We did our best to bring your spirit to the mountain, Anachronism. My sincere condolences to you for your loss.
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Waaaa waaaa. Hey this isn't so easy. We have become accustomed to stellar conditions in CO this year, so anything else takes a bit of getting used to.
This was my first non-steller day this year. Still great skiing, and I skied bell to bell... but I did take a lunch. Haven't had a lunch other than cliff bars in a while!
In case I sounded too negative... groomers are in fantastic shape. Bumps are firm but nice. Bowls and trees are varying degrees of pretty good to challenging surface conditions depending on exposure and elevation, but coverage is amazing and they are still very much worth skiing.
After 3-5 overnight I'm happy to report from the 4pm A lift at Copper that skiing was stellar today.
No more crying necessary :-)
Edit to page @qcanoe to let him know all is well in Colorado What a perfect March day of skiing. It's amazing what a few inches of snow can do to freshen up the conditions.
Allow me to add to your stoke. Today at Copper was AWESOME. A rare day that I skied until closing:
WOW!!! Its nice to see the views from Copper. The 2 days I was there I couldn't see out very far. I aint complainin though
Fantastic day at Snowmass as it dumped all day. Nada at report time, but 8-10 by end of day at the base and a foot or more at the top. Still snowing at the moment, but slowing down. Here's a pic up on Hanging Valley:
The suffering in Colorado continues... off to highlands tomorrow
Sad news for WC.
This is so unbelievably sad. This was a careful, experienced snow safety expert. I know this young man's Mom, a wonderful human being and skier. It's the very worst thing that can happen to anyone, losing their child. Such terrible, terrible grief.
Incredible powder day today at Highlands with a foot of new. Skied eight laps on deep temerity, mostly in the trees, then after it was tracked up we hiked the bowl. View from the top on a gorgeous day:
It goes away this Sunday, but until then, think nonstop lift stoppages and a complete cluster as everyone with no skiing ability comes up. Busiest week of the year for Wolf.
Since I turned the webcam on to grab those frames, all lifts pictured have been stopped more than they have run.
At least the Alberta lift is mostly immune to this.
Yup. It is insane. I've never seen any other ski area take a Spring Break hit like Wolf (perhaps some NM areas also see this kind of mess?).
Christmas is bad, but Spring Break is worse. Thanksgiving is usually ok.
What makes it worse is that it isn't even a busy skiing crowd. It is 6000 people that cannot ski, in many cases they are so bad that they cannot keep from falling over in the lift line, let alone board, unload, or actually ski.
My father passed away unexpectedly at the end of Feb. That has kept me off the snow since then. I pretty much never go a weekend without skiing, and I've missed two. I had the option to ski Sunday, but knowing this was in play, I stayed home. That is how bad Spring Break is.
I doubt Purg gets nearly the Texas surge that WC does, if just because it is a few hours further down the road. Monarch gets a little bit, and most other places it isn't even noticeable. Last year I was dumbstruck. Saturday was normal because everyone was still driving, Sunday, the parking lot was full by 10:00AM.
My understanding is that Davey spends virtually all of his marketing budget in Texas. In fact, for many years, Wolf opted out of Colorado Ski Country USA because he felt the money was better spent on Texas specific marketing.
The fact that Wolf has some of the lowest lift tickets in CO (Even compared to Loveland, Monarch, A-Basin, other small areas) probably helps too.
Well, I am being brave and going down to Durango to ski with the Texans. My best ski bud from growing up was unfortunately removed from CO to TX about 5 years ago, and they are spring breaking at Purg, so I thought I would go see my son as well as my friend and her family. She told me all the Texas schools do spring break the same week, on purpose. Colleges, high schools, everything. I didn't realize that, I assumed they would be staggered somewhat. Anyway, wish me luck.
Sorry about your dad, @anachronism .
Me last year to a liftie-
"What is going on to make it so busy?"
"Texas has their Spring Break."
"What, ALL of them? *horror*"
Never heard of such a thing. As I posted above, I've heard to expect this year to be especially bad because Oklahoma does the same thing and their Spring Break also coincides with Texas this year.
Thanks for the condolences.
Ok, this is probably a stupid question, but.....why are those people standing, sitting, and lying on the snow? What's going on there? I don't see lot's of boards.
Well, there are boards on most, but the simple answer is most of these people have not been around snow and don't understand how infuriating it is when they stand around in the way of everybody else. The building on the far left of that pic is the ski school lodge (Wolf is weird and has like 6 base lodges) which explains the walking people in the foreground.
Its not the crowds, it is the type of ski ability in the crowd that make it such a tough time of the year.