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VAIL POWDER and a Loveland tree skier…

post #1 of 18
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Anyone who landed in Vail 1/12 knows the story…what makes Vail, VAIL...

Sinking into Sun Down Bowl; I’m almost too excited to move. I got over it quickly :








The background on this next 10:30 AM shot demonstrates the enormity of Vail :. I think you can spy only a couple of folks in this pic off in the distance even though the parking was full-up at 9:30 with a Gondola wait time of over an hour including an instructor saying he had not seen such traffic volume in some time. However, once you figure out how to work Vail front to back, you can minimize chair waits (yes even 5) and crack open fresh all day:




Betsy sets up for her adventure in the clouds:






Betsy's stoked:




Looking good over on Highline:


Love the snow pine…a great Vail look:


North Rim 'huck' heaven:


Betsy finds more soft; Over Yonder later in the day:


Northwoods at 3PM…time to work our way out:


...Onto Loveland the next day which held a surprise [including our camera date stamp which did not roll forward] sighting of a special tree skier.

The finest tree skier I have ever seen, period. I have yet to find anyone who can jump in at full speed without knowing the layout and make the kind of lightning quick tight turns as he can…any guess who?:






Uncle Louie:.



Enjoying a warm up at the Loveland hut, Betsy, me, Tsavo and UL. Good friends, snow, turns and a bright and crisp day…nothing better. Thanks all for a great day skiing

post #2 of 18
Fantastic photos!

Thanks for posting!
post #3 of 18
Shoot so much pow pow great pics! How do you ski powder when it is so deep?
post #4 of 18
Great pics!!! I was there and it was beyond epic. I got stuck in Outer Mongolia because the snow was up to my chest.
post #5 of 18
Great pics.

I'm pretty disappointed I didn't head to Vail with my friend that day. I opted to go to Breck instead since we were at my friends condo there. Friday at Keystone was pretty incredible though despite the cold.
post #6 of 18
Very nice Thanks for sharing. My stoke is large and growing
post #7 of 18
I was there on 1/12 also with a couple friends. It was too good to even stop for a single picture. So deep! Blue Sky Basin was amazing, lovers leap one of the softest I've jumped into. Best day of the year so far.
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How do you ski powder when it is so deep?
Hmm…for specific instruction seek out the certified Pro’s on the forum . As for me; I find the best way to learn to ski powder is to find it, get in it and let the instruction of gravity and the fall line work for you. Maintain a uniformed platform and let the knees lead with very subtle edge work. Look further down the slope than you normally do when your skis are just scratching the surface. And remember; modern powder skis practically scream at you to shut up and let them work with the pitch and run for you. Finally, when in a rhythm of turns with the thud of snow hitting your chest and face...don’t stop until you reach the bottom or your heart blows up…whichever comes first :
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Originally Posted by scaryfast View Post
I was there and it was beyond epic. I got stuck in Outer Mongolia because the snow was up to my chest.
The snow did appear more than reported for the day but I suppose with the week long snows everything just came together perfectly. I did have many occasions of chest deep shots on the down stroke [so to speak] especially in the glades. Of course the pictures taken here occurred early on and before we moved further over and back [as you did towards OM] where the snow really piled up. We finally put the camera away as you just could not afford to undo the coat and burn precious powder time :. Wow, what a day! We’ll have to catch up with you on another Vail blower.
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Very nice
Well?! When are you getting out here to enjoy this stuff?
post #9 of 18
Great shots Don

I had a similar day in mid Dec and it finally let me experience how good those bowls can be on a powder day.

Glad to see that Uncle Louie guy made it back out:

I'm in the area in less than a week and it's going to be good.
post #10 of 18
phenomenal two days of skiing.
saturday was one of the best days I've ever had.
Sunday was phenomenal as well, and there were still fresh lines at 2pm Sunday out in the Mongolia bowls.

Oh...and I tried Mantras for the first time on Sunday. Best damn ski I've ever been on.
post #11 of 18
Damn I missed the gang again. I bailed at Loveland instead of going through the tunnel with everyone else from Denver. Loveland was quite nice as well, although not nearly as deep. Decent day considering that I was solo. Spent most of the day making laps at Chair 8 and a couple under 4.
post #12 of 18
Great day and always fun skiing with UL, my boyfriend (DonDenver) and his wife Betsy!!!
post #13 of 18
I'll probably be at Keystone with KevinF on Thursday (and somewhere on Saturday). Don, madmike, anyone else -- shoot me a PM if you'll be up.
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...my boyfriend (DonDenver)
Holy crap Katy...do you think Betsy suspects anything: : Hopefully she won't be reading this thread
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Holy crap Katy...do you think Betsy suspects anything: : Hopefully she won't be reading this thread

Nice try you guys!!: I do occasionally read these you know!
Actually, for as good a friend as Katy is, I'm willing to share.
post #16 of 18
Katy and Betsy:

Rut Ro! Looks like I'll have to perfect my DD impersonation

I've already got the height and general build down, so just a little facial surgery to disguise MY good looks and I'll be in:
post #17 of 18
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Katy and Betsy:

Rut Ro! Looks like I'll have to perfect my DD impersonation

I've already got the height and general build down, so just a little facial surgery to disguise MY good looks and I'll be in:
Don't forget... you'll need to power-up your jacket...
post #18 of 18
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Great pics!!! I was there and it was beyond epic. I got stuck in Outer Mongolia because the snow was up to my chest.
Agree on the great pics. . . and same thing's happened to me! Not a steep enough angle to keep up the speed to blast through a deeper, heavier drift. I need another one of those days. . . one where it's possible to get stuck in snow up to your chest in Mongolia.
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