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The Fat Lady has Sung.....!

post #1 of 19
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About 2 hrs ago, the season ended at Vail. With about half the mtn closed already, and enough bare areas to graze cattle, the conditions weren't too bad.

The place was empty today, except the small pockets of instrs scattered around, taking PSIA clinics and exams.

The locker room had an eerie silence to it. Just the occasional slam of a locker, or the quiet goodbyes/good lucks spoken between friends who won't see each other again for at least 6 months, if ever.

In retrospect, it was a good season. Good snow, colder temps, made some money, met some great people. Survived it with no significant injuries, and working the ETU and the ESA were definite highlights!

Putting another proverbial notch on the ski pole, it's time to start thinking of the coming summer. It almost seems surreal that it is now upon us. I was skiing today, tomorrow I won't be. That quickly, our lives change.

So, whether you are biking, sailing, skating, or what ever you do to fill the time between winters, have a safe and active summer.

See you around EpicSki!

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post #2 of 19
Amazing how fast a winter can go by, huh?

80 degrees forecast for tomorrow here in NYC!
post #3 of 19
I'm with you Ric, I can't believe it's over already. As you know, we ended our season with our trip to Vail. I thought it would be a great finish to our season, and it was, but it left us wanting more. I guess that's just the way it will always be, and I need to learn to focus on the good times had, rather than the disappointment of the season's end.

As to the Vail trip, it was a blast. We didn't have great snow, but we had a great time. We were all taken back by the vastness of the mountain and could be happy skiing there for weeks at a time. Perhaps the biggest joy of the trip was seeing my wife on skis, smiling, and eager to go out again the next day. She's already talking about getting more instruction next year to get ready for our trip back. I have Roger to thank for her change in attitude. BTW, I'm glad I got to meet both you and roundturns. Maybe next time we'll get to make some turns together. Have a great summer!!
post #4 of 19
We were out during Easter. Ironically, we had too much going on to actually ski. Still and all, the Eagle and Summiit County area is incredible, even when you are not skiing.
post #5 of 19
Hmmmmmm, we got snow this weekend and Timberline is still reporting a base of 163".

I think summer skiing will be good this year. If anyone is interested I will be skiing this summer off and on through July. If it remains good I might get a few runs in August and Sept as well.

Mark
post #6 of 19
Again, I ask ya, Jeff, Why Are We Here?
post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by Queen B:
Again, I ask ya, Jeff, Why Are We Here?
As a wise woman said to me a few weeks ago.......
MOOOOooooove!!!! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #8 of 19
Vail SnoPro

can you give some indication of how busy vail gets during christmas. I know it will be busy - but are we talking 15 min wait at all lifts?

also in a "typical year" is the whole mountain open by about dec 20th?

thanks in advance
post #9 of 19
Bear Valley up in Norcal shut down today...and, beleive it or not, the snow was still coming down in light flurries.
It was a pretty good season for us, too. We had some massive accumulation early in the season which saw us through 'til the end. A couple of epic powder days came and went and now I won't be skiing for another six or seven months. Surreal indeed, especially considering that this was my first year as an instructor as well as the first year that I had skiied more than five days in the space of one season. I can't wait 'til next year.
Now, if only I could find a good outta the way spot to stash all of that equipment I collected over the winter....
post #10 of 19
End of the season is always quite weird. This is the first time I haven't been around for closing day. I've learned the hard way, and arranged to be out as soon as the magic "be here until" date came. It's funny how one day, everything is normal, the people you work with are all there. And then the next day, they are gone, their stuff is gone, the locker room is all deserted and bare.
I can't imagine what people did before email! At least now you can keep in touch, or at least say the goodbyes you didn't get a chance to in person.
post #11 of 19
Maddog, I'd agree to ski with you, but I'm still not convinced you exist!

We still have 2 weeks to go at Meadows.
post #12 of 19
This was a bad year for me Sue. After the end of April things will slow up some. Helen will run her last marathon for a while and we will probably ski weekends until water ski season takes hold in mid June.

I'll let you know when I head up skiing.

Mark
post #13 of 19
I was there on Friday Rick. Blue Sky Basin was very nice and some of the front side was ok but the rest was mush. Apre Ski at Bart and Yehti's was very nice though. All in all, Vail was very kind to us this year with many good days and fond memories.
post #14 of 19
Lisamarie, Does all this mean that the fit lady has swung....to other points of the compass?
post #15 of 19
Quote:
posted by Lisamarie:
As a wise woman said to me a few weeks ago.......
MOOOOooooove!!!!
The "wise woman" you speak of evidently has a Reluctant Spouse!!!!

I'd gladly go any day...
post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by whitney:
Vail SnoPro

can you give some indication of how busy vail gets during christmas. I know it will be busy - but are we talking 15 min wait at all lifts?

also in a "typical year" is the whole mountain open by about dec 20th?

thanks in advance
Not trying to hijack this thread, but thinking about ski lengths and what we used to ski on in the 'good old days', and Whitney's comments about a 15 minute wait for the lift (which I'm assuming Whitney feels is a loooonnnngg wait), reminds me that in the 'bad old days', a 15 minute wait in the lift line at Vail was an increadibly light crowd. My recollection of Vail from those days was a 20 minute wait was standard and 45 minutes in the queue, especially getting out of Mid-Vail on a weekend, was not at all unusual! Thank God for high speed quads!
post #17 of 19
One more week of work at Breck....wishing that Iwas on a river.
Just stick a fork in me.

CDC
post #18 of 19
Well, believe it or not Sundat River is still open. They are only running one lift-Barker Chair, but in the mornings the conditions aren't too bad. Of course, slush grows in the afternoon. Hey, there's not much variety, but at least I'm still turning. They say are are going to try to hold out until May 1. I have my doubts, but we'll see. I'll ski until I can't any more. I know it is soon.
post #19 of 19
[quote]Does all this mean that the fit lady has swung....to other points of the compass? /QUOTE]

Yes indeed! We're about 2 months away from opening day in Oz, although the autumn temperatures here are very warm and the whole southeast is in the grip of severe drought.

In spite of that we have committed to bookings at our Club lodge for 13 or so weekends plus at least one week so we should get our regular 30- 35 days in this season. Combined with the 20-odd days we got in Utah and Wyoming this February this has the potential for a great year if the snow arrives on schedule! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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