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Heading to Crested Butte for the first time this weekend. How are conditions there? Recommendations for apres? Thanks

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Conditions are pretty darn good, though none of the double black  terrain is open yet.  The Red Lady, Paradise East River, Painter Boy  and Silver Queen lifts are running so that  opens a bunch of runs.  CBMR says the total snow fall so far this year is 6' plus,  the mid level snow pack is just short of 3' (I think).  It's snowing now(Wed AM)  and more is  forecast thru tomorrow.  Can't be too long before the Headwall or North Face opens up.  I've skied on my soft snow skis  for the last 3 days and will be on them again in a few minutes.  Not deep powder, but soft and fun.

 

Start apres ski at the Avalanche and then shuttle bus to town for more if you need it at The Eldo, Talk of The Town, Kochevars, or the Princess Wine Bar if that sounds promising. That list of bars is far from complete, something for everyone.  Lots of live music  too.

 

Enjoy.

 

Jack

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Just back from from the hill and I should make a correction and further define what I said a couple of hour s ago. The base according to the sign at the bottom of the lifts is 25"s.  I was off on that by a foot!  Sorry.  Pretty good conditions means for early season.  Some trails with natural snow have signs warning of obstacles, like little tree tops, dirt, etc.  Trails just opened after snow making are very hard packed.  Even with that I've not suffered any ski damage in 20 days this season.  The snow today has been off and on, as has visibility.

 

Jack 

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hiya jt!  son n i going next week, can you suggest good burgers and pizza?  bbq?  gracias.  both up mountain and in town

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hiya jt!  son n i going next week, can you suggest good burgers and pizza?  bbq?  gracias.  both up mountain and in town

Secret Stash for pizza, Gas Cafe for breakfast 

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tks, all the best!

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You on the way yet?  Paradise Cafe and McGills in CB good for sit down breakfasts.  The Last Steep in CB has burgers and a couple of different BBQ sandwich choices.  Kochevars now is advertising Karolinas BBQ, it just opened so I haven't tried it yet.  Up at the area Avalnche has v.good burgers, pizza, and bbq rib racks.   CB has a great bunch of different style places to eat, hope you have enough time to sample a bunch of 'em.

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How are the trees at CB, I never really hear much about them.  I always hear about their steeps and extreme terrain but never about the trees

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tks seg! and jt!  jt, we'll ski 12/27-29, up for a meet?  i'm a humble intermediate mind you...

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I won't be there, but have fun!

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How are the trees at CB, I never really hear much about them.  I always hear about their steeps and extreme terrain but never about the trees

 

Thanks for asking, they are doing just fine.  No seriously, there are places listed as so and so glades on the trail maps, and one place named Bakery Trees.  Most anywhere you go you'll see tracks going off into the trees.  On a more threatening note, from time to time someone will come busting out of the trees, giving you a bit of a start.

 

Jack

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gpaulski I'll be here as I live here winters.  You call yourself a humble intermediate, I call myself an old man but get out on the mountain most days.  If you have email when you are here give me a note.  Maybe we could meet for a lift ride or something.  BTW, it's just dumping here today.  I've pushed snow off the deck twice already at 2pm.  Gonna have to do it some more if we wanta get out the door later.

 

Jack

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hey jack, pm to you just now   merry christmas!

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another subject, i started to use my old rear entry boots, and all is perfect except my big toes hurt 'cause they are cramping in front of boot. either boot shrunk in 30 years or foot grew at 60....  know any booter that could shave off inside and allow another 1/8 inch room?

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If you bring those old boots to CB,  look up RB at Real Balance in the same building as the Brown Lab Bakery.

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+1 for RB. The guy is a boot fitting master.

 

Also, trees in CB are generally pretty tight in most places but almost everything is skiable: End to end on East River (including the Bakery) are about the loosest trees on the mountain but the frontside trees are all open as well. When it hasn't snowed in days and I'm hankering for some freshness, I'll even head over to Goldlink and Prospect for the last few untouched powder shots.

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boots kaput, had to get another pair in steamboat, was told they were pre-internet, no spare parts!!!!

 

jack, marvelous skiing with you and da boss, mebbe again next year!  good luck racing, all the best!

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boots kaput, had to get another pair in steamboat, was told they were pre-internet, no spare parts!!!!

 

jack, marvelous skiing with you and da boss, mebbe again next year!  good luck racing, all the best!

Well, you got a lots of miles out of those boots.  Keep them around for historical reasons  Gpaulski that skiing with you at CB was really nice, d, b. and I were impressed with your skiing, and the conversations of the lifts were most interesting.  Hope to see you here again (and with more snow on the ground).

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it was my pleasure don jack et femme!  seriously thinking of repeat next season, that rmsp+ pass is too good to be true, $30/day!!

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