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post #31 of 56
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Hey prickly, you're a journalist. Fly across the Atlantic and do your job by investigating these weighty issues first hand. Despite your surprisingly lame trolling attempt, if you make it here before I leave I'll still spot you a few beers during aprés-ski. Unless of course you wish to use me as a source. Then you can buy me the beer.

post #32 of 56
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Vail needs more snow. A lot more. We’re not even thinking about venturing into the trees. The deadfall is everywhere, and I’m afraid that a nice 6 to 8” snowfall will only serve to make these booby traps more cunningly disguised.

 

 

 

Find your booby trap free lines now and ski the same lines after the snowfall.

 

If you ski it like it's soft, it will be hard.  But if you ski it like it's hard, it will be soft!

post #33 of 56
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Thank you SHREDHEAD. Seems like a sound strategy.

 

The Kid was up at the crack of 10:00 AM, so missed a few hours of Segbrown's stellar companionship. I, being an early riser, met Seg at the lifts when they opened and got to share turns for the whole day. Found some pretty good snow in Game Creek, and spent a large part of the day there. Chalky forgiving bumps of odd shapes under the lift, and a few groomers that maintained their integrity for virtually the entire day. Rest of the areas where we ventured were getting pretty well worn and scratchy. Still, we all smiled a lot, and basked in the sunshine.

post #34 of 56
While my decision will be last minute based on snow totals and health I think I'm going to stay closer to home and hit Loveland for their 75th anniversary on Saturday. I've battled 8 weeks of severe coughing and just finished a round of prednisone which caused little sleep and while it seems to have improved I doubt a long day on the mountain is a good idea. 😥
post #35 of 56
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Feel better COSkiGirl.
What will be, will be.
post #36 of 56
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Thank you SHREDHEAD. Seems like a sound strategy.

 

The Kid was up at the crack of 10:00 AM, so missed a few hours of Segbrown's stellar companionship. I, being an early riser, met Seg at the lifts when they opened and got to share turns for the whole day. Found some pretty good snow in Game Creek, and spent a large part of the day there. Chalky forgiving bumps of odd shapes under the lift, and a few groomers that maintained their integrity for virtually the entire day. Rest of the areas where we ventured were getting pretty well worn and scratchy. Still, we all smiled a lot, and basked in the sunshine.

 

Thanks, that was fun! I was mostly coming for laughs and free food and wine, but the skiing was actually kind of fun, too. :-)

post #37 of 56
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While my decision will be last minute based on snow totals and health I think I'm going to stay closer to home and hit Loveland for their 75th anniversary on Saturday. I've battled 8 weeks of severe coughing and just finished a round of prednisone which caused little sleep and while it seems to have improved I doubt a long day on the mountain is a good idea. 😥

 

The high at LL on Saturday will be a whopping 4* F.  Can't say that LL would be my choice after being sick so take care and bundle up good.

post #38 of 56

Bazzer,

 

My guest is showing signs of a difficult AM ahead. He's throwing up and is sweating. I will need to set him up if and when he gets to the lifts with his skis and lift passes which probably will delay my skiing.

 

 

I will try and see where you might be at the end of the day for a beverage. We have more coming in tonight. One had Typpe A influenza last week. Maybe I sleep in the lobby to avoid what might be airborne in the condo!

 

I've only been sick out here once and I don't care to repeat that episode.

post #39 of 56
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Sorry to hear about your excess baggage Roundturns. Might be a good time for you to consider one of those Michael Jackson types of ski masks with the gnarly looking graphics to keep those pesky viruses at bay.

 

The Kid and I hope to meet MastersRacer for some exceptionally fast laps this afternoon. We'll most likely do aprés at Bart and Yeti's in Lionshead. Wash your hands well, then join us of a tot or some beer.

 

Hope you make the best of whatever fortune brings your way.

post #40 of 56
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Have shaky, tentative plans to share turns with DonDenver and Betsy today as well. If they can't make it out to the mountains, then The Kid and I will probably leave town after we finish skiing on Saturday, and spend the night visiting with the lovely and loving couple in their Denver area Manse. 

post #41 of 56
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Have shaky, tentative plans to share turns with DonDenver and Betsy today as well. If they can't make it out to the mountains, then The Kid and I will probably leave town after we finish skiing on Saturday, and spend the night visiting with the lovely and loving couple in their Denver area Manse. 

Can't think of a better way to bring a great week of skiing to a close.  

Hugs to all of you. 

post #42 of 56
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The high at LL on Saturday will be a whopping 4* F.  Can't say that LL would be my choice after being sick so take care and bundle up good.

But significantly warmer the last 2 days I've skied at -13 or so both days. It's not a cold or flu, it's chronic cough. At this point I haven't been able to go for a run in 2 months and if I don't get some outdoor activity stress relief I'm going to go batshit crazy. I'm already 3/4 of the way there.
post #43 of 56
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Have shaky, tentative plans to share turns with DonDenver and Betsy today as well. If they can't make it out to the mountains, then The Kid and I will probably leave town after we finish skiing on Saturday, and spend the night visiting with the lovely and loving couple in their Denver area Manse. 
Work came snowballing today...had to ski it out, so to speak, a few thousand feet lower than you. I'll check in with you Friday...ready for Saturday!
post #44 of 56
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We'll be in touch with you Friday evening DonDenver. Had some fun today with Roundturns and finally had the chance to share some turns with MastersRacer. Zoom.

 

Pickin's are getting mighty slim, but we still managed to have some substantial fun. No whooping and hollering, but some nice carves and a tip or two from MR.

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Hugs to all of you. 

 

Hugs back at you and yours Trekchick, and give Ziggy a doggy treat and tell him it's from me.

post #45 of 56
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If you make it here before I leave I'll still spot you a few beers during aprés-ski. 

Beer, you say? 

post #46 of 56
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Beer, you say? 

Beer, wine, spirits, hot chocolate, or whatever libation you prefer.
post #47 of 56

Masters Racer proceeds down the hill quickly and flawlessly! Cold today come on snow! Skied sideways all the way down Riva on the last run of the day. Pretty slick. Snow canons blowing on Tourist Trap and they had it roped off making you take the cut off around. Have to admit I was pleased I didn't have to navigate TT 's ice.

post #48 of 56
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6:18 AM

A few light inches have fallen since precipitation began around 4:00. Supposed to keep snowing for much of the day. yahoo.gif

 

I imagine that because the new snow is so light and has what I understand to be a very low moisture content, that this really doesn't have the makings to be a major powder event. More likely dust on crust. At least the SharpShooters photographers images will look all wintery. The Kid and I expect to enjoy every minute of whatever we get. Winds have been blowing pretty steadily so I intuit that many of the wide trails will have their new cover blown off quickly. However, that blown off snow's gotta go somewhere, so I guess that we'll just have to go in search of it.

post #49 of 56
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Beer, wine, spirits, hot chocolate, or whatever libation you prefer.

Whenever Bazzer and I hang out, John Jameson always keeps us company!

 

Miss ya, my ski brother, joining up on a Vail trip is in my bucket list.

post #50 of 56
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Friday yielded a mixed bag on a minor powder day. Some aspects offered white gold, others led to teeth jarring, chattery lines. High winds caused sporadic lift holds and closures, but I did manage to find a few shots of feathery fluff that were knee deep. All in all, the best conditions that we’ve yet enjoyed. Had a ton of fun, and expect to get in a half day tomorrow before we head off to Denver.

 

A particular highlight of the day was sharing a couple of runs with an elegant octogenarian named Ed. This 80+ year young man had skills, stamina, grace, and ease that make most of the bro-brah yahoos I’ve ever seen simply pale in comparison. Plus, the man was humble, courteous, generous, and all sorts of way wonderful company.

post #51 of 56

Well with a 2* F call for tomorrow I won't be out.  Call me a cold weather wimp - it's OK, I've been called worse. wink.gif

 

Bundle up and have fun with Don.  I imagine there will be lots of lodge/bar time between runs...

post #52 of 56
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Well with a 2* F call for tomorrow I won't be out.  Call me a cold weather wimp - it's OK, I've been called worse. wink.gif

 

How 'bout if I call you prudent, learned, experienced, and wise?

 

The Kid may sleep in and call it a season, but I'll most likely get out for a few laps and see what comes of the venture. Might be an ideal time for some high speed groomer runs as the cold, coupled with the Denver Manning's football game later today, may keep the crowds off of the hill.

post #53 of 56

It was seriuosly cold! Chair 4 temp at 8:45 read -17F. People said that couldn't be correct. Saw -6 F on thermoeter on top of Avanti lift. Anyway it was wicked cold for sure fortunately with no wind and sunny skies.

 

Vail needs to be blessed with a series of storms for sure. Weathern pattern and extended forecast shows high pressure all next week too.

 

Anyway maybe next month they are able to make up for it.Let's hope.

post #54 of 56

bazzer,

 

i hope that the father and son time in vail was enjoyable... im jealous - no matter what the conditions. get home safe and heal well.

best, steve

post #55 of 56
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I bid a fond farewell to The Kid before boarding my flight a short time ago. He’s flying in a more southerly direction than I am, so I guess that the 2012 edition of our ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD had come to an end.

 

I’m currently sitting inside the gaily painted aluminum tube that comprises the passenger cabin of Southwest Airlines Flight 751 from Denver to Ft. Lauderdale. When I arose this morning in Highland Ranches, Colorado the thermometer read -17 degrees, and I’m heading to a place where the folks require much less clothing, a 99 degree shift as current Miami temperature is 82 degrees. I’ve got a few drink coupons that I’ve garnered over the past few months, and am about to order up a Bloody Charlie, crunch up a mini-serving packet full of tiny pretzels, then sit back and watch North America slide by my window.

 

Yesterday was just as cold as today is, and I was almost thankful to have a valid excuse to cut my time on the hill short in order to spend the afternoon and evening in Denver with Don & Betsy. In addition to the discomfort associated with the low temperatures, it became readily apparent that I had the wrong wax on my skis for the snow conditions, (or so I presume.) On the groomers my skis ran just fine, but as soon as I got onto anything un-groomed, my skis stuck to the snow as if they’d been affixed with velcro.

 

While the conditions that we experienced in Eagle County could hardly be called “stellar,” we managed to enjoy almost every minute of our stay, and were as always delighted to be able to share time in the mountains with each other, and with the friends that we’ve made. Thanks to all of you who paid a visit to this thread, and to those who shared your kind thoughts, positive sentiments, and wry comments. Sometimes I just love this place.

post #56 of 56

IME, there is no wax that can work magic when the temps are as cold as it's been.  Your skis feel like "velcro" because the snow never can form a melt layer beneath the skis.  So it's kind of like skiing on sand.

 

Glad to hear it was a great trip nonetheless and you've made it back to the land of bikinis and beaches.

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