Pondering using TSFTP for building slush jumps.
I wore essentially full length yoga pants for the last two St Mary's expeditions, and they were great. I think any full length hiking pant would be great. That snow is so crystalline that I would not be excited about falling on it with bare skin.
We should try skiing some day when it's not going to pour on us so that we can actually check out that corn thing.
Well, you can walk right up to what's left of the big-o-pile-o-snow at Copper today. Here's a pic from the live webcam:
You are supposed to be a Woodward Summer Camper to play on the snow... but the final camp for the summer ended last week. Anybody know how strict they are with enforcement after the camps end? The snow on the upper Woodward terrain park should be in good shape, and is easily accessible by MTB pulling a stroller carrying skis and boots.
I'm pretty sure Copper won't let you on the snow and marks the trail with Closed signs, IIRC, but this would be fun and easy Aug skiing:
Here is all that remains of Woodward. I didn't see any closed signs around.
USA Pro Challenge is finishing at A-basin today after starting at Steamboat and yesterday's first day circuit at Steamboat.
It's on Universal Sports or you can watch for free on their site:
It's cool to see little old A-basin getting some national TV coverage.
^^^^ Thanks for the pics! I would have never guessed they'd put the finish up in that lot.
They are just passing through Dillon right now, so it's a great time to join the coverage for the finish:
That's a bummer. Glad I stopped paying comcast for cable years ago. Here's a DP article about it:
At least the final stage will be on NBC Sunday.
About a decade ago I did Ride the Rockies (a non-competitive but grueling bike tour that generally aims to throw in as many passes as possible into a week and ~500 miles of riding).
The itinerary for the year was to start with the "Tour of the Moon." The next day was one of the hardest rides that exist in Colorado, Grand Junction to Delta over the top of Grand Mesa total round trip 90 miles, with a climb from 4800 to 10,800 feet- a sustained climb over about 25 miles.
Anyways, back to the Tour of the Moon on day 1. This is a climb out of Junction, up over Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument, out the far side and back to town. Fairly sedate- with routing further North of Junction to keep riders off trafficked roads on the return. About 50 miles, with a 2500 foot climb from the valley floor to the top of the mesa. This ride gets my vote for the best single day lap in Colorado. It is awesome. The climb up is tough but not grueling, and the descent is breathtaking- a full speed, twisty descent suspended over the cliff walls of the monument, in many places with no guardrail. The movie "American Flyers" has about a ten minute section of this stage.
This 1:00 video gives you some idea of the experience- but amplify this over a ~10 mile descent (and push yourself on the descent harder than the guy holding a camera with one hand). It is WILD.
Anyways, it turned out it was about 115* in Junction and 95* on top of CNM. Usually this ride isn't grueling, this time temps made it so. We had some pro riders mixed in with the ~1000 people doing the tour.
Keep in mind, this is a 115* day, the first day of a 6 day tour, with a truly NASTY ride on day 2 (also expected to be in some of the hottest temps of the year). All us mere mortals were purposefully taking it easy knowing what was ahead of us. Many of us heatstroked out. I came close if not there- On the valley floor, I dumped my remaining water on my head and laid down under some scraggly tree along some fenceline to get out of the sun and heat and bring my body temp down. A few riders donated some additional water to soak my jersey, and I managed the last 8 miles. Because it was still 100+ degrees and I was sleeping in a tent, I got on an air conditioned bus and rode it around for 3 hours. I've ridden for long periods on really hot days in Utah (Bryce, Zion, and Canyonlands tour) and never gotten my ass kicked by the heat so bad as this day.
Anyways, we heard that morning that many of the pros were going to double lap. That's understandable- when this was part of the Coors Classic, the race was 2 laps. While I was over the mesa edge and heading towards the high point, I got lapped by several guys that were obviously pros (names escape me- none of these guys were Tour de France standouts but several rode for teams).
When finishing out the ride that almost stroked me out, I heard that several guys were feeling so good that they TRIPLE LAPPED the Monument.
The next 90 mile day was as brutal as I had imagined and my hardest day on a bike. Even the descent into Delta wasn't terribly fun, as I could feel the temps come back up like a blast furnace- several degrees every few hundred feet. Heat owned me that whole tour, which ran Delta-Montrose, Montrose-Gunnison Gunnison-Salida, Salida-Leadville, and Leadville-Breck. It wasn't until Leadville that I didn't feel like I was roasting every second.
I can't imagine spinning almost 150 miles, going pretty much full bore the whole time, in 115* temps to start out a tour like this. It was pretty much like the difference between the kind of skiing I did on a good day and the type of skiing the FWT guys do.