You guys who couldn't get there missed a good one. I really lucked out. In Silverthorne, the State Patrol was only allowing 4 Wheel Drive or chains. (Officer: "Do you have 4WD?" Me: "It's a Subaru--it's the only way they make 'em--full time AWD." Officer: "Is it engaged?" Me to self: "Just bite your tongue and shut up, Bob--do not ask what part of 'full-time' does he not understand..." Me to officer: "Yes.")
So up I go, 'till I get to the tunnel and a red light. After waiting ten minutes, the light turned green and the CDOT people clad in yellow waved all the cars up to the turnaround, shouting "the roads are closed all the way to Denver--everyone needs to turn around and go back down the hill. Move along. Move it!" So, naturally, I pulled over to the side and stopped, and half a dozen other cars pulled over too. Big yelling yellow's face got red as he stomped through the snow toward us yelling "roads are closed to Denver--move!" but I got to a supervisor first. "I don't want to go to Denver--is there any way I could just go through the tunnel to Loveland?" I asked. To my surprise, after a radio and cell phone call, he got authorization for me and just a couple other cars, including Scott, to go through. Big yelling yellow guy stomped away.
And that was it--a handful of cars in the Loveland parking lot, in a blizzard, and the roads closed from every direction.
To Loveland's complete credit, they ran the lifts and kept the place open, probably at huge cost, just to entertain a tiny crowd of people most of whom probably had season passes or complimentary passes. They could easily have refused to open, on the grounds that they just didn't have enough employees. That was true, too--the Director and Assistant Director of the Ski School ran shovels and ticket scanners and bumped chairs to keep the place going. I, for one, want to express my sincere gratitude to the management of the Loveland Ski Area for generously letting us all play.
Thank you, Loveland!