snow
Sidestepping out to the lower East Wall with a fresh coat of snow

Around 9:30 ropes dropped on the low traverse under the east wall making for some more great turns and even a bit of cliff dropping for the more adventurous. 

big lines, uggq
big lines, ugg

With some of the longest lines of the season, a bit of patients went a long way today, Just remembering that we were all skiing powder in mid May!

Finding the pow stashes in the aternoon [Rider: Taylor Kravits, Photo: Aaron Rice]
Finding the pow stashes in the afternoon [Rider: Taylor Kravits, Photo: Aaron Rice]
By the afternoon the game was finding the lingering stashes hidden in the trees. Pali was a great bet!

A happy camper with his bloody mary
A happy camper with his bloody mary

With the hot May sun, even with cloud cover the snow started to warm up a bit in the afternoon. Bloody Mary’s were a great remedy for heavy snow and tired legs.

SNOW REPORT:
24 hour snowfall: 6”
3 day snowfall: 14″
base: 56″
season snowfall: 277″

WEATHER:
Looks to be a bit of clearing for tomorrow. Then some more unsettled weather midweek and the potential for another storm next weekend. For a much more in depth analysis take a look here: https://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

Disclaimer: The author of this post received compensation from Arapahoe Basin for writing it. However, the content is solely determined by the author.


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