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post #1 of 28
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Abasin predicted 27+ over the next 3 days.

Vail 20+

Loveland 25+

Copper 20+

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs
post #2 of 28
Seems like my morning commute (to Winter Park) will be hellish; combine that with teaching 3 & 4 yo's this week, and it's all I'll be able to do not stop at Kermit's for the day.
post #3 of 28
We get there Saturday!! BRINGGG IT ONNNNN!!!
post #4 of 28
Skiing Sunday and Monday at Vail. . . yes, yes, yes!

(Of course, just say no to avalanches!)

You're in for a good trip, kdskis2!

Mollmeister
post #5 of 28
It's snowing and blowing here in Dillon--winter storm warnings are in effect for our area through early Friday. Powder day?? ! (now, if I could just learn how to ski in powder!!)
post #6 of 28
Vail on Saturday!!!

WAAAAHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TAKE PICTURES PEOPLE!!!

I want to see eye candy on Monday morning on this site!!!!:
post #7 of 28
Vail snow report this morning:

10" since yesterday
36" last seven days (more like last three or four)

Still snowing.

Yipeee!!

Hope I can get there on Sunday!

Mollie
post #8 of 28
Looks like Vail/BC and the western I-70 resorts are getting a little more from this storm... but who cares when you're talking 15" plus!
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
Looks like Vail/BC and the western I-70 resorts are getting a little more from this storm... but who cares when you're talking 15" plus!
Still coming down hard (and the wind's brisk) here. Had I not had to work today....sigh....
post #10 of 28
I will be skiing out there on Monday the 6th - Friday the 10th.

Weather.com is currently saying no snow that week :-(
And I was hoping for powder skiing!
post #11 of 28
Hey deltat, check out snowforecast.com. They say that there will be consistent storms coming out here that week... weather.com isn't reliable at all when it comes to snow forecasts out here.
post #12 of 28
Don't worry about it- it's hard for them to say when it's so far ahead. Just wait like 3 days and log onto it again...

This weekend is going to be great - like that's any different from the rest of this season. East Vail Chutes / Mushroom bowl anyone? Going to be SICK.

Maybe the super bowl will keep some of the crowds off the mountain.
post #13 of 28

Blower at the Beave

Yes indeedy..the storm did come in last night.

not to rub it in but BC was good today.. (10" overnight) untracked lines all day..snowed off and on and not too many people were out..counted 15-20 empty chairs between folks in Rose Bowl and Grouse too..thigh deep in spots on Upper Golden Eagle..I love the Beave on a powder/storm day. Good visibilty with all of the trees and not too many hard cores to gobble the goods

come on up!!
post #14 of 28
I'm so psyched, I can't wait!

I'll be out with two other friends starting on Monday. We plan to hit Vail, Breck, A-Basin, and Copper. I'll be skiing Monday - Friday. Anyone want to give us some tips on how to ski powder better (we're all east coast) for a free lunch? Or show us some local stashes for free lunch & drinks!

Two out of three of us are strong skiiers and have no problem with nearly all terain in the east coast (except bumps).
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by colopete
Don't worry about it- it's hard for them to say when it's so far ahead. Just wait like 3 days and log onto it again...

This weekend is going to be great - like that's any different from the rest of this season. East Vail Chutes / Mushroom bowl anyone? Going to be SICK.

Maybe the super bowl will keep some of the crowds off the mountain.
Where is the East Vail Chutes / Mushroom Bowl??:
post #16 of 28
Breck was amazing today too. I've had about 15" at my house. We were still getting untracked knee deep at 3:00pm.

Steve
post #17 of 28
It WAS awesome yesterday. Could not quit until 7PM (since 9AM) at Keystone. Untracked pow. Heading out again in a few minutes... (day 84 non-stop...)
post #18 of 28
This looks SO AWESOME!!! I am ver ready, Moll. And Deltat, Breckview, others...if you ski Breck on Monday, Tues. and possibly Friday...we will be there. I hope it keeps on coming. I want to perfect my powder skiing!! WOOOOOHOOOO!
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by kdskis2
This looks SO AWESOME!!! I am ver ready, Moll. And Deltat, Breckview, others...if you ski Breck on Monday, Tues. and possibly Friday...we will be there. I hope it keeps on coming. I want to perfect my powder skiing!! WOOOOOHOOOO!
Today is a perfect example of how snow reports can be misleading and still accurate. Breck reported 7" of new this morning (16" storm total). But since I skied 'til close yesterday I know that it really only snowed about 2" after the close to this morning. So really there's only 2" sitting on top of tracks. If you were to drive up from Denver expecting a perfect blanket of 7", you'd be disappointed and may opine that the report was fraudulent but it's actually accurate.

Here's how I wish they'd measure snow in Colorado. They'd measure every 12 hours (twice a day) at 5pm and 5am. Both of these 12 hr totals would count towards the snow total. Here's why this would be better for the Colorado skier:

1. The 5pm to 5am total would more accurately reflect what a first chair skier would experience since that is the period during which no one is skiing the mountain.

2. All of colorado's snow totals would increase by 10-20% because if 5" falls during both these periods currently the reported total is generally 8-9" instead of 10". This is primarily because our snow compacts greatly with the weight of more snow on top. Higher totals for Colorado would obviously be better for marketing.

kdskis2, I'm afraid I'm going to have to hope against your powder dreams... I have so much snow on my property I can barely get up my 500' driveway and need heavy equipment to remove some of it. If it snows another foot before a high pressure ridge sets up I'm going to be really screwed.

But I will make some turns with you at Breck if you're interested. PM me.

Steve
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by breckview
I'm afraid I'm going to have to hope against your powder dreams... I have so much snow on my property I can barely get up my 500' driveway and need heavy equipment to remove some of it. If it snows another foot before a high pressure ridge sets up I'm going to be really screwed.

Steve
Oh no!

And I am afraid you may be out of luck unless you can get it done today, as I have been hearing tales of the snow starting again tomorrow. . . :/, depending on who you are.

Speaking of roads and driveways, I am beginning to wonder how well CDOT is going to keep up with this. . . they were having to do lots of extra shoulder clearing last week in prep for oncoming storms. . . Hope they're *having fun* cutting and blowing the shoulders in prep for the next round. . .

Mollmeister
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by AE
It WAS awesome yesterday. Could not quit until 7PM (since 9AM) at Keystone. Untracked pow. Heading out again in a few minutes... (day 84 non-stop...)
Wow that's a lot of days. I just hit 40 days and thought I was doing pretty well.

Steve
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by mollmeister
And I am afraid you may be out of luck unless you can get it done today,
Unfortunately, all the removal people are working with their contract clients. I have to wait until the weather clears and equipment become available. It's gets much cheaper when equipment is sitting idle compared to today when everyone is fighting over it and it's going for top dollar.

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Speaking of roads and driveways, I am beginning to wonder how well CDOT is going to keep up with this. . .
Summit County is almost out of storage space. I don't think they know what they'll do if it keeps snowing like this. I have a lot of personal storage but I need a loader move snow into it.

My fallback is that I have a full-time employee at the house but I really don't want to put him through shoveling 4 hours which is how long it takes to shovel out 10" on the driveway.

Steve
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by breckview
Unfortunately, all the removal people are working with their contract clients. I have to wait until the weather clears and equipment become available. It's also gets much cheaper when equipment is sitting idle compared to today when everyone is fighting over it and it's going for top dollar. . . My fallback is that I have a full-time employee at the house but I really don't want to put him through shoveling 4 hours which is how long it takes to shovel out 10" on the driveway.
Oh, man. That's a huge hassle. I have lived through a couple of epic winters that required lots of plowing and snow removal. I remember one in particular where my landlord required that we get cars out of the driveway if it snowed more than a few inches so that he could plow. One night it snowed several feet, so we spent hours digging cars out, moving them, and then driving around in circles until he could get there with the plow, because there was so much snow that there wasn't any street parking anywhere.

Too bad I'm not up there yet. My husband and I love shoveling ('cuz we're weird, and occasionally miss living right where the snow is actually falling). We'd pitch in!


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Originally Posted by breckview
Summit County is almost out of storage space. I don't think they know what they'll do if it keeps snowing like this.
That's just crazy. In the Sierras, sometimes they'd just blow it so high that you'd be driving a *tunnel* with 15 or 20 foot high walls on either side. The El Nino winters of 1995/1996 were crazy there. Makes me think of that insane Front Range storm in 2003, when there were buried cars everywhere, and I-70 would suddenly drop from 3 lanes to 1 because of the abandoned trucks and vans and station wagons. After closing for avalanches, of course. Any concerns for avy problems this week?

Mollmeister
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by mollmeister
That's just crazy. In the Sierras, sometimes they'd just blow it so high that you'd be driving a *tunnel* with 15 or 20 foot high walls on either side. The El Nino winters of 1995/1996 were crazy there. Makes me think of that insane Front Range storm in 2003, when there were buried cars everywhere, and I-70 would suddenly drop from 3 lanes to 1 because of the abandoned trucks and vans and station wagons. After closing for avalanches, of course. Any concerns for avy problems this week?

Mollmeister
Since we don't get snow like the Sierras I don't think we can stack snow that high. They do it here with loaders and 12-14 feet is as high they can do. We have stacks that high everywhere.

I'd the avy danger is pretty high in the normal places. We were knocking off some small wind loaded slabs yesterday afternoon in the bowls before they closed them.

Steve
post #25 of 28
Here's how I wish they'd measure snow in Colorado. They'd measure every 12 hours (twice a day) at 5pm and 5am. Both of these 12 hr totals would count towards the snow total. Here's why this would be better for the Colorado skier:

1. The 5pm to 5am total would more accurately reflect what a first chair skier would experience since that is the period during which no one is skiing the mountain.

2. All of colorado's snow totals would increase by 10-20% because if 5" falls during both these periods currently the reported total is generally 8-9" instead of 10". This is primarily because our snow compacts greatly with the weight of more snow on top. Higher totals for Colorado would obviously be better for marketing.

kdskis2, I'm afraid I'm going to have to hope against your powder dreams... I have so much snow on my property I can barely get up my 500' driveway and need heavy equipment to remove some of it. If it snows another foot before a high pressure ridge sets up I'm going to be really screwed.

But I will make some turns with you at Breck if you're interested. PM me.

Steve[/quote]

Oh well. It sounded sweet and I know for a fact that there is alot of snow, so that makes me SUPREMELY HAPPY. Sorry to hear about your dilemma with snow at your house. You may be in for a break next week.
I pm'd you about skiing! Thanks! Hope it happens!
post #26 of 28
Snowed all day again at Breck and it's currently snowing VERY HEAVY.

Steve
post #27 of 28

Summit county observations

Just returned from a week in Summit Co, was there 1/28 until 2/4.
We stayed in Breckenridge and it snowed every day, all day, they got over three feet the week I was there.
Unless you like skiing crud, the best resort was Keystone, they groomed the best and we had our best skiing there.
Copper mountain was second, if you save your boarding pass, there lift tix are buy one get one free.
Breckenridge, Arapahoe and Loveland were all windy whiteout's. The wind and snow were blowing so hard at loveland on Friday 2/3, I thought I was skiing when I was standing still!
Still had a great time, lot's of power runs early, but things got a bit cruddy by lunchtime. Favorite Brewpub was Dillion Dam Brewery in Dillon. A little bigger and nicer than Breckenridge Brewpub, the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco was a distant third, it was dead and their beer unremarkable.
Anyone going to Summit Co would be wise to plan for the return trip. They closed Loveland pass several times, which meant hours and hours of backup on I70. We stayed east of the tunnel our last night to avoid problems.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by FatTire
Just returned from a week in Summit Co, was there 1/28 until 2/4.
We stayed in Breckenridge and it snowed every day, all day, they got over three feet the week I was there.
Unless you like skiing crud, the best resort was Keystone, they groomed the best and we had our best skiing there.
Copper mountain was second, if you save your boarding pass, there lift tix are buy one get one free.
Breckenridge, Arapahoe and Loveland were all windy whiteout's. The wind and snow were blowing so hard at loveland on Friday 2/3, I thought I was skiing when I was standing still!
Still had a great time, lot's of power runs early, but things got a bit cruddy by lunchtime. Favorite Brewpub was Dillion Dam Brewery in Dillon. A little bigger and nicer than Breckenridge Brewpub, the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco was a distant third, it was dead and their beer unremarkable.
Anyone going to Summit Co would be wise to plan for the return trip. They closed Loveland pass several times, which meant hours and hours of backup on I70. We stayed east of the tunnel our last night to avoid problems.
We went to both Backcountry and Dillon Dam and I totally agree with you. The menu and food at Backcountry was nothing close to Dillon Dam. Watching the Superbowl at Dillon Dam was fantastic.

Our favorite happened to be Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver. It seemed like everything on the menu used beer as an ingredient. I thought that was pretty neat.
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