Arapahoe Basin – 02/26/2012

Arapahoe Basin 02/26/2012 Photo Album

One of Jane’s Christmas presents was two tickets to see comedian Brian Regan on Saturday night, February 25 so Jane and I decided to make it a short weekend at our Dillon condo. In order to avoid the risk of traffic tie ups heading west on Friday night we ate dinner near our house at Buffalo Wild Wings before embarking on the trip to Dillon at around 7:30PM.

We planned to return to Denver no later than 2PM on Saturday so elected to ski at Arapahoe Basin as it is only 20 minutes from our condo. We began skiing at around 10AM and rode the Black Mountain Express and then the Lenawee lift to the top of the bowl. Here we discovered that Montezuma Bowl was open, so we slid down the far side. On the ride back up to the top of Montezuma the chair stopped frequently as high winds gusted by us. Fortunately our backs were to the wind or it would have been brutal. We did a few runs on the front side and took a break to warm ourselves up at 11:00AM.

Strong Winds Blow Snow Everywhere

While we sat in the Black Mountain lodge and soaked up the sun in our little corner of heaven, Jane noticed that the Lenawee lift had stopped as well as the other lift that takes skiers to the top further to the right. Apparently the high winds halted lift service, and this drove all the skiers to the two lifts at the bottom. We skied from Black Mountain to the base and upon viewing the huge lines, decided to call it a day at noon and head back to Denver.

Outrageous Line after Top Lifts Shut Down

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