The Basin From Above

Last light of the day hits the Arapahoe Basin Ski & Snowboard Area as seen from a vantage point high up on the Continental Divide. This image was taken after another visit to a peak named Cupid (13,117 feet). This time I hiked up with friend, Wayne Boland - again, starting at the top of Loveland Pass, Colorado.


Having skied (and monoskied, teleskied, and snowboarded) at A-Basin many, many times in my younger days, I appreciated playing at what was at the time, the highest lift-served access in North America. So having the chance last night to look down on it all felt a bit strange to me. It sure is a fun mountain and I really liked this perspective.


Last light hits East Wall while Pallivicini, Cornice Run and others stand out in the image and in my memory. In the distance on the right, runs from Breckenridge's peaks 9 & 10 also appear.




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  • Brad Goldpaint 4y

    Really like the perspective with that spectacular light. That golden snow is pretty surreal looking. What did you think about the D3S as compared to your D300? You should do some night shots with that badboy before you return it!
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  • Matthew Kuhns 4y

    looks beautiful, makes the mountains here seem small!
  • Erik Page 4y

    Sweet view, but I'm not sure how I feel about the slanted perspective. I take it you did that intentionally?
  • kate grinberg PRO 4y

    Superlative shot from one of my favorite places - your vantage point is totally unique!
  • Kristal Kraft PRO 4y

    Got Oxygen? Nice view!
  • Sandy/Scarlett Images ♥ Finally back! PRO 4y

    Wow, what a beautiful view from up there - love the warm golden tones, gorgeous shot Mike!
  • Wayne Boland PRO 4y

    I like how you caught this! The line of the ridge takes you right down to the ski area. I think many can get over the tilted sky...was a fun night...I haven't had a chance to play with my images from the trip yet. Looking forward to it though.
  • Mike Berenson PRO 4y

    Thank you so much everyone! And yes, that tilted horizon was intentional. At first, I resisted doing it but something about compositions just didn't look right (to me). So I tried one tilted and thought wow! Good thing I listened to the foreground. It may not work for everyone, but I'm glad I gave it a try.

    Brad Goldpaint I was thinking the same - on experimenting with the rented D3S in the darker night skies. In fact, that was my main mission. Unfortunately, right after this shot, I saw a low battery warning. And yea, that was a huge bummer! And because the EL4 battery is supposed to power such a rediculous number of shots, I had no backup (Wayne's first question). So I turned off the camera and packed it back inside my pack to stay as warm as possible for my main mission - the stars. And in the end, I got just 6 exposures under the dark skies before my rented D3S said good night. And of those, most were awful cause I hadn't even dialed in the exposure yet. I still need to take a closer look at results, but no doubt, I am disappointed that I didn't get to some more quality time with the D3S up there.
  • Brad Goldpaint 4y

    Mike Berenson - That does sound like a bummer! At least you were smart enough to store the camera and batteries away to try and conserve warmth. I'm shocked that they died so quickly. I've heard that those batteries last forever. Don't let it get you down though, Mike. If there's anyone out there that can make those night shots look good with a D300, I'd put my money on you!
  • Mike Berenson PRO 4y

    Brad Goldpaint Thanks Brad! I really appreciate your encouragement! And I agree on the battery - must have been a fluke! But even still, I think next time I rent I'll make sure to have a backup battery just in-case (just like I do with my own gear).
  • Ken Yuel PRO 4y

    hey Mike, you have some wonderful light for this scene, thanks!!!
  • Zach Dischner PRO 4y

    Too cool Mike! I'm digging the tilted horizon. gives it a epicer feel. And everything is so smooth! Instant fave for sure
  • Michael Menefee PRO 4y

    What a fun long view!

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  • epicalis 4y

    i like the texture and lighting.(:
  • mfrank :) 4y

    gostei do ângulo.
  • Colorado Scenics 4y

    Wonderful stuff!
  • Neil Kremer PRO 4y

    Nice image Really well done.
  • Russ D 4y

    I've skiied many times at ABasin and this is just a fantastic comp!!!! The foreground and clouds are beautiful. The light is fantastic!
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  • Petri Vanhala 4y

    Just amazing view which contrasts to the texture on the snow.
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Taken on April 8, 2011
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