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Skiing the Blues at the Basin

post #1 of 28
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The Blues are all you get for now. Just two of them, and they're sort of narrow. If you go during the weekend, make sure you don't bring anyone whose skills are marginal. It's wicked crowded, and the lift lines are extremely long. They are not the steepest Blues in the world. In Whistler, they may well be considered green, but the crowd situation could be frightening to a newbie. Loveland was crowded last Sunday, but not quite this bad. While it's a "boardercentric mountain" {at least today it was} the snowboarders do seem to have better control than those at Loveland. There seems to be this new trnd that dresses snowboarders in one piece technical color ski suits. I don't get it.:

Otherwise, it was a beautiful day, warm with snow flurries. One of the great things about having a Season pass, is that if the mountain is too crowded , you can say "the heck with it" and not feel as if you're losing money. So far, four days out before Novemeber 1st, so I'm not complaining! Loveland tomorrow.
post #2 of 28
Another benefit of the season pass is not having to attach it to your zipper....



Loveland was not too crowded today, although with a few ski teams training there, there were a lot of very fast skiers on the hill. Would probably be a bit unnerving to a novice. Loveland has a steep blue run (Spillway, next to Chair 1), and a short mogul run (Upper Richard's). The snow is firm but quite good and with good coverage except on the moguls of Upper Richard's Run, where you should be very careful if you're on good skis. Below these runs are a blue run and a green run to the bottom.

With the snow that's falling now, and the cold temperatures, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more runs open soon, at both areas.

Happy Halloween!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #3 of 28
Oh--and there were a few of those technicolor 1-piece suited snowboarders at Loveland, too. I'm seriously hoping this was just a Halloween special!
post #4 of 28
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It's wicked crowded
But when it all opens up it's Wicked Pissah - even bettah than Wachusett.. :
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by davev
But when it all opens up it's Wicked Pissah - even bettah than Wachusett.. :
Touche!! One of the great things about being out here is finally hearing the pronounciation of the letter "R," and not hearing it where it should not be, such as at the end of words such as "pizza!"

It's snowing like crazy, which means no trick or treaters! Loveland will be a blast tomorrow.
post #6 of 28
Kermit and I sing the same song:

"It's not easy being greeeeeeeeen":
post #7 of 28
I went last friday- the lift lines were 2min in the singles lines and the snow felt like midwinter (even if only high noon was open).

Just avoid weekends!
post #8 of 28
Hey Bonni, what do you think, some people are never happy. Must be tuff being Lisamarie, maybe she just misses the good life back in Boston.
Some people always seem to be complaining.

Enjoy it Lisamarie you made the big move now you damn better well like it.
post #9 of 28
Hey Summit Co people, how much snow did you get last night? I was just talking to my friend in Denver/Parker, and he got 5" on top of rain and slush. Wondering what the resorts got.
post #10 of 28
Mrs. Skicrazy & I were at the Basin on Sunday as well. We managed 5 runs before giving in to the crowds (the singles line was MUCH quicker). The conditions were pretty good for manmade and the thigh burn felt GREAT! Now if we can just wait a few more weeks for the real thing.
post #11 of 28
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Today at Loveland was totally awesome! Half of Epicski was there, it like a mini gathering! Conditions were unbelievable. Pretty soon, when the other areas open, crowding will not be so much of an issue.
post #12 of 28
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BTW, a bunch of us are meeting at The Basin on Wed. the 10th! Join us if you can!
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
Hey Bonni, what do you think, some people are never happy. Must be tuff being Lisamarie, maybe she just misses the good life back in Boston.
Some people always seem to be complaining.

Enjoy it Lisamarie you made the big move now you damn better well like it.
Yeah, Max, some people would cry if they had egg in their beer.
(who..like...me? heh heh)

Feeling better now that I've changed meds!
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by JohnH
Hey Summit Co people, how much snow did you get last night? I was just talking to my friend in Denver/Parker, and he got 5" on top of rain and slush. Wondering what the resorts got.
9News reports the following total snowfalls from the Halloween storm:
post #15 of 28
Lisa,

It was good seeing you and Mark today. I couldn't hang around as I had a meeting here in Craig. Let me know when you might ski Steamboat. It is a big mountaqin with some really good Blues. I have the 10th on my calendar. Laurie and I are talking about skiing Loveland one day this weekend. Are you and Mark going to be around?

Rick
post #16 of 28
I was sailing yesterday : ) .... temps in the mid-seventies : (
post #17 of 28
Hey don't you guy's ever work. Yea we're jealous.

I just spent two hours sucking the leafs off my lawn before it rains for the next two days :
post #18 of 28
Skied 2ft+ of powder. There was six or eight inches on the groomes runs. Don't come to Utah to ski. You can't buy a drink, there's no night life.

yd
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by ydnar
Skied 2ft+ of powder. There was six or eight inches on the groomes runs. Don't come to Utah to ski. You can't buy a drink, there's no night life.
It seems that some people take their local snowfall way too personally, as if snowfall at their local mountain(s) somehow reflects on their character. Pretty amusing...
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by faisasy
It seems that some people take their local snowfall way too personally, as if snowfall at their local mountain(s) somehow reflects on their character. Pretty amusing...
Oh faisasy, he's just playing. Yd's one of the good guys around here.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Oh faisasy, he's just playing. Yd's one of the good guys around here.
Well, I did say I found it amusing.

Regardless of whether it's 2 feet of powder, or groomed runs with no new snow in a week, we're all doing what we love -- out on the mountain, skiing!
post #22 of 28
Gah -- now who's being amusing?
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Rick, that wasn't Mark. Looks like him though. When Mark comes out, we may head out to Steamboat.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Rick, that wasn't Mark. Looks like him though. When Mark comes out, we may head out to Steamboat.
LM has a cloned MarkXS ski companion.

(Ever see those fake blow up men that paranoid women put in the passenger seat of their cars when driving at night alone? : )
post #25 of 28
Oh well, I was just being politically correct. It has been a while. Any way, the real Laurie and I are going to be skiing at Loveland Saturday or Sunday. Depends if any Bears want to ski either of those days. We will only ski one of those days.Let us know your preference and we will post it here on Thursday.

Rick
post #26 of 28
LM,

Steamboat opens on 11/24 (Late as usual.) Let us know when you will be skiing there.

Rick
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by ydnar
Skied 2ft+ of powder. There was six or eight inches on the groomes runs. Don't come to Utah to ski. You can't buy a drink, there's no night life.

yd
Flawed!!

Snowbird had beer in the cooler at the lodge pharmacy.
post #28 of 28
Jeff is like a St. Bernard. If there's a good beer around, he'll sniff it out.
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