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On Oct 6th, a storm caught Wolf Creek off-guard, and left them with 3 feet of snow, and a last minute decision to open the resort for the weekend. Early Saturday morning I left Breckenridge, driving in sketchy conditions over and down the backside of Hoosier Pass, where it was puking snow. A 3.5 hour drive later, I was past South FOrk and staring at a landscape covered in a thin blanket of snow and fall colors.

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I became skeptical about the reports of 3-4' of new snow. However, as I pulled up to the resort, the clouds parted to reveal the impressively early bluebird powder day.

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As I waited in line to purchase the $33 ticket, the vibe at the resort was clear. Everyone was extremely stoked to be skiing lift-served powder this early. The conditions were amazing, boot-top deep in most places, with pockets of knee-deep and tons of terrain open.

 

On the drive up, I was telling myself "It's early season, no hucking, Brian.". However, after a few runs, I realized that the conditions were just too good and I sought out my first stomp of the season.

 

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Diving into the trees, I approached a blind rollover. As I peered over the edge of the 15' cliff, a pillow half-way down called my name and with a silly grin on my face, I dropped down onto the beautiful fluffy whiteness, followed by another soft cushy landing. With the rushing of air tickling my senses, I pointed 'em out the exit chute.

 

In the afternoon, patrol opened the traverse out to Alberta Peak, and I headed out along the ridgeline to top off the day with a dessert of steep and deep chutes.

 

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At the top, the entrance was blind and had quite a few rocks. I carefully picked my first few turns through the guardians, and found deep snow as I entered a narrow gully. I straightened my skis out and pointed it through the deep. Air blasted my face as I gathered speed. As I came hauling out of the chute, I engaged a large turn, spraying snow across a field covered in the first visions of winter.

 

(NOT MY PHOTO - I was standing next to the photographer after we both dropped in)

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With legs burning, and the the chairs empty, I went back up for one final lap down Alberta face, and then headed to the lodge to meet a buddy for the drive back to Breckenridge.

 

With A-Basin and Loveland in the race to open the WROD, I can't help but look back on this day and wonder if it was only just a dream, or if I really did enter a time warp to mid-season.

 


Edited by Brian Lindahl - 10/12/11 at 9:07am
post #2 of 7

Nice, Thanks for sharing!

 

post #3 of 7

Sweet TR! I have never seen a mtn open with snow like that this early.

post #4 of 7

Super sweet TR icon14.gif

Did you wake from the dream yet wink.gif

 

post #5 of 7

That's pretty sweet - looks like December at least.

post #6 of 7

Thanks!!

 Late 70s- 80s we went to college @ Adams State in Alamosa.Stuck around after college for many years, The Creek was our home MT. Its now A 5 Hr. drive. Don't get there as much. Best powder day ever was at Wolf Creek ! Caught a storm late season that left 100 plus inchs in a 3 day storm!

  Happy you had a Great time!

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Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post

On Oct 6th, a storm caught Wolf Creek off-guard, and left them with 3 feet of snow, and a last minute decision to open the resort for the weekend. Early Saturday morning I left Breckenridge, driving in sketchy conditions over and down the backside of Hoosier Pass, where it was puking snow. A 3.5 hour drive later, I was past South FOrk and staring at a landscape covered in a thin blanket of snow and fall colors.

img0238pz.jpg

 

I became skeptical about the reports of 3-4' of new snow. However, as I pulled up to the resort, the clouds parted to reveal the impressively early bluebird powder day.

img0240t.jpg

 

As I waited in line to purchase the $33 ticket, the vibe at the resort was clear. Everyone was extremely stoked to be skiing lift-served powder this early. The conditions were amazing, boot-top deep in most places, with pockets of knee-deep and tons of terrain open.

 

On the drive up, I was telling myself "It's early season, no hucking, Brian.". However, after a few runs, I realized that the conditions were just too good and I sought out my first stomp of the season.

 

img0243xq.jpg

 

Diving into the trees, I approached a blind rollover. As I peered over the edge of the 15' cliff, a pillow half-way down called my name and with a silly grin on my face, I dropped down onto the beautiful fluffy whiteness, followed by another soft cushy landing. With the rushing of air tickling my senses, I pointed 'em out the exit chute.

 

In the afternoon, patrol opened the traverse out to Alberta Peak, and I headed out along the ridgeline to top off the day with a dessert of steep and deep chutes.

 

img0246xj.jpg

 

At the top, the entrance was blind and had quite a few rocks. I carefully picked my first few turns through the guardians, and found deep snow as I entered a narrow gully. I straightened my skis out and pointed it through the deep. Air blasted my face as I gathered speed. As I came hauling out of the chute, I engaged a large turn, spraying snow across a field covered in the first visions of winter.

 

(NOT MY PHOTO - I was standing next to the photographer after we both dropped in)

29907525069586362581321.jpg

 

With legs burning, and the the chairs empty, I went back up for one final lap down Alberta face, and then headed to the lodge to meet a buddy for the drive back to Breckenridge.

 

With A-Basin and Loveland in the race to open the WROD, I can't help but look back on this day and wonder if it was only just a dream, or if I really did enter a time warp to mid-season.

 



wow, it looks like mid december up there!

 

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