The ski resort's COO promises "it won't be long" until ski season gets underway.
It may be 90 degrees outside in Denver, but Alan Henceroth, chief operating officer at Arapahoe Basin, says it won't be long until ski season is here.
Henceroth posted a blog on A-Basin's website featuring a picture of a snow-making machine against a backdrop of snowless hills. "I don't see any good snowmaking weather out there for at least a week," Henceroth wrote. "That doesn't mean the snowmakers haven't been busy."
Henceroth said the fan guns have been set at high noon, the reservoir is full, the snowmaking pipes have been filled, water has been run to the summit, and electrical lines and fixtures have been tested. Training, he said, is about to start.
Everything is in place. All that's left is for temperatures to start dropping, and Henceroth said there has been a little frost at his house every morning.
Earlier this month, Henceroth blogged about the ski area's snow-making process.
"Our strategy for snowmaking is to, during and just before snowmaking season, divert water from the stream at a very slow rate to the snowmaking reservoir," Henceroth said. "That way there is never any big impact on the stream from big diversions. Our snowmaking system pumps water from the reservoir up through our pipeline system to hydrants to hoses and to snowmaking fan guns."
A-Basin recently outlined operating plans for the upcoming ski season amid continuing COVID-19 restrictions. Reservations will not be required for season pass holders, but the number of season passes sold will be limited. In addition, lift tickets will be limited daily and must be purchased in advance, building capacity will be limited and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
The ski area is planning a mid-October opening.