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How's Vail?

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Thread Starter 

Going to Vail in a little more then 2 weeks.  How's it been after that great early season you had?

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I was last at Vail on Jan 20th and it skied great.  A fellow bear took pics- All pictures here, including the full jump sequences (about halfway down, look for the bluebird pics with the Vail, Jan. 20 caption): http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzsummit/sets/72157625148529215/

 

It was warm and sunny this weekend, but started snowing here in Summit this afternoon with very cold temps predicted the next few days.  They have a great base and any refreshers should make it ski very nice.

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Nice pictures.  Beaver Creek in good shape as well?  We're supposed to be heading out there on Wednesday, but we're a little worried about the storm screwing with our flights from Detroit.

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Hey SMJ

 

Go to page 3 of the pictures on the link that MEFree posted.  I'm in red............and you'll never guess what skis I'm on yahoo.gif

 

Check out the tip float !

 

Snowing hard here in Summit right now with considerable wind.  I'm guessing 6-12 overnight for Vail.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 

Nice! Mefree and UL.  I think I can guess - something to do with a kyle maybe?

 

I really want to ski with you.  Will you be out there late Feb?

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Nice! Mefree and UL.  I think I can guess - something to do with a kyle maybe?

 

I really want to ski with you.  Will you be out there late Feb?


Affirmative on Kyle.  The memory on this laptop is shot.  I plan to post a review on the "Epic skis" soon as I am home.  Faisal sent me copies of the photos but I can't resize them.

 

I am headed home shortly and won't be back to Summit/Eagle Counties till early April.  GET your butt out to The Gathering.  The least I could do is buy you dinner for your help with the skis I got.  Come on......you can meet 60 of your closest friends from here.

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Thread Starter 

If I had the money I would.  We bought Colorado passes so if that will help it might make it easy.  Using all the Vail ones though in Feb.

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If you bought in the Spring you are good to go at Vail in April.  If not I'll all but bet we can dig up a comp or heavily discounted day ticket for the 2 days at Vail.

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Conditions are fantastic.

 

Although we were in the 40s over the weekend and it's going back to negative temps. More snow forecasted on the way....

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I skied Beaver Creek this past Sat. and Sun and there is great coverage but no fresh snow or soft conditions just very firm hard pack, so Vail is likely the same.

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I would be willing to bet the south facing bowls with 2" would be interesting today!

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I would be willing to bet the south facing bowls with 2" would be interesting today!


-1 today.

40 deg this weekend.

Dust on crust baby !

 

SCRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTCHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

If I had the money I would.  We bought Colorado passes so if that will help it might make it easy.  Using all the Vail ones though in Feb.


Steve, I just booked Boston to Denver on Southwest - $269 rt, non-stop and no baggage fees. Digs are $75 pn with breakfast with the Comfor Inn deal Mike arranged. I am throwing in with Old Boot/Lady Salina on the car - or you and I could get one. You have a pass and UL can help with tix. C'mon, no one on their death bed ever said, "gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office."

David
 

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I'm leaving 15" of new snow in Michigan to head out to BC.  I'll see if I can bring some with me.... assuming our flight isn't canceled tomorrow!

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I'm leaving 15" of new snow in Michigan to head out to BC.  I'll see if I can bring some with me.... assuming our flight isn't canceled tomorrow!



Go hit Boyne !

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With expected driving conditions, I can probably get out to Colorado faster!

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Unfortunetely the 15" in Michigan hitting the southern half of the state, Northern Michigan isn't expected to get any of this.  I guess you could go hit up Mt. Holly, Brighton, Alpine Valley, or Pine Knob for some freshies.....

 

Anyways, skied Vail over the weekend.  It was sunny, warm, and almost spring-like.  That said, they have a good base, above average for this time of the year.   However, it hadn't snowed in several days so it was pretty much skied out.  There was still some good soft snow on north-facing places in Blue Sky Basin and the front, but the Back Bowls were sun-crust.  They were no fun at all on Sunday.  Mostly was a groomer day.

 

It will come down to the storm forecast over the next few weeks.  Just needs a good dose of new snow to return to amazing conditions. 

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Steve... save your money and stay home! The conditions REALLY SUCK!  I'd hate for you to ruin a good pair of skis....  HAHHAHAHAHAHA

 

Look forward to seeing you when you get out here... Drop by LH and find me- maybe we'll get a few runs in!

 

Ric

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I skied Vail last week Thursday- Monday of this week. I thought it was pretty good . Would have substituted the sun and warmer temps for some pow but as everybody has said there is alot of snow.  I did manage to ski over a rock laying in the snow at the bottom of Tourist Trap at the end of the day, No ski bottom damage thankfully. But I don't think I saw a bare spot anywhere.. It must have been one of the few rocks laying anywhere in Vail's 5,000 acres.

 

This weekend it looks like the snow comes back to freshen everything back up.  Left my big rockered powder skis out in my buddy's condo locker down in Avon . Hauled them back out there again and never skied them while I was there. I'll be back the end of this month for another 4-5 days, and hope the snow Gods cooperate and I can take them out.

 

To me it's hard to beat Vail and the typical conditions they have. Especially coming from a small hill in Pa. Vail for me never disappoints. Always a great time and wonderful ski experience. I share lift rides all day with other skiers that travelled from all over the world to ski there. Vail must be doing something right.

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I skied Vail on Monday.  Coverage was as good as I've ever seen, though the weekend thaw caused all south-facing slopes (read: most of the Back Bowls) to set up firm and coral-like where things weren't groomed.  The front side and Blue Sky Basin were softer and skied really, really well.  The cold and the fresh snow have likely softened things up again in the Back Bowls.

 

Beaver Creek hasn't received nearly as much snow as Vail this season, and it's skiing a bit less soft than Vail, according to a friend of mine who is a local.  Additional snow will likely help, but Vail is still enjoying better coverage.

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How's Vail?  Not too bad.  Healing slowly.  Needs more rehab.   

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2-3 inches of new on the ground at my house in Denver right now from this afternoon, but I don't know how much fell up in the hills. I hope to find out on Sunday- the weather forecast is for snow.

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WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
MIDNIGHT MST SUNDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT MST SUNDAY NIGHT. THE
WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOWFALL WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...8 TO 18 INCHES IS EXPECTED WITH HIGHER
AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ON NORTHWEST FACING SLOPES.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH.

* VISIBILITY...LESS THAN 1 MILE AT TIMES IN THE HEAVIER SNOW.

* IMPACTS...THE FOCUS OF THE HEAVIER SNOW INITIALLY IS EXPECTED TO
BE FROM THE VAIL PASS AREA NORTHWARD TO THE PARK RANGE AND THE
FLATTOPS. BETTER SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD EXPAND WESTWARD INTO
THE ELK MOUNTAINS LATER IN THE WEEKEND. MOUNTAIN ROADS WILL
BECOME SNOWPACKED...WITH LOW VISIBILITY IN SNOWFALL AND BLOWING
SNOW...ESPECIALLY OVER HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES.

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Officially 7" yesterday but was over our knees for the most part.

18" reported today and it's still coming down.

 

Consider Vail healed.

post #25 of 34
18" new this morning--most in the country...
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Have fun!
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I was planning to hit Copper or Breck this morning, but Vail looks pretty enticing- most of the snow I got in Frisco came during the day yesterday, so I know a lot of the 18" will have already been skied on, but it still should be great today...

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Ended up at Copper and it was sweet!!!

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Great to hear... I'll be there Tu/We this weeks, so hopin' it keeps coming...!

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Vail was awesome yesterday and like others said most of that 18 fell yesterday. They reported 7" but by the time they opened everywhere was skiing at knee level (18" on me) or higher, most under reported day I have seen. By the end of the day back in the bowls it was thigh deep and even waist deep in a few places. To make it even better there was almost no crowds and every one that was there was skiing Blue Sky. There where still plenty of untracked lines in Siberian to be found.

 

Convo from yesterday

 

Me: "Should we traverse further across the bowl?"

 

Friend: "Why do more work? to ski more untracked the untracked we are skiing?"

 

Edit: CAIC is predicting snow through tuesday so you should have some pretty good snow ssh 

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I've been following http://snowforecast.com/, and hope they're right... BTW, "there" for me is Copper... Vail later this month, right SMJ?

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