I hate to say it, but Breck was *not* that bad. Well, I can't speak to peak 8 and the gondola ... but it was never that bad anywhere I went Sunday.
Yikes it was cold and blustery yesterday. I don't think it ever got above 3 degrees at Copper. Not sure what the wind chill was but with the wind gusts it made for pretty chilly day. It did snow off and on all day.
Park at Bear lot - uplift from BC Landing then head over to Arrowhead for warm up laps (get out early for best results) Cruise over and hit a few laps on Strawberry and Larkspur mid morning. Early lunch at Talons then a few laps on Birds of Prey depending on what's open (avoiding Redtail - take Harrier by preference). Hit Rose Bowl if you're up to some bumps down Ripsaw, Spider or Cataract. Round out the day with a frontside runto the village (cookies at 3pm) and a scoot over the bridge to take Strawberry back up and go home via Sawbuck and Leave the Beav.
^^^ Saw the same thing going to Copper on Wed. Between Bakerville and the Luv there was a 4Runner flipped and on the wires in the center divider. We were hoping everyone was ok.
Have fun at Vail. I went during the holidays. I didn't know this but apparently I had "never skied unless I skied Blue Sky".
Another good week at Copper. Some great weather. In fact it was pretty warm on Wed. It hit 46 degrees. The down side to the warm temps was the snow melt. We were sitting outside at Jack's for lunch and a pretty good chunk of snow came off the roof and hit 3 tables away from us. The woman sitting with her back to the bldg. got the worst of it. She didn't have a helmet on and it definitely came down on her head. Glad she was ok.
Looks like the $50 lift tickets on Sunday were a huge success. Pretty crowded both Sat. and Sun. I was glad once we got out of the weekend and to an empty mountain during the week. Inspite of the warm temps the snow conditions were still really good.
Just saw the weather and the wind warnings for this coming weekend. The plan was to head back up on Sun and Mon but with the potential for 70+ mph winds we might do a wait and see. Not sure I want to leave at 4:00 a.m. just to miss most of the traffic anyway.
I'm terrible at taking good pictures. Almost embarrassed to post these after seeing all the great shots from Aspen. Especially after reading @dbostedo great trip report.
This is from Sail Away looking west in the direction of Shrine Pass. Just a beautiful warm day.
Hard to tell from this shot but the wind was blowing pretty good up at tree top level and higher. So much so that it muted the sun in a weird way.
So Steamboat was pretty fun.
Headed up Sunday afternoon, and arrived just before kick-off.
Mrs. MT: "Is it someone's birthday?"
MT: "Love you honey; never change." (the hostess being a Panther's fan in no way dampened this Bronco's fan's enjoyment of the spectacle as it unfolded)
Some thin, high clouds Monday. Still lots of barely tracked stuff between trails. My buddy; a KS transplant showed me the goods.
Christmas Tree Pano
Sunset on Stagecoach Lake.
Doggehs down-sized from king to full. (oh the horror!)
Sexeh skis, sexeh skis...
Nice view from Four Points lodge.
Surf's up at Four Points beach!
Big commotion on the walk back to the car.
Hello Ma'am. Why the long face?
Oh, I see. "Beat it gapers" is right!
Copper wasn't bad today. Crowded yes...the single line on the Bee was ridiculous at times. A-lift was it's usual no-line self...made sure I dressed very light because I had a feeling I'd be spending extra time there today. The breakout bump run was Overload. Somehow it accumulated some wind-blown snow and there were fresh soft lines on it all afternoon. Traffic up and back was unexpectedly light too.
Skied WPMJ today Surprisingly uncrowded. No wait on Challenger chair at MJ; zero people skiing Eagle Wind. Pano and Six-pack had some folks but no more than a 5 minute wait. Its definitely time for some new snow, though. Encountered some mid-day slush on SE facing MJ runs. Rock hard by end of the day. Hwy 40-I70 an absolute breeze.
A-Basin skied pretty nicely on Saturday 2/13 given that there wasn't any new snow for a while. Snow was still pretty 'edge-able.' There were some pretty soft turns off of the Mountain Goat Traverse in the Zuma Bowl. Seemed that there was a very small amount of melting at the base around noon when I left.
Wife and I bailed to MJ today. The snow on the MJ side seemed like it had thawed and frozen a bit, it was pretty bullet-proof in places. There was hardly anybody there before 10 or 10:30 or so; it never got that crowded but it picked up a bit later (I stopped noon-ish). There was no line at Challenger at least until 11:30, which was the last time I checked. It snowed quite hard all morning (bigger flakes) into the early afternoon (flakes getting smaller), so there were some soft turns late morning and onward. Pano was closed. It was still snowing when I left at around 2:30.
Not surprised about MJ runs; some of them got a little slushy Sat mid-day only to rapidly freeze up toward end of day. "Pano was closed" is a refrain I am getting rather sick of hearing. Any time Trump dumps on an opponent, crude oil price falls, or the Nuggets lose, Pano closes.