On Wednesday, I rode Beaver Creek solo.
view from the gondola…
…and view from the mountain.
There was some fresh snow that day, but the best snow was gone by midday. I spent the later part of my short day riding the baby park and the halfpipe. The rest of the day was spent like most this week, hot tub, food, beer, bed.
On Thursday I hopped on the Turtle bus (party bus) to get over to Vail to meet up with Scott, a friend of Amelia’s, and a few of his friends.
a little scenery, right off the bus
The snow was good, still some fresh powder if you could find it… and we did at Blue Sky Basin. Besides the endless cat tracks, the day was filled with tight woods and some cliffs. So awesome.
I took a few photos in the woods…
…and on the groomers (because vail seriously has the best views)
You can see the snow plow charging up the hill… at beaver creek I seriously thought I was going to get hit by one of these. It just followed me along a cat track for about 5 minutes.
Sweet hat bro!
It was such a nice day out that I was feeling overdressed most of the day. This guy in the kilt clearly didn’t have that problem.
We rode until after 3, I think, making this the longest day I had had all season. We finished it off with some burritos and margarritas at a mexican joint on the way out. I took the bus back to Beaver Creek, but then took a drive out to keystone for some company, drinking, disappointingly luke warm hot tub, really hot sauna, and to be that much closer to Loveland…my destination for the next day.
On Friday, I met up with my friend Mike and his friend Mike to ski Loveland for the day.
Mike and Mike
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So for this special occasion, my first day at Loveland and my first day skiing with Mike, I got some skis through a “performance rental” and bought a ticket in the parking lot off some guy for $28. I was nervous at first, but aaaaah, it felt so good to be back on skis.
At first the visibility was terrible… and the snow was pretty hit or miss. But we kept moving and found a run that we stayed on for the rest of the day. And it snowed all day, so the run just kept getting better and better throughout the day. The run consisted of a skinny path through the woods, a wide open bowl with some crazy jumps and more woods until a long cat track and then a groomer to bomb at the end. Perfect.
one of the jumps…
…and another one.
my first attempt at shooting action skiing… totally failed on the timing… but here’s the other Mike jumping over patrol rock
yet, I actually did better on the timing with my blackberry that randomly has anywhere from a half second to a 10 second delay…here’s the other Mike throwing a 360
And some views…
Seriously, such a great day. It was so much fun to be back on skis, which allowed me to be that much faster and more confident with everything. Aaah. And we skiied until around 3:45, I think, making this now the longest day I’ve had, especially since I made it to the ski area some time around 8:30 or so.
I was originally planning to head home to Gunbarrel after the Loveland session, but Keith hit me up to let me know him and his friend TJ rode Beaver Creek and were looking to stay in Avon for the night. Psyched to have guests and to extend my vacation in the mountains one more day, I headed back to Avon. The drive seriously took forever. I think I made it back to Avon some time just before 7pm. The Vail Pass had been closed because of multiple accidents, so I stopped in Copper to grab some food and gas, and to plan my trip around the pass. But while there, the pass opened again, so I hopped back on 70 west. I made it up the pass fine, but on the way down, traffic was moving about 2mph the whole way. It was probably lucky though, because the roads were so icy that the Chevy Tahoe in front of my kept sliding everytime it stopped. Scary.
After I finally made it back to Avon, I met up with Keith and TJ at Finnegan’s Wake for a drink, and then we headed back to the Christie Lodge for some drinking and hot tubbing. Aaaah what a life.
The next day was amazing. It had snowed the day before and snowed all day as we rode. Our first mission was to get to Blue Sky Basin… which meant lots of cat tracks.
When we got there, it was so crowded. Ugh. So we basically gave up on Blue Sky Basin and just rode the Orient Express all day. Seriously everything was so amazing. The snow was so thick… it really felt like we were flying.
We did stop for a picnic near mid-day…
Keith was in camo and he didn’t even know it…
We ended the day probably around 3 or so. I was exhausted. It was my 6th day in a row riding/skiing and my legs were beat. Plus with all the new snow I was even slower on the cat tracks than ever before and had to hop or unstrap more that I would like to admit. Poor Keith and TJ… they had to sit around and wait for me every single run once I got to the cat track. Now more than ever, I’m determined to get my board tuned and waxed before riding again.
After catching a bus to the cars, we discovered there were parking tickets on every single car parked in the random lot that we were in. Oops. $38! We should have just paid the $25 to park in the vail lot. Ugh. And that was the end of my vacation… I drove 70 home, not bothered by the traffic at all. What a week!