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post #1 of 22
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Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 AM- run over to Copper to do my ski school paperwork, get a locker before the mobs arrive, pick up my uniform and snag an exchange voucher for Loveland Ski Area. They are blowing snow all the way down to the bottom of Mein Vein-looking good for a November 2nd opening.

10:30 throw all the gear in the truck and head up I-70 to the Eisenhower tunnel-it’s 14 miles to Loveland. Coming out of the tunnel look over and check the lift lines-non existent.

10:45 clicking on the skis for the first time since last April, boy they are slippery-nice wax job. Slide down the maze and onto the lift. That familiar rocking of the chair feels so good. 10:50-here comes the terminal station, stand up, slide down, pull to the side to snug up the booster straps.

All right-first run time!!! Take a quick look around at the peaks of the continental divide and we’re off. It’s a little firm on the upper section, let’s just play with a nice centered stance and drive the tips through the turn. Here’s the first major switchback, cool, some mini moguls on the next section and still a bit of the firm side.

Now the trail widens out a bit and the snow is definitely softer. Let’s play along the edges where there is piled up snow. Crank up the velocity a bit more. Time for a few short turns; keep the focus and the flow down the hill. Feel the center of your feet as you drive through the apex of your turns. A big sweeper right and we’re heading back down to the lift. Time to just roll from edge to edge, feeling that sweet arcing sensation.

Slide to a stop-BIG GRIN!! THE SEASON HAS BEGUN!!

Let’s do it again and again-add a few more things to focus on.

Stop on the side and watch a few skiers make turns-the mind goes into instructor mode-time to go home and relish day 1.

I’ll be back Thursday if any Bears are in the area.

[ October 22, 2002, 01:46 PM: Message edited by: Ski&Golf ]
post #2 of 22
"the peaks of the continental divide"

a beautiful reminder of why!

Thanks

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 22
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Nice description of the days events... i'm very jealous. It's still nearly another month before I can even pick up my season pass from my home club.

We got our first snow of the season last night though... too bad it didn't stick. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #4 of 22
Great first day report. Makes me even more antsy for our season to start in WA.
Excuse me while I go caress my gear and gently whisper "soon baby's, soon."
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Oz,

It really is beautiful here in the high Rockies. Sometimes is worth it sitting up high and just wondering why your so lucky to be here.

It starting to snow lightly here in Summit County. A neighbor just came back from Denver and said it is snowing from Idaho Springs to the Eisenhower tunnel.
post #6 of 22
You lucky dog!!!

Just think - you were in 70-ish degree MD just a week ago.

Tom / PM

PS - check your regular email inbox.
post #7 of 22
I'm SO jelous! I have about a month at best until I get to hit the slopes. Well, have fun and enjoy, oh take some turns for me!
Vicki
post #8 of 22
My first day was October 3rd of this year. Alta recieved 24" on the 2nd. I skinned to the top of Glory Hole, not a track in sight, and scored my earliest turns of my life.
post #9 of 22
I should have sent a p.m. I was there as well. Bob B was going to come and got too busy with other stuff.

I made five runs and called it a day. It was fun and it is snowing lightly in Boulder.
post #10 of 22
>>>We got our first snow of the season last night though... too bad it didn't stick.<<<

N8M, we were at the Oktoberfest in Kitchener the first three days and on Monday, Thanksgiving day, we drove up to Bala for the cranberry harvest and it had some snow on the ground, left over from a ligh snowfall the night before.

Ski&Golf and Rusty, lucky you, it's going to be a long season, hopefully.

....Ott
post #11 of 22
Ott,

I was in the old Club Med building last Sunday and thought about you.

Opening day at Loveland would have been more fun had you been there.

I'm sore this morning and starting to feel.....not so young!
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Rusty,

Isn't is terrible when we join the vitamin "I" generation. Also known as ibuprofren.

Ott,

We're praying for a long and snowy season. This area needs the moisture desperately. It will take more than one to really break the drought.
post #13 of 22
Ski&Golf, I skied two days at Loveland already! Last Friday and Saturday! Are you sore at all? I was last Sunday but better now - only did 16 runs total.

PS I was hanging out on a different ski forum but it has turned into a one woman sex show, so I think I am going to hang out here for a while and see how it goes.

See you on the slopes!
post #14 of 22
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Tigerkatze,

Welcome to Epicski!

I kept the runs limited on Monday-I think it was 5 in total. That's kind of my usual program for the first few days of the season. I'll ski over 130 days during the season so I really have learned not to overdo the initial days on skis. Doing it that way I manage to avoid the Vitamin "I" syndrome and I can plot things I want to work on next time out.

Plus, I've got a lot of self study projects going on in my golf world I need to finish before my ski teaching season really gets cranking.

Now if the snow is super I'll discard principal for just rippin. But it dosen't look like any powder days are on the horizon.

I'll be back there tomorrow with a buddy who teaches at Breck so we'll probably ski from about 10 to 2 since he masquerades as a bus driver in the evenings.
post #15 of 22
Ski and Golf's message revised from the Mid West. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 AM- run over to Pine Knob to do my ski school construction work, get a locker (50 cents) before the mobs arrive, pick up my uniform (that's where I left it!) and snag a nail on it from unfinished construction. They are blowing snow somewhere but not Michigan -looking good for a January 2nd opening.

10:30 throw all the gear in the truck and head up I-75 to Mt Holly-it’s 14 miles to Mt. Holly. Coming out of the exit look over and check the lift lines-non existent. Parking lot is pretty empty too.

10:45 clicking on the skis for the first time since summer camp, boy they are slippery-spilled motor oil in the back of truck. Slide down the maze and onto the lift. That familiar rocking of the chair stopped all the time feels familiar. 10:50-still just sitting here. Take a quick look around at the peaks of the Metro Detroit and I'm still sitting here. Come to think of it the CLO isn't anywhere to be seen. It’s a little firm on the upper section, looks like a #6 gravel mixed in the clay and some of the scrap metal is showing from that thing that was buried here long ago.
Now the tale takes a turn for the worse and the snow is definitely hard to see. Let’s play along the edges of the ski racks where there is piled up ski totes and rusted locks. Crank up the raid can because there's some hornets living in there.Time for short sleeves; keep the focus and head back to the parking lot. Feel the center of your feet as you step in yesterdays puddles. Must be a problem with the pumps, that's why their not making snow! A big sweeper, who looks like he had a few to many cafeteria donuts, cleans off the sidewalk and I'm heading back down to the truck. Time to just roll out of the parking lot, feeling that embarrassment of being a midwest skier.

Slide to a stop-BIG GRIN!! THE SEASON HASN'T BEGUN!!
I DON'T HAVE TO WORK TODAY, I CAN GO HOME AND WATCH TV.

Stop on the side to have a beer at the Groveland seeing the local crowd-the mind goes into trailer park mode-time to go home and read Epic-Ski.

I’ll be back Thursday JUST IN CASE!!

CAN YOU FEEL MY PAIN S&G?

Just make sure you guys are ready come Thanksgiving!
post #16 of 22
What do you mean they're not blowing snow in Michigan? Have you checked Brule's website? http://www.skibrule.com/view.shtml
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
fastskis,

And you wonder why I bagged Michigan for Colorado.

Did they pile anymore dirt on Holly or Pine Knob to add vertical? I think there is a hole on the Raven golf course in Silverthorne that has more vertical than either PK or Holly.

Winter Park will be ready.
post #18 of 22
Hey Rusty, I heqr that the Club Med moved out and the building is now insturctor housing, is that so?

You and Mike and Bob are such great folks to be with, it's a shame we couldn't spend more time together, but who knows, maybe the opportunity will present itself again sometime.

At least you guys will see each other at the Solitude gathering, I'm sorry we can't make it.

Ski&Golf, I hear the draught is terrible there. When driving from Frisco to the Tiger Run RV Park near Breck where we stay when in Summit county, we always enjoyed driving along lake Dillon. One Summer there were even sailboat races, I hear it's low now.

.....Ott
post #19 of 22
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Ott,

Club Med has become the headquarters for Copper. We consolidated all three ski school locker rooms there. The guest rooms have been converted to employee housing. The dining room is now for employee use. Overall it will probably work out.

Lake Dillon is probably down about 40 feet. I took my dog down there for a run Monday and we were looking up at what used to be an island. Although the demand on the Lake has dropped with some recent moisture, predicitions are it will go down another 20 to 30 feet this winter. It's going to take a few years to get it refilled.

I need to hook up with Barnsie next week and check out things for Solitude. I think it's going to be a phenomenal event.

I hope somehow you make time to visit us here in Summit County again. We've been getting light snow the past few days, highs today will be in the upper 30's.
post #20 of 22
SLATZ,

Quote:
What do you mean they're not blowing snow in Michigan?
I knew one of you guys would be busting my balls on that one! Brule does a great job and I'll be up there with some athletes Dec. 7-8 but to be considered "in Michigan" those folks have to quit calling it Superior and root for the Lions instead of the Packers! [img]smile.gif[/img] Then we'll allow them back into the union!

Looking forward to a great season, hope to catch up with you at one of the races.
post #21 of 22
Yeah, baby! I'm with you on that one, fastskis. Nothing bugs me more than Packer fans in Michigan! I'm trying to convert 'em though. So far I've converted my wife... She used to be a Viking fan (she has an excuse, shes from Minn.) I'm a little worried though, she seems to be a bit too much of a Joey Harrington fan.....
post #22 of 22
I´m green with envy !!!!

Summer it´s just arriving to this part of the world , and I have to wait for 6 months to even think about snow .
Thanks god I can ¨virtual ski ¨ with all of you in this forum.

I will try to hide my tears while watching the string bikini clad girls in the beach.
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