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Spent last week taking my daughter on a whirlwind tour of Colorado to visit colleges and get some skiing in.  We hit Monarch first, then Durango while visiting Ft. Lewis and then Telluride while heading up to Golden to visit School of Mines.  All were fun with the same fairly hard week old snow.  Telluride is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever skied.  The scenery was well worth the lift ticket price.

 

I dropped the wife and daughter off at the Colorado Springs airport on Wed, drove to Poncha Springs and stopped at Mt. Shavano ski shop to have some boot work done (Tracy is fantastic!). and skied another day of pretty firm snow at Monarch on Wednesday.  By late in the afternoon, it had started snowing and they were predicting 2-4".  I was sitting in the bar having a beer and the bartender said that he loved it when they predicted 2-4" in a storm like this because it usually meant a big dump.  Well, he was right.

 

Got to the mountain Thursday morning with 17.5 on the ground and snowing hard.  Everyone in Colorado must have heard about the storm because the mountain that was all but empty on Wed was packed on Thursday.  Even so, there was still plenty of nice snow at the end of the day. Friday opened with another foot on the ground.  The crowed was probably larger on Friday with everyone that couldn't make it to the mountain on Thursday doing so and things were pretty much skied off by early afternoon, but still, what a fantastic day and a half of skiing.

 

Since I was by myself, didn't get any skiing photos, but here are a couple of the snow.

 

AppleMark

 

AppleMark