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post #61 of 291

Kind of the same thing at Copper.  Temps warmed up.  Had both snow and rain showers.  Mostly rain at the base.  Lots of melting of the effort to date.  Opening day is scheduled for a month from now.  I guess we can only hope for the best   :)

post #62 of 291

I think there is enough snow on the trails that are covered at Loveland to last into next week.

 

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I was just talking with some friends about who will win this year.  Luv or the Basin.  They are convinced that Al is going for next Thu the 20th.  So much so that they have the day off and are planning on being there.  I wished them well with that.

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I agree with that target date - it's what seemed most likely with the weather. It should be cold enough to get there.

I am not planning on being there. Early the following week? Absolutely.
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They are convinced that Al is going for next Thu the 20th.

 

 

@river-z has to like his prediction:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147356/who-will-open-first-in-2016-17-guess-right-and-be-the-epicski-master-prognosticator-of-2016-17#post_2016398

post #66 of 291

I think Killington will steal their thunder possibly!

post #67 of 291
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I agree with that target date - it's what seemed most likely with the weather. It should be cold enough to get there.

I am not planning on being there. Early the following week? Absolutely.


Good plan; prolly do likewise. I think I'm going to enjoy having the A-Basin option this season, but will likely pass on opening day. Mebee opening day at the Luv, whenever that might be (preferably mid-week).

 

I'll just leave this here then...

 

post #68 of 291

I know with days like yesterday it is really hard to believe skiing is just around the corner.  Even with all of the fall colors and leaves on the ground winter just didn't seem imminent.  @MT Skull yesterday we were sitting outside at favorite stuff our face with pastry place, Cake.  It was like 75 degrees and beautiful. 

 

We did get a chuckle though.  Up around 11,000' we had a short conversation with some people from TX.  They were all in winter jackets and were confused because I was in shorts and a t shirt.  The temp was 56 degrees and it was sunny.  It didn't feel the slightest bit cold. 

 

Here's a couple of shots of A Basin.  One up close.   Construction looked just about done.  Some nice paving.  New bldg. attached to the front.  Nice job Al.

 

 

 

post #69 of 291

^^^^^

 

Looks like the WROD is shaping up nicely.

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Ok I'm reasonably stoked smile.gif A nice snowfall happening now. If it's snowing like this at A Basin then all you wrod lovers and prognosticators should pay attention to Al's blog closely then next day or 2. I know it's suppose to get warm again but it will be interesting to see what happens.
Edited by Mike78 - 10/19/16 at 12:35am
post #71 of 291

Local Denver media is broadcasting live from Luv.  They were trying to get the inside scoop on opening.  Apparently Home Run is not ready for prime time.   As of right now Luv says probably another week.  Possibly even two.  Not sure if they are serious or playing with A Basin.  They didn't really say much about A Basin other than the competition to open 1st and they were hard at work also.

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A nice snowfall happening now.

 

What an egregious violation of the rules!  A post such as this should always be accompanied by a photo or two.

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This a.m. on my fence in Breck

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Al declared Friday is the day. Friday 10/21 it begins.
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^^^^and your visual...

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What an egregious violation of the rules!  A post such as this should always be accompanied by a photo or two.


I agree!  I tried but my IPhone doesn't deal with the dark very well.  

post #77 of 291
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Local Denver media is broadcasting live from Luv.  They were trying to get the inside scoop on opening.  Apparently Home Run is not ready for prime time.   As of right now Luv says probably another week.  Possibly even two.  Not sure if they are serious or playing with A Basin.  They didn't really say much about A Basin other than the competition to open 1st and they were hard at work also.


Loveland's website has been saying that lower Mambo and Home Run still needed to be done, and since some of that is east facing I suspect anything that was on the ground is gone unlike A-Basin being entirely north facing.

 

A-Basin also got some snowmelt to keep their little reservoir full and I think things really lined up for them to get out of the gate first this year.  I have passes to both, but it's a little hard to get excited about A-Basin given the EpicCrowds that flood the only run open on that pass vs. Loveland.

 

I didn't have a Loveland Pass last year and I paid $53 on three different occasions for the pleasure of [I]not[/I] using my A-Basin pass.  But I'll probably go early next week anyway :D.

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I was thinking of stopping by A Basin tomorrow just to check out the circus.  Sounds like most of the Denver tv stations will be there too.  The ABC affiliate was just saying pretty much what Fox31 reported yesterday.  Loveland is trying to make opening day happen next week but they are just not sure yet.  Last season my 1st day was Nov. 1st at Luv.  I'm in no rush  :)

post #79 of 291

They have snow. 

I will go.

post #80 of 291

I will be attending the opening day shenanigans. 

 

Clown shoes, rainbow wig, squirting daisy. Wait, it's a-basin; nothing unique about a clown costume there.

 

Navy jacket, tan pants, yellow helmet then. 

post #81 of 291

Today didn't work out as planned so now I have to drive to Copper early to get my skis.  If it truly does hit 55-60 degrees I will be the gaper with either a cycling jersey or Copper t shirt on.  Actually probably just a long sleeve spyder shirt.

 

9News just covered the long rang stuff mentioned in the latest NOAA thread on here.  Above average temps allegedly will continue for us thru Feb.

post #82 of 291

Here we go..

post #83 of 291

Considering A Basin tomorrow and joining the rat race!

post #84 of 291
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I'm holding off until next week, and hopefully with a storm coming Monday light the Luv can get open.  How'd it go out there today?

post #85 of 291

Finally!  :yahoo:

 

The snow was better than usual for an A Bay opening day; good depth; no small rocks or uneven dropoffs on the corduroy.   Good from treeline to treeline.  

 

Slightly bigger crowd though than I remember from last year.   People having fun out by their cars from the start.   The main parking lot was full before 8:00 a.m.   The line formed early, but like a party.   Costumes.   Drinks.   Free sweet rolls, hand out "I was there at opening '16" buttons, decals for other organizations, media, a radio station broadcasting live.  Many cheers and crowd waving.   

 

A few of the regular first chair group were there, but most not, as near as I could tell.   

 

Long lines for A Basin season beer mugs (500 to be issued?) and for ski pass activation or validation, or whatever it was.   (Isn't that for the Epic employees from other areas?)  

 

Even with all the mountaineering I did, some muscles were not used to the different effort of skiing.   

 

It started out cold, in the twenties; but soon became warm enough for just a shirt, no more parka.   

 

I wonder if it can stay cold for enough snow-making in the coming week.   

 

How crowded do you guys think it will be the next few days?

post #86 of 291
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Finally!  :yahoo:

 

The snow was better than usual for an A Bay opening day; good depth; no small rocks or uneven dropoffs on the corduroy.   Good from treeline to treeline.  

 

Slightly bigger crowd though than I remember from last year.   People having fun out by their cars from the start.   The main parking lot was full before 8:00 a.m.   The line formed early, but like a party.   Costumes.   Drinks.   Free sweet rolls, hand out "I was there at opening '16" buttons, decals for other organizations, media, a radio station broadcasting live.  Many cheers and crowd waving.   

 

A few of the regular first chair group were there, but most not, as near as I could tell.   

 

Long lines for A Basin season beer mugs (500 to be issued?) and for ski pass activation or validation, or whatever it was.   (Isn't that for the Epic employees from other areas?)  

 

Even with all the mountaineering I did, some muscles were not used to the different effort of skiing.   

 

It started out cold, in the twenties; but soon became warm enough for just a shirt, no more parka.   

 

I wonder if it can stay cold for enough snow-making in the coming week.   

 

How crowded do you guys think it will be the next few days?


If last year is any indication, it's going to be crowded every day.  I skied a few Loveland weekdays despite having an A-Basin pass last year.  Supposed to snow Monday night into Tuesday, but other than that, it's very warm for the extended forecast.  I'm hoping to get up midweek next week.

 

All of which to me says that if Loveland can't get open midweek, it's going to be just high noon for High Noon for the next week, minimum, unless maybe A-Basin also adds Sundance, but that doesn't really change anything.

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Finally!  yahoo.gif

It started out cold, in the twenties; but soon became warm enough for just a shirt, no more parka.   

I wonder if it can stay cold for enough snow-making in the coming week.   

How crowded do you guys think it will be the next few days?

Could the weather have been any more perfect? Definitely a full on sun screen kind of day. I also was surprised at how good the conditions were. Better than some of the late season days last season. I missed the very early mess. Took awhile to get skis and get back. Copper had the guns blowing when I got there but not sure how long they had them going. I heard it hit 61 degrees there.

It was crowded waiting in line but didn't really seem that bad coming down. I did experience some of the over zealous that didn't seem to care where their skis were. Including on top of mine.

I think it will continue to be crowded thru the weekend. Not sure about the weather but I'm not too optimistic on cold weather.
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But will be biking over the weekend. Might make it back Monday.
post #89 of 291

Back to weather - according to weather channel.due to above average mid Oct snow on the ground in Eastern Siberia and how that has effected things in the past, is that a North Atlantic omega block with predominate, which is likely to bring at worst "normal" temps, and likely cooler than normal weather to the upper Midwest and East, with a warm, dry ridge setting up over the Rockies and Sierra's....

 

New to Colorado so was not sure what this means here.  Seems like the last few years storms seem to come in December into January then they stop and return in late March into April.  A couple years ago it warmed up during the non snow periods.  How was the skiing when that happened?

post #90 of 291
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^^^^it largely depends on whether we get a base established. Last two Oct have been very dry and warm, but it opened up mid-Nov and the base was largely established before it dried out. We had some fantastic wind buff days in the middle of last season's dry spell.

Having said that, if we end up under a warm and dry ridge regime with the storm track well to the north, that's obviously a bad thing. But it's not worth anything in late Oct - all a bunch of Oct snow does is create a rotten base layer. It's way better to ski the man made to get a fix and hope the storm track turns on once it's cold enough for preservation (which CO perhaps does better than any other major ski region).
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