So, I was able to get back on snow today for the first time since February 26, 2011. On that date, I blew my ACL. First run of the day doing the Talon's Challenge at Beaver Creek.
My buddy and I rolled into the parking lot at Copper around 9. We looked at the lift line. It was at least 20 minutes, and getting longer. As we are now both "more experienced" men, our first stop was, yep, the men's room. Next stop was the season pass line, where we were able to "bolt on" to our season passes the Secret Pass. Shush. It's secret. Well, ok, I'll let those of you willing to read this far in on the secret: you can buy access to the Secret Pass line at the busiest lifts at Copper (American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Excellerator, and Timberline) for $99.
Upgraded, we headed to the slopes. With my new MX78's. Which I thought had been adjusted to my BSL and DIN settings. Back into the lodge we go. After waiting for 5 minutes at the shop, we overheard that there was quite a number of jobs in front of us. But there was a bench with a screwdriver attached... Now, perhaps I shouldn't adjust my own bindings. Especially given that it is the first day back from an ACL reconstruction. But ski, or wait? Yep, you know what I did.
Five minutes later, back to the lift. Skis went on perfectly, and we headed up the secret line right to the front of the lift. There was only one run open for the general public (Copperopolis was open for race training), but we managed to get 10 runs, about 15k vertical feet, in. We did have lunch, and knocked off early. The Ortho did tell me to take it easy at the start, right?
A good day. I apologize for no pictures, but it would've been dangerous with the number of bodies flying around, at least a quarter of them racer folk mingles with pretty tentative intermediate skiers. Isn't early season fun?
I'm headed back up tomorrow...