Originally Posted by Trekchick
I think Segbrown and SkiNurse are among the diehards today.
It was a brief nightmare getting there. Loveland Pass was closed due to Ride the Rockies, but we could get there from the west. Between Keystone and ABasin was a mess of hazmat tankers, sag wagons, skier cars, police, and oh yeah a lot of cyclists. I was a little frazzled when we made it, and hungry, so we hit the apres first.
Skiing was pretty good early! Corny up top, some fun bumps on Powerline, really not bad. East Wall was closed of course, but it actually looked like there was some nice stuff, except that instead of wet slides, some pretty big rocks appeared to be coming down. That didn't look like fun.
Around 11 or 11:15 it started getting slow and the straightliners heading for Lake (um, puddle) Reveal were scary, they weren't really paying attention to anyone, but you have to ski where they are crossing, so we quit and went to try to find a hike somewhere not too muddy. Upper Ramrod was skiing pretty good, except for the random water bottle and dirt patches you had to avoid.
I have tried to describe what The Beach looks like without snow, and I'm not sure some of you believed me ("It's, like, a 10-ft dropoff with a river! really!") (I know, not an Eastern river, I know.) So here is a photo.
And we met an adorable St Bernard, too.