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post #91 of 114

Early in the season there really isn't a huge terrain difference between Copper and Loveland, especially if you are only skiing beginning or intermediate slopes.  Loveland usually has more runs open early, but Copper seems (at least to me) to have more open than I would have expected.  Copper does have some exceptionally inviting beginner slopes though, due to their naturally divided terrain.  If you have a buy 1 get 1 to Copper I'd say to go there even though it's another half-hour down the road.

post #92 of 114

Copper has more Green terrain than Loveland so I would think that would be a better bet for your wife.

post #93 of 114

I would probably vote for Copper also...if you can get out mid-week before X-mas, I would recommend doing that.  Christmas day will not be as crowded as the 27th-31st, but it will be more crowded than it is now during the week.

post #94 of 114

a little stoke and a plug for Joel

 

Tuesday December 11th 2012 7:10am MST

The storm that moved through from Monday morning through Monday night behaved about as expected with many areas seeing a few inches of snow, the I-70 areas seeing up to 6 inches, and Steamboat reporting 8 inches. It'll be a nice, soft morning for most of these locations so take advantage!

Any snow showers this morning will relax and end by mid-morning or noon, and then we'll be dry for the rest of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The next storm arrives on Friday morning through Saturday afternoon and will bring the highest accumulations to the southern San Juans during the day on Friday. Snow will start early Friday morning for Wolf Creek, Durango, and Silverton and these areas could see 4-8 inches during the day with perhaps more at Wolf Creek. The southerly wind (meaning the wind is coming from the south) favors the southern San Juans and does NOT favor other locations, so most mountains will see only snow showers on Friday totalling perhaps an inch or two.

The storm moves across the state on Friday night into Saturday morning and the winds will switch around to blow from the west. Snow will fall for most mountain areas Friday night into Saturday morning. This part of the storm is a bit more nebulous with one or two pieces of energy moving through Saturday and Saturday afternoon, so I'm less confident on the snowfall amounts. That said, Saturday should have fresh snow for most locations.

Saturday night and Sunday look to be on the dry side, but another storm is likely Sunday night through Monday and then another storm or two could follow during the remainder of next week. These storms are 7-10 days away, so I have no ability to forecast the details, but the pattern looks good for consistent chances of snow and that's all that we can ask for. Viva la powder!

JOEL GRATZ

post #95 of 114
It's good stoke, our collective pessimism has turned the tide for a few weeks. NOAA also saying CO looks to be in an active pattern up to Christmas.
post #96 of 114

Lots of nice uncrowded soft blues and greens at copper today!  Pretty impressed with their snow making. 

post #97 of 114

It's been a tuff season thus far, hard to predict Feb's snow pack.... 2 days to stay only? Ski Loveland (for warm up & kids school class) and next "day trip" to Keystone. Only a suggestion! Ski safe.... JD

post #98 of 114

Normal winter weather in most Colorado resorts is about a foot every week.  This is roughly what's been happening since the weekend and predicted in the near term.  That's fine, and I would not be too worried about pre-booked February and later trips. But it's not that likely to make up the deficit of the past few weeks in the short term, barring an uncharacteristic dump as in December 2007.  So the best way to look at it is that Christmas week will be like a normal first of December, MLK will be like a normal Christmas, etc.   Thus I'd recommend trying to go elsewhere in December, particularly since crowding will degrade conditions a lot on mountains that are half or less open.  MLK is most likely to be a bit low tide but manageable.

post #99 of 114

Vail announced this afternoon it is opening Sunup and Sundown Bowls this Saturday (December 22).  And a few Vail patrollers told me today that there MIGHT be an opening of China Bowl as early as tomorrow (Friday)---though China Bowl is NOT in any of the Vail Resorts' announcements today.  

 

Anyway...with 100 front-side runs open this week at Vail and only moderate crowds...it has shaped up as a better ski week in central Colorado than what it looked like at the beginning of December. 

post #100 of 114

I am getting psyched - I am coming to Vail on 1/4 for a week - hope there is more snow after the Christmas/New Years Crowd.  Would be interested in meeting up with some knowledgable Vail skiers that will share their "stashes".  Only skied there a handful of times, but love Blue Sky Basin and Game Creek Bowl - don't know the Front Side that well except for Highline, Northwood trail pod

post #101 of 114

I skied Vail this past Monday thru yesterday (12/20) and the conditions are excellent! Only the front side is open but the skiing is like mid winter, packed powder with some powder if you get to the newly opened runs early. More terrain is opening almost every day. The tree skiing is not that good because there is a lot of dead fall that has not been covered but the doesn't keep the brave/foolish from going in anyway.

 

As always, more snow is better, but so far it's very good.

post #102 of 114

I also just got back from a week at the 1-70 ski resorts.  Vail does have the Game Creek Bowl open with tons of awesome soft lil bumps- I loved em'.  Did Loveland, Keystone, Vail, A Basin, Beaver Creek.  Vail by far had the most open and the most challenging terrain open and was amazing (despite the 25$ parking and 25$ resort fee and 13$ bowl of soup :), Beaver Creek second (really good!) and Keystone third (had both an icy afternoon and a really soft day.)  Looks like more will open up fairly early this year. I had an amazing day at A Basin as it snowed 11" while there.  As an east coaster heading up to his first day at his home mountain (Blue Knob PA which has opened) I must say I really like the feel of Loveland and A Basin, just fun places to ski.

post #103 of 114
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I also just got back from a week at the 1-70 ski resorts.  Vail does have the Game Creek Bowl open with tons of awesome soft lil bumps- I loved em'.  Did Loveland, Keystone, Vail, A Basin, Beaver Creek.  Vail by far had the most open and the most challenging terrain open and was amazing (despite the 25$ parking and 25$ resort fee and 13$ bowl of soup :), Beaver Creek second (really good!) and Keystone third (had both an icy afternoon and a really soft day.)  Looks like more will open up fairly early this year. I had an amazing day at A Basin as it snowed 11" while there.  As an east coaster heading up to his first day at his home mountain (Blue Knob PA which has opened) I must say I really like the feel of Loveland and A Basin, just fun places to ski.

 

Was at Keystone myself last weekend there it was quite icy on a lot of the Intermediate runs.  Thankfully the green runs were quite nice and actually more enjoyable for me.   Seems like they got a lot of snow over the past week, so hopefully the icy conditions have settled a bit.  


Hope to check out Loveland in a few weeks. It was my first time skiing in 20 years last weekend and apparently I've caught the bug again!

post #104 of 114

I skied Copper last Sunday 12/16 and Keystone last Monday 12/17.  Very cold and snowy most of the time, but I had a lot of fun (first time skiing Keystone in over 10 years).  I have to say the conditions then were a little worse than last year at the same time, but after all the snow storms, I think I heard most of the ski areas are better off now than last year.  Hopefully the ski areas will keep getting snow at least once a week through January, then hopefully we'll see the spring storms that we usually get.  I'm hoping to ski A-Basin into June again.
 

post #105 of 114

Skied Copper both days over the weekend.  For the most part, it is in good shape.  The groomers have plenty of coverage, and the snow is pretty grippy; only a few slick spots here and there.  There is a bit of terrain open, but you have to watch for the organic and mineral matter.  Skiing is perhaps a bit better than last year, and snow is in the forecast!

 

Mike

post #106 of 114
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Skied Copper both days over the weekend.  For the most part, it is in good shape.  The groomers have plenty of coverage, and the snow is pretty grippy; only a few slick spots here and there.  There is a bit of terrain open, but you have to watch for the organic and mineral matter.  Skiing is perhaps a bit better than last year, and snow is in the forecast!

 

Mike

 

 

We call that snirtbiggrin.gif

 

Sorry I missed you Mike!

post #107 of 114
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Skied Copper both days over the weekend.  For the most part, it is in good shape.  The groomers have plenty of coverage, and the snow is pretty grippy; only a few slick spots here and there.  There is a bit of terrain open, but you have to watch for the organic and mineral matter.  Skiing is perhaps a bit better than last year, and snow is in the forecast!

 

Mike

 

This made me giggle.  That's what I'm going to say from now on =)  Sounds much better than "tree tops, roots, and rocks."

 

I've been skiing Breck recently - same impression, although I was there late last week, not this weekend.

post #108 of 114

Most areas around i70 still need a good 2 feet of snow to get good. Yeah, Vail did open Blue Sky Basin but I think it was more of a publicity move since the skiing is pretty bad there and the powder was demolished in the first 30-45min of opening.

 

Here is a video taken yesterday at Blue Sky just three hours after opening: http://vimeo.com/56209823#           yikes! :O

post #109 of 114

he boat continues to delver, gonna break the 100" mark by tomorrow AM with a series of storms starting Wednesday.  

post #110 of 114

Skied Breck this past weekend and it's definitely behind what conditions were last season. With limited terrain there are runs where ski traffic has scraped the snow to hardpack. Luckily early morning runs on groomers were rewarding. Most greens and blues were open with limited blacks. The t-bar up peak 8 was open, but reports of sketch conditions with scattered rocks everywhere. Hoping this week's latest storm will bring a few more base building inches to Summit County. Meanwhile, sharpen those edges.

post #111 of 114

Winter Park is in pretty good shape for the holiday crowd.  We skied it yesterday (Christmas Day),  and found generally good conditions all over the mountain. I found no ice anywhere,  as even the groomed areas had a nice soft base.  Some of the steeper terrain is best avoided due to rocks,  but runs like Gandy Dancer and Drunken Frenchman skied just fine.  Outhouse was doable,  but I found myself picking my way down in bursts searching for rock-free lines.  I only like that run under ideal conditions anyway - otherwise it's a lot of work for not that much fun.  The runs under the Eskimo lift on the WP side were really fun with only an occasional rock (which can be found in even the best of conditions - they don't call 'em the Rocky Mountains for nuthin')

 

Rumor that the Panoramic Express is going to open Thursday.  I would LOVE to be there for that first chair - my youngest is heading up with another family to ski Thurs/Fri - I'm thinking of saying no just out of jealousy!  The Vasquez Ridge stuff is not open either.  Later in the day,  they opened some of the stuff under the Super Guage (still want to call it the Summit Express).  We didn't ski it as we were working our way back to the car,  but I imagine rock skis were in order after the first hour or so.

 

While more snow is definitely needed,  I was very pleased with the conditions overall.  I think most of the Christmas crowd will have a great time.

 

AM.

post #112 of 114
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Originally Posted by asp125 View Post

Skied Breck this past weekend and it's definitely behind what conditions were last season. With limited terrain there are runs where ski traffic has scraped the snow to hardpack. Luckily early morning runs on groomers were rewarding. Most greens and blues were open with limited blacks. The t-bar up peak 8 was open, but reports of sketch conditions with scattered rocks everywhere. Hoping this week's latest storm will bring a few more base building inches to Summit County. Meanwhile, sharpen those edges.

 

Skied Breck today and found plenty of soft turns in Horseshoe Bowl - you just have to do a bit of rock skipping to get into the better lines.  Breck was amazingly uncrowded for Christmas week.

post #113 of 114
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Skied Breck today and found plenty of soft turns in Horseshoe Bowl - you just have to do a bit of rock skipping to get into the better lines.  Breck was amazingly uncrowded for Christmas week.

 

 

There was not a single lift line at Copper today...not one...not ever....ski into every chair...even Flyer which never happens...great for me..... not so great for Copper...we need snow and need it really bad...it is no better than last year and that is saying something..

post #114 of 114

Dave, maybe I'll see you up there the rest of the week. I should be on the hill pretty much through the 1st.

 

Mike

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