The annual spring trip this year was just two of us, but we could not have had more fun.
I landed, lost time getting my rental, but managed to get to the afternoon corn at the top of Keystone by 3 PM.
The snow had been reduced to sugar, but I did 4 top-to-bottom runs on the quad beside the gondola by 4 o'clock, 9K+ feet.
My friend was due in Friday, so I hit Peak 6 on Thursday and checked out that terrain and Horseshoe as it softened up. Nice!
Gates were closed as two patrollers hiked up to the ridge for avi control. It was freeze-thaw as you can imagine, but full sun.
I needed a burrito so I headed back to the Kickapoo and contemplated my Sick Day 95s, seems they weren't floaty enough.
Time for some laps on my Patron 193s. WOW! Glad I sold my obSETHeds. The Lines never saw the snow the rest of the trip.
Joe was due in around noon so I had time to ski A-Basin, but the temperature was going to be close to the freezing mark, so it was
Sunny again and I catch the Pali chair, a good sign. A couple of laps on the firm buff and off to 'Zuma for some laps.
It stays cold unfortunately and the Pali chair is now closed at 10:30, so we rendezvous on top of Keystone at the Outpost.
The snow was just beginning to peak and was prime for ripping turns, so for three hours the Outback was ours.
Off to my pad in West Vail and we hear a forecast for snow, finally, for late Sunday into Monday. Stoked, so we make plans.
Saturday is warmer so Blue Ox is our destination and 7 runs later we ease up for lunch and relax for the impending storm and ski easy.
Vail reports an inch Sunday morning, but our plan is for late date skiing, so a mid-morning assault is the strategy and save our
legs for Monday when the storm totals out.
Typical Vail report, that's a good thing, as they don't seem to ever blow smoke, but 2-3" and counting when we got up to the top of
Lionshead. It was a yellow lens day the rest of the day while another 2-4" fell the rest of the day.
Lunched at the 10th and waited for the afternoon to pile up and the mountain empty. The one pic is at the top of chair 11 late
Monday was as good as it gets in April as Vail reported 9" with 5 overnight. All I can say is that we skied 30,989 vertical feet
that day, 20 lifts. My buddy rented a pair of 185 Patrons and was skiing the best powder skiing of his life. Same for me just because
of a ski? Whatever works!!!
Tuesday for me was day 7 and I am trashed and sore, but the snow is to soften and the sun is out, and my last day of season.
IBUs for breakfast and the boys get the job done and my season is over.
EPIC Mix says I had 136K vertical feet in 7 days of skiing, I added 6K for A-Basin. Gotta luv modern lifts and skis!