For me the best day was Thursday at A-Basin. In the mid-1940s, when skiing had little appeal, a group of pioneers cut down trees, put up a rope tow and a local legend was born.
Arapahoe Basin opened in December of 1946 with a daily lift ticket costing only $1.25! (a daily pass is now 65 bucks!)
Last season, A-Basin opened the Montezuma Bowl. That 400 acre expansion increased the ski area's terrain by 80%.
The weather Gods fully cooperated on Thursday and we had a perfect day skiing the Montezuma Bowl. I hate to admit it, but you have to be a little crazy to make that first turn down the slope at the top of the Montezuma Bowl as here's what those warning signs above say:
- Caution - Hidden and unmarked obstacles
- Thin and Variable Snow Conditions - Ski with Care
- Rescue from this area is difficult and time consuming - Please Ski Responsibly
We were all a little nervous as none of us had skied the Bowl, so we had no idea where it led or what to expect. After reading the signs, we stood there for awhile; debated about whether we should do it; but then we jumped in on the Columbine Run and had a great time schussing down thru the Bowl.
It's truly breathtaking scenery back there and what many skiers love about the experience is the peaceful feeling one get's from gliding down the mountain among the trees.