Flew into DIA on Feb 4th. Light blowing snow when we landed. A good 8"-12" on the ground. The plows were busy removing snow from the taxi ways, and jet ways.
On I-70, we saw lots of cars in the ditches, or just abandoned on the side of the road. Sadly, the farther west we went, the less snow we saw. Upon arriving at our lodging in Beaver Creek, we were greeted with the sight of dirt and weeds, and patches of snow. Yes, the mountain runs are covered in snow. But sadly the Rockies are lacking in decent coverage. Keep in mind I am coming from the PNW, where the coverage is great, and the base is solid.
I skied BC on Sunday. Larkspur groomers were fast and firm. BC has done their best to groom the little snow they have. Red Tail was nice. Most of the runs around Centennial are fine. You can see all sorts of rock, twigs, and bushes poking out as you ride up the Grouse Mtn lift. Sad to see such slim pickings in February. I hit a few rocks hitting some of the moguls off of Larkspur, and then again I took a nice shot to my bases, when I sampled some of the terrain just off Centennial. Oh well, I brought my rock skis, so, they are used to such abuse. Still, knowing that there is a high pressure with high freezing levels in WA state, we enjoyed the sun and scenery here at BC. We passed on the cookies, and just relaxed back at the condo and watched the Super Bowl.
Today we skied Vail. It is my first time skiing Vail. We loaded up right at 8:30 AM and skied the nice firm corduroy off Espresso and Capuccino. We dove into the wide groomed blvds off of Northwoods and then headed to Blue Sky Basin. Quite a treck to get out there. Along the way, I lamented the shrubbery and rocks, and weeds sticking out of the snow. This place would be a lot of fun on a pow day. Sadly, that won't be happening this trip. We did have light snow showers today, as the sun poked in anbd out now and again. There was a 1/4" dusting on top of Cloud Nine and Grand Review. Avanti was the best bet after lunch. Fast and rolling whoop de doos. Me and my ski party at times had the slopes to ourselves. Never waited more than a few minutes, and that was at the Eagle Bahn Gondola. I would say the back bowls really could use at least another 12" of snow. I do hope they get that and more in the near furture. A margarita at Los Amigos and watching skiers and boarders crash and slide down Pepi's was good apre ski activity.
There is word of some snow falling tonight at Breck, which is where we will be skiing on Tuesday. Still one of my most memorable pow days was at Breck, and hope that the possible 5" does materialize.