Thought I'd fill folk in on the Summit County conditions this weekend. We had a couple of nice snowfalls...in Denver. There wasn't much of anything that hit in Summit County, at least as far as Breck and Copper are concerned. A bit of a bummer, but the skiing isn't that bad for this time of the year.
Today, I had a nasty drive up to Breck for my unlimited group lesson. For those of you not in the know, you can buy a season long unlimited group lesson pass if you are a season pass holder for roughly $300. You have to buy it within the next week or so, but it's good on any Thurs-Sunday except for the blackout days, which include the usual holidays and parts of March for spring break. A great deal, and a great way to get some instruction and (most importantly at Breck) cut the lift lines.
The drive up to Breck today was nasty because it was snowing pretty hard in Denver and up to the tunnel. It seems that most folk have forgotten how to drive in snow. They certainly have forgotten how to get the hell out of the left lane, even though it is a state law. Anyway, somehow I made it to the lift line almost at the same time as the group I was skiing with left. I guess I had my hustle on getting out of the car and to the lift.
As mentioned above, we haven't really had any snow in Summit County in the past week. The skiing, however, was pretty good for early season conditions. Since the base is only 20 inches, there isn't any real terrain open, but you can get a bunch of technique work down on the groomers, which are skiing remarkably well for the amount of traffic we've had on them. Sure, there are a few of those patches we here in the West would call icy, but in reality almost all of the surface is very edgable hardback. Except for where there is nice sugar snow on top.
It's amazing how much fun you can have on this stuff. And its fantastic to tune everything up while waiting for the base to build and terrain to open.
Tomorrow, I'll fill you in on how Copper is skiing.