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post #241 of 262

Note that LL closes for the season on 5/5.

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Note that LL closes for the season on 5/5.


good call....thanks

post #243 of 262
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

I imagine the whole area should have plenty of coverage to make it through mid-May, despite low snowfall totals for the season.  Thoughts?

I would think so. The base at higher elevation resorts is probably as high as it has been all season, and coverage is probably as good with wetter snows and less wind. That is a very general statement, though.

GFS is forecasting 3-4 feet for the northern Front Range for the storm early next week, but it was for the last one as well and we know how that turned out. Why not LL for the first trip and AB for the second?
post #244 of 262

Monarch last Wednesday...

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Why not LL for the first trip and AB for the second?

 

Ski bum....limited finances...$169 spring pass sounds real nice...if I ski for the 24 days I'm planning it will work out to about 8 bucks a day...can't really beat that

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Ski bum....limited finances...$169 spring pass sounds real nice...if I ski for the 24 days I'm planning it will work out to about 8 bucks a day...can't really beat that

I missed that...thought you were coming out twice, not for the duration. So yea...spring pass...
post #247 of 262
How's a foot of fresh sound for closing day?
post #248 of 262
Looks easily double that by Thu for northern resorts still open biggrin.gif.
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Ski bum....limited finances...$169 spring pass sounds real nice...if I ski for the 24 days I'm planning it will work out to about 8 bucks a day...can't really beat that

 

Wish lodging was that cheap!

post #250 of 262
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I'll be hitting Monarch Friday, Sat, Sun to close out my season.  Seems like it won't be terrible. ;)


Not terrible indeed!  Another of the infamous Monarch power outages but, 13" or so, cures all ails.  I believe I saw the guy/kid in the ghillie suit you keep mentioning and wished I would have got a picture.  There were a bunch of freaks on the hill although all were harmless and happy on this closing day.  Colorado is on a final push to obliterate last years woes in the snow pack category.  It will never be enough for all but, it sure has been fun for some!

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Not terrible indeed!  Another of the infamous Monarch power outages but, 13" or so, cures all ails.  I believe I saw the guy/kid in the ghillie suit you keep mentioning and wished I would have got a picture.  There were a bunch of freaks on the hill although all were harmless and happy on this closing day.  Colorado is on a final push to obliterate last years woes in the snow pack category.  It will never be enough for all but, it sure has been fun for some!

 

Had a ball at Monarch this weekend, even with the drama.  Wolf Creek has spoiled me to a lot of other ski areas, but I wouldn't feel sad at all if I had to move to Salida and ski Monarch as home.

 

I remember thinking that Monarch didn't really have any-top tier terrain. And then I dropped into Staircase on Friday, almost fired out a 40 foot cliff blind before realizing what I was skiing into at the last minute, then proceeded to throw everything I had into a few hop turns to make my way down a fairly tight and very steep chute.  When I skied in, I remember thinking "This is Monarch, none of its stuff is really that bad..." In short, it was in definite contention for being the toughest line I have skied all year, and it was definitely tough enough to get the pucker factor going.  I'm really glad I went out to Mirkwood Friday, as the lift was on wind hold Saturday and Sunday. :(

 

We were camping in Salida for the weekend, and we had actually rousted ourselves to get first chair, just to hear driving through Salida that the power was out. So, back to the camp trailer to basically refresh the website, twitter, and facebook feeds for updates.  When they announced they would spin lifts, I drive up, and had just gotten my daypass when the cheer went up and they started loading Garfield. I got on within 5 minutes of Garfield opening, took a good fun line down Kanonen and Cleanzer, and ended up just parrked in the scrum waiting for Garfield reload.  After ten minutes of going nowhere, I hiked back up the hill to Tumblina, figuring skiing 300 vert of trees was better than not skiing. The liftie announced they were opening Panorama just as I loaded Tumblina, so I used Beeline for its intended purpose and was about the 15th person on Pano.  Me and the guy I rode the chair lift apparently had the exact same idea, because we both got off the chair and headed straight down High Anxiety for first tracks.  I started seeing kids and boarders with questionable skills start approaching the Sheer Rock O namesake rock, so my next run was down Rock O- I was pretty happy with my line, but was more impressed with the SIT SKIER that was coming down Rock O at the same time.

 

After that, I decided to got hike up to the upper entrance of Curecanti, as they still hadn't started spinning Pioneer. I got to the hike gate with no less than 20 people with the exact same idea- with NO tracks on the hike track. As a group, we decided that mean that fate brought us together to do a Cornice session. :)

 

I shared a lot of fun runs with a lot of cool folks- a dude on a monoski, a ski patroller from Wildcat Mountain in NH visiting Monarch for the first time (and loving it), and a bunch of other people just having a ball.

 

For as aggro as people were starting to get in the AM with the power down and then a staggered lift opening, as soon as people started getting the goods I think pretty much everybody was having a blast.

 

And, that is probably it for me for the season. :(

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Indeed. Monarch has become a real favorite mountain. You can find some impressive stuff hidden away in the trees skier's right of Mirkwood for sure. The trees skier's left of Curecanti are nice too. And Salida is just such a cool little town. I wouldn't mind living there some day!

post #253 of 262

All is well in Colorado!

SnowCam

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 The trees skier's left of

 

SHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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Top shelf day today at Loveland.  Season in Colorado is still cranking with some high teen temperatures and 11" and 13" new at Loveland and A Basin.  First couple runs on Chair 1 today were Blower Pow reminiscent of mid season.  Loveland holding strong with 77" base while A Bay is around 70".  It may have been the last cold storm of the season but, damn was it good!

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Now This is Colorado on Mayday! 

post #257 of 262

Today ... Oct 13th, 2013, 9AM in Tejas.

 

A weather condition worth watching: The first winter type storm has happened already. This is the second event. It will be happening for the next 5 days and serve as an indicator of what to expect for roughly the next 3 months.

 

The jet stream has a very significant dip. Warm air is pumping up from the Baja over the Sonoran desert. The chemistry should be there for significant precip over the southern Rockies. but, will It happen?

 

I've seen so much footage and read so much about global warming and melting glaciers that I'm getting more than depressed. I hope this storm sequence pans out. It is the bellwether event for 2013-2014

post #258 of 262

This from some climatologists at Los Alamos National Laboratories.... "New Mexico and other portions of the Southwest probably have a couple of wet decades ahead, according to the team’s latest climate research, published in the September issue of the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics.... The next five years will determine whether the Southwest keeps on its hotter, drier path or enjoys a reprieve with some increased precipitation, according to the LANL research team headed by Petr Chylek. It depends on which way sea surface temperatures swing in the North Atlantic Ocean. Chylek thinks things are about to get a lot wetter."

 

Here's hoping!!!

 

 

 

 

 

post #259 of 262

It bothers me that the year is wrong, so I created a new thread.

 

Here's to a great season.

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/122168/2013-2014-colorado-new-mexico-weather-discussion

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It bothers me that the year is wrong, so I created a new thread.

 

Here's to a great season.

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/122168/2013-2014-colorado-new-mexico-weather-discussion

Would you like this thread to be locked?

post #261 of 262

Would Love for it to be locked.  Waited till March for Winter to arrive last year in Ski Country USA.  Ready to turn that page and get this party started!

post #262 of 262

Thread locked at user request.  Hopefully OP and others agree.  Current thread is:

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/122168/2013-2014-colorado-new-mexico-weather-discussion

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