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Vail was sick today, 1/12/08

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11inches overnight on top of 18 over the last 72hours.

Cold temps have kept everything fresh. No crust, no chowder. Just soft.

Awesome day.

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yeah It has been really good-51" in the last 7 days. Balls deep pow the other day. Sick.
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Give it an Aspirin and get it to a doctor.

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"The best ski day since 1993" I kept hearing over and over from locals there.

It was absolutely an amazing day, found many places with chest deep powder, fresh lines to be had all day. Took a deep Minturn Mile to the car and was completely spent from 10 + runs in the deepness.

Still grinning this morning...had dreams of the white room all night.
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Tremendous. A couple of weeks ago somebody on this forum thought Vail would come in under 150 inches for the year. Keep it coming plan on being out in early Feb.
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"The best ski day since 1993" I kept hearing over and over from locals there.

It was absolutely an amazing day, found many places with chest deep powder, fresh lines to be had all day. Took a deep Minturn Mile to the car and was completely spent from 10 + runs in the deepness.

Still grinning this morning...had dreams of the white room all night.
Bondo - lucky you should mention the Minturn Mile, I have been to Vail many times but never had a chance to ski it. This will be the year I think (in two weeks).

How far a walk is it to the Saloon? I have read reports that it is a 'walk' but other people I have talked to have indicated it is a fair way.. not really walking distance.
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first tracks all day

Vail was incredible today. We skied Outer Mongolia all afternoon- caught the first poma up at 1pm and skied untracked lines all afternoon- 6 runs with incredible over the knees powder. I have never had a day at Vail where I could get 1st tracks in the afternoon and on top of that for repeated runs all afternoon!
(yes I know- this thread is worthless without pictures, but even though there were 5 of us no one remembered to bring a camera). Those tracks looked great- take my word for it!)
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Bondo - lucky you should mention the Minturn Mile, I have been to Vail many times but never had a chance to ski it. This will be the year I think (in two weeks).

How far a walk is it to the Saloon? I have read reports that it is a 'walk' but other people I have talked to have indicated it is a fair way.. not really walking distance.
Cool, have fun, be prepared.
It is a bit of a slog back to the Saloon, 10 to 15 minutes I think. I kept my skis on the whole way and skated/ kick-n-glided back. totally doable.
Plus there is a nice cold one waiting for you!!
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Days # 23 and 24 were SICK. Inbounds was amazing, although Saturday was Uber crowded. The out of bounds turns we made were chest deep, amazing!

I said back in November that Vail may not get 150" this year. This was based on the fact that I have a friend that is a forecaster at the NWS. Some model runs at that time were definately not looking good. Also the strong La Nina pattern that kept Nov. one of the driest on records has drastically shifted starting in Dec. The NW flow aloft has kept the storms coming. Add in the two big S. flow storms that dropped a couple feet each and the skiing to this point has been EPIC.

This week looks cold and mostly dry, a few snow showers here and there. Currently high pressure in the eastern pacific keeping lots of moisture at bay. NW flow aloft will keep small snow events, less than 5", rolling thru on a regular basis.
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Cool, have fun, be prepared.
It is a bit of a slog back to the Saloon, 10 to 15 minutes I think. I kept my skis on the whole way and skated/ kick-n-glided back. totally doable.
Plus there is a nice cold one waiting for you!!

Skied the "mile" both Sat and Sun. Turns at the top were epic each day. The slog to the saloon isn't bad as long as you are in decent shape. Our skis stayed on and just skated up the small hill then down to the saloon. Remember, the saloon opens at 3:30.
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Sorry, I'm a Vail newbie...what's the Minturn Mile?
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Originally Posted by Bondo View Post
Cool, have fun, be prepared.
It is a bit of a slog back to the Saloon, 10 to 15 minutes I think. I kept my skis on the whole way and skated/ kick-n-glided back. totally doable.
Plus there is a nice cold one waiting for you!!
No problems, we'll be with locals who have done it many times, but we have just never gotten around to it. One of them used to work at the Minturn Country Club so he would 'ski to work' just about every day.

Oh those margaritas!!!!

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Sorry, I'm a Vail newbie...what's the Minturn Mile?

A backcountry "trail" you can take from the top of Vail all the way to the town of Minturn.

Note: Longer than a mile and not for beginners
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