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Already missing the Rockies and of course it is in the 70's today. Can you say jonesin' in a big way???
We had awesome conditions at Breck: Powder and bluebird conditions. The first three days it snowed hard...over 18 inches total. Great powder , although I made a jump and my ankle started cursing me.....we skied up top with snow to our knees and I fell a couple of times because of putting more pressure on my right leg (favoring the good leg, I guess). Also, I came out of my new AC3's when I was doing a hard turn on another run. Same thing happened at JH (which never has happened with my old Salomon Xscreams) so we went to the bottom and the goober at the ski shop at home (that is what we get for letting a local do it) had set my bindings on 5. SHITE! So we put them to 7.5 and no other probs out of them.
We skied at Keystone Wed. nite when the temps came up and the sun came out, but we only skied about 2 1/2 hours before everyone was wanting to drink and warm up. Kudos to the saloon at Mtn Lodge.
Also, had a great meal at Big Horn Steakhouse in the Keystone Lodge and Spa. Great game platter of venison sirlion, bison tenderloin and pheasant sausage. I love game!
The skiing off the Imperial Express and T Bar was fantastic. Most of the deeper powder was there. Peak 7 had some good skiing too as did Chair 6.
We went to Beaver Creek for the first time and loved it (Thurs). Great black runs and moguls(some included Loco, Spider, Harrier, Ripsaw). Did not get to do Birds of Prey as it was Thursday and it had not been groomed in several days and had some icy spots. But, the mountain and village (free cookies and acoustic band at the end of the day was a bonus) itself was awesome. We will go back. Lots more to explore there.
Being the beer affionados that we are, we found some more good ones: Two were Laughing Lab and Agave Wheat. Made marguaritas too. There is a new tequila developed by a couple of CO natives called Muchote that we tried to find (was told it would be there) without luck. Anyone tried it yet??? If you don't want to make your own or buy a bottle, Mi Casa's offers some fine tequila and 'ritas(we ate at the Breck location) and good interesting menu too.
We had two interesting things happen while there. One was that we lost a friend on a run who skied all the way into town after making a wrong turn and the other was that another guy with us picked up a bag that did not belong to him (the owner was heading to Aspen). He tried unsuccessfully to get it there alll week. The bag is now affectionately known as Flat Stanley because it went so many places (including BC and Keystone) before ending up at the Budget Car Rental and with its rightful owner when we returned to the airport on go home.
All in all it was a SUPER trip (twelve of us total) with no luggage delays, major injuries or altitude probs. Hate to be back. And of course, looking forward to the next trip!
Here are some pics at a lesser known website: