Well it looks like ski season in the East is just about over. Today Hoff and I skied in 75 degree weather in conditions that were akin to a puddle. Although this season was not always what we'd hoped, there were still great days to be had and not one hour spent on the hill was wasted. I hope this is not the end but based on the weather it may be. To all of you fellow ski nuts, may the pow be with you...
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Today we ventured back out to Big Jay, this time accompanied by Ryan and our friend Marshall. The sun had softened the snow quite a bit, making it extremely difficult to move through the heavy mashed potatoes. Today became a lesson in backcountry safety for all of us when Ryan tumbled backwards off a small cliff and broke his binding. He then had to get down the mountain on one ski, which provedto be quite the endeavor. Luckily, with the support of everyone, he made it down in one piece, although the same can't be said for his skis. One lesson we all learned: ski with a group!
Today the crew, myself, Becca, Sara, Lily, Alex, Brian, Kyle, as well as a few new friends took an excursion out to Big Jay, the back country of the ski resort. There were bluebird skies all day and it was quite the experience to say the least. The hike out there was more fun than any of us imagined and the skiing did not disappoint. There was an abundance of steep terrain that funneled into some great tree skiing. The top featured chutes and cliffs galore, and not one of us left without a smile plastered upon our face. Tomorrow: Plan for the same.
Today the family in I participated in something called "Dawn Busters" as part of the Carnivail activities hosted by the mountain for the Dartmouth Alumni, i.e. my dad. We got up on the lifts at 7:30, an hour before anybody else, and enjoyed some freshly groomed runs on the Northbrook Express Quad as well as out in the bowls. The scenery was beautiful and my legs thanked me for taking it easy after going hard for the initial four days. It was bluebird skies all day and I even received the slightest goggle tan on my pasty white Irish skin. Sadly it is my last day in Colorado, but the coming week means that I get to return to the mother ship...Jay Peak.
Today my cousin Drew came up to ski from Denver and showed me around the mountain a little bit. Knowing my eastern roots he took me into some great woods out in Blue Sky Basin, fully equipped with tight turns and some cool cliffs. After spending the day out in the bowls we had lunch at Mid-Vail before spending the rest of the day grooming it out at Lionshead. At this point my legs are becoming wobbly and tomorrow may be a straight groomer/goggle tan day.
The snow hasn't stopped and Friday offered up some great skiing. Early in the morning I hightailed it out to the Mongolia Poma and Mongolia Bowls where there was plenty of untouched turns to be had. After three runs out there, each consisting of a brutal run out that involved plenty of skating, I headed back out to Blue Sky for some woods skiing and ended the day with the family on the front side.
I got my first full day in at Vail and it didn't disappoint. The snow never stopped and I was able to get some great runs in out in Blue Sky Basin where I spent the majority of my day. Steep and Deep, Lover's Leep and the Montane Glades were my highlights. At the end of the day I even got some hoots and hollers from the chairlift as I dropped two cliffs under the Northbrook Express Quad. The snow isn't supposed to stop until Saturday which I can't complain about.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
After a long day of travel I finally arrived in Vail at about 12:30 local time, giving me a solid half day of skiing. The word was that 11" fell the night before, but when I got there it was mostly skied off. Luckily I know the mountain pretty well and was able to find some nice snow out in the back bowls and in Blue Sky Basin. Thanks to Becca's purchase of the GoPro chest mount, I got some great footage out in Blue Sky Basin. The forecast says snow for the next 3 days so I couldn't be more excited!
We awoke to what can only be described as a dream...47 inches of powder in 48 hours. We blasted through waist deep powder all day and those shit eating grins never left our faces. Tonelli took the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures as the skies remained blue all day. Unfortunately the edit of the footage from the weekend is taking me a while to upload, considering its upwards of 30 GB in size. It'll be up soon enough. Hopefully this storm signifies the real start of winter. Jay, I'll see you soon.
After a treacherous drive up to Jay the night before we woke up to 12-15 inches of new fluff and the snow continued all day. We blasted through knee deep powder all day and tried our best to withstand the brutal winds that were associated with the storm. Our posse was large including Alex, Sara, Becca, Tonelli, Hoffman, Ryan as well as myself. The snow continued all night making for a Sunday for the record books.