bə-lō'nē mō'gəls(n.pl.) 1. A group of drinkers with a shredding problem. 2. The combination of snow, booze, and metal.


Day 3 - Amazing Basin

Arapahoe Basin. A basin, Awesome basin. Words do not convey how insane this place was. Its base lodge was at the mid 10,000 ft and I was feeling it hard.

The place is a real locals-only establishment and most people there were very good. As you looked around you were surrounded by the highest mountains I have ever seen. Hence the name basin, and not mountain. Once you climb from the exhibition lift to the mid-station and then up to the summit of the main face you just see snow bowls all around.

Some hardpack and crunchy snow, but also a good amount of powder by the trees and under certain lines.

The real kicker of this place is getting to the top, then hiking around to the Montozuma Bowl. The entire backside of the ridge is a 1500ft of vert bowl that allows you to ride however you want.

We went through 3 different conditions today which really spoke to how unpredictable it can be up here. We arrived in the bluest of blue bird days.

By noon it was a complete white-out with heavy snow coming down.
Finally we had some really flat light with sun breaking through here and there.
Tim summed it up best, "this place is a playground."

Today's Shots

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