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Keystone - Opening Day - Nov. 3

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Wonderful!!

The snow cover, on open runs, was like mid-season packed powder. Not a rock or blade of grass to be seen.

Perfect groomer conditions - amazing for November 3!

Only Montezuma lift was open for skiing, so lines were a bit long (15 min to 1/2 hr). All open runs funneled to Montezuma.

Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, will be a swarm at Copper and Keystone due to the cheap passes. Expect long lines.

I'm headed to Loveland for the next 2 days.

I've gotta tip my hat to the folks at Keystone. Blessed with the dump last week, they prepped their slopes to perfection.
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Capt'n, are you still here on Monday?
post #3 of 14
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Steve: Regretfully, I can only ski until Sunday at noon.

My ski fantasy then turns back into a pumpkin, as I pick-up a business associate at DIA.

You're a lucky man to live in this place!

Fortunately, the business purpose of this trip is to scout warehouses for our business, which may re-locate to the area.

If we do, I may live in the Louisville area (I checked-out Boulder, but concluded I was too poor for that ).
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You're a lucky man to live in this place!

Fortunately, the business purpose of this trip is to scout warehouses for our business, which may re-locate to the area.

If we do, I may live in the Louisville area (I checked-out Boulder, but concluded I was too poor for that ).
I am blessed, indeed!

I live just outside Boulder, partially for that reason. The other is that I like seeing the back range from my front door!
post #5 of 14
Captain

I live in Louisville, and I picked it because I like it better than Boulder. It's 6 miles from "40 square miles surrounded by reality," and has, in my opinion, better views than Boulder. We have a nice small town feel, about 30k folk, easy access to Boulder and Denver, and were recently rated the #1 place to live in the US.

Hope you make the switch. BTW, my father-in-law just relocated from Bellingham and loves it. Having lived in the NW and CO, I do prefer it here (of course, I was raised here so that makes a difference).

Mike
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Captain

I live in Louisville, and I picked it because I like it better than Boulder. It's 6 miles from "40 square miles surrounded by reality," and has, in my opinion, better views than Boulder. We have a nice small town feel, about 30k folk, easy access to Boulder and Denver, and were recently rated the #1 place to live in the US.

Hope you make the switch. BTW, my father-in-law just relocated from Bellingham and loves it. Having lived in the NW and CO, I do prefer it here (of course, I was raised here so that makes a difference).

Mike
Hey Mike:

Thanks for the input. It's inspiring!

Louiseville seemed like a real nice place, with a good feel. The downtown is pleasant, and the homes look well-kept. I can easily see it being rated as a #1 location.

The great thing about Colorado, vs. Washington, is SUN. It lifts the spirits.

If we make the move, we'll have to get together and make some turns!
Plus, you can show me all your powder stashes.
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Capt'n, count me among those who hope you make the move. If you need someone to help with the technical infrastructure at your new place, you know where to find me...

Next time, ping us ahead of time, eh?
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Capt'n, count me among those who hope you make the move. If you need someone to help with the technical infrastructure at your new place, you know where to find me...

Next time, ping us ahead of time, eh?
Absolutely will do!

You guys have a great crew here. It's ski fanatic Heaven!

Once we start getting systems installed, Steve, I'll put you in touch with our operations guy. Hopefully, in the Spring!
post #9 of 14

First Chair!

Here's a picture of Keystone's first chair of the 2006-07 season, with (l-r) Jimmy Cochran of the U.S. Ski Team, Erin Breslin and Hunter Black of Summit County's Team Summit, and Ted Ligety, current Olympic Combined (slalom and downhill) Champion. How's that for leaders of the parade?




Opening day was a bit crowded, but there's obviously lots of excitement for the coming season. Keystone will have the honor of hosting the U.S. Ski Team for training on North Peak for the next month or so, so come on out and root for the home team--and some of the world's best skiers.


Best regards,
Bob
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Keystone will have the honor of hosting the U.S. Ski Team for training on North Peak for the next month or so, so come on out and root for the home team--and some of the world's best skiers.
Definitely will have to do that. Bob, do you know if they'll be skiing/training everyday? Some of my best turns ever were last Tuesday at Loveland when I was watching/following/emulating (or trying to!) some pretty amazing young racers.
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They'll train every day, Faisasy. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a close look, because they'll be on North Peak, which is not open to the public yet.

But they'll be there--the whole team, eventually. Keystone has gone to great lengths, with the cooperation and support of the U.S. Ski Team, to upgrade the snowmaking facilities on North Peak just for this. That will continue in the years to come, as Keystone anticipates becoming the training home for the U.S. Ski Teams--including Snowboard and Freestyle, as well as Alpine. It's an exciting time at Keystone!

Best regards,
Bob
post #12 of 14
Bob

Does that mean that Copper has lost the early season training to Keystone? If so, there must be some fuming between some of the folk at Intrawest and Vail Resorts (although I suspect the suits are just as happy to see it move).

Mike
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Hey Mike:

Thanks for the input. It's inspiring!

Louiseville seemed like a real nice place, with a good feel. The downtown is pleasant, and the homes look well-kept. I can easily see it being rated as a #1 location.

The great thing about Colorado, vs. Washington, is SUN. It lifts the spirits.

If we make the move, we'll have to get together and make some turns!
Plus, you can show me all your powder stashes.
Absolutely. Hopefully you've hooked up on a season pass deal so that you are set for the winter when you arrive -- we may not get the snow that Baker does, but our weather is better.

Mike
post #14 of 14
Yes, Habacomike, Copper and Keystone competed pretty hard, apparently, for the right to become to the official fall training center for the U.S. Ski Teams. As I understand it, Keystone won a one-year contract, and hopes to extend that with opportunities for the Snowboard and Freestyle teams as well. Keystone's facilities are especially attractive because the athletes can train on North Peak, away from the general public, which appeals both to the Team and to the Resort and the public, who can operate with no interference. Keystone benefits from the help of the Ski Teams in making snow and preparing North Peak for an earlier and better-than-ever opening once the Teams leave. We're excited about that!

Best regards,
Bob
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