Week In Review September 27: Pre-Season Snowfall and Vermont Ski Movie

New A-Basin Lift, Winterhawks fly free, & Markus Eder edit

Snow on East Coast, Silverton, Cascades

Gooooooood Morning Colorado! PHOTO: Silverton Mountain

Gooooooood Morning Colorado! PHOTO: Silverton Mountain

It is officially a good week to be a ski resort marketing employee and officially a bad week to be a POWDER correspondent with a recently-broken collarbone and doctor’s orders for no skiing until Thanksgiving. Snow has arrived in a big way across the country, from Mt. Washington in the East to the Cascades to Silverton Mountain in Colorado, where the guide staff actually went skiing. NOAA is even hyping a winter storm warning for Bozeman, Montana, trying to get us to believe that one to two feet of snow are about to fall there. While great for satiating the lust for early turns, keep in mind that fall snowfall can also undermind regular season snowfall and make for some season-long subprime avalanche conditions, especially in the intermountain West.

United We Ski (Small Hills)

November 7th marks the premiere for what should be an interesting film, United We Ski, which brothers Tyler and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray put together about the role small ski hills like their home mountain of Cochran’s Ski Area outside Burlington, Vermont, play in their local communities. We profiled them last fall when they were in the process of making the film. “What we have today is a group of survivors,” said Elliot in the interview. “Areas that have learned to beat the odds, each with their own creative strategy.”

MRA Will GM Mt. A

PHOTO: Ryan Dunfee

PHOTO: Ryan Dunfee

The Mountain Riders’ Alliance, the organization whose mission statement is “develop[ing] values-based, environmentally-friendly, rider-centric mountain playgrounds that encourage minimal carbon footprint business practices as well as alternative energy creation, while making a positive impact in the local community,” will take over the management of Maine’s Mt. Abram, which they supported as consultants last season. MRA has plans to focus on a more family-friendly experience, add tubing, and a Friday night town race league.

A-Bay Gets the Green Light

Arapahoe Basin got its master plan OK’d by the Forest Service this week, which means that Front Ranger rippers can look forward to a new lift in the Beavers area, a surface lift to improve access on Montezuma Bowl, and more water storage for snowmaking. The new Beavers lift would service about 400 acres of new terrain.

Free Ski Movie!

Why not?

Markus Eder

This Euro guy is good and all, but what really sold me was the switch front at 3:00 in. Pretty sure that’s the cleanest one I’ve seen since the US Open in 2001.

Writer’s Note: Well folks, that’s a rap for my tenure as Keeping of the Words of the Week In Review Previously Known As The Base Grind. Elementary school graduate Kade Krichko will be taking over the program going forward, as I’ll be moving to Wyoming to push the percentage of East Coast ex-pats living in Jackson Hole as a percentage of the overall population to a cool 87 percent, and also to work at Teton Gravity Research. It’s been a good trip…thanks for watching, er, reading!

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  • bobberwyn

    As always, I appreciate the link to the Summit Voice story on A-Basin, but your summary isn’t quite accurate. The master plan update was approved last winter. Now, the Forest Service has accepted a proposal to start an environmental analysis for implementing parts of that master plan, including a new lift in the Beavers area. I know that sounds a little picky, but it’s important in the context of federal environmental laws. Thanks again for the link!

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