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February 26, 2008

Snow Day

arapahoe basin, skiing, colorado, summit countyIn a departure from my usual content, I decided to post some pictures from my day of skiing Monday at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. I've been skiing at 'A-Basin' for about 13 years and it has got to be one of the coolest places on earth to ski. Known for its expert terrain, hordes of ebullient dogs, high winds, frigid temps, charcoal grills and microbrews, sweet and pungent aromas, and lots of smiling locals, the Basin has no condos, no fur coats and no clubs. And now, it's also known for a new lift on the ski area's backside - known as Montezuma Bowl - which increases the ski-able terrain by 80%. Certainly there are ecological implications to this expansion - but that critique will have to wait. I will mention, however, that the management at Arapahoe Basin has made environmental stewardship a priority, and they have taken many progressive steps towards lightening the area's ecological footprint.

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