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Lovin' it at Loveland - 30 Nov 08

post #1 of 12
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So, this weekend is going to stick in my memory as one of the best times skiing I have ever had. Friday and Saturday I skied with my wife at ABasin (the drive back on Saturday was horrific of course) and then Sunday I hooked up with Greg from BentGate and his son and went to Loveland. Sunday was a massive and wonderful surprise.

We got to Loveland just after opening and it was snowing and blowing pretty hard. We got suited up and headed up the hill about 9:30 to find that there was boot deep powder all over the place. I don't know how much has been open at Loveland up until now, but there was a fair selection of runs (no idea what the names were) to choose from. The top was getting close to a white out with ~20 yard visibility all day and it was really cold; I now understand why Loveland's lines stay shorter than other places. We started doing powder laps and I now also understand why people who can deal with the cold and wind decide to go there. The snow on the runs was boot to knee deep and with all the snow coming down and blowing, lines would fill back in in about 15 minutes.

At lunch I switched from my Nordica Afterburners to a pair of Icelantic Shamans from the Icelantic demo tent and now I understand (3rd new understanding of the day) the joy of fat boards. By this point a lot of people had gone home and it was snowing even harder. It seemed like we were skiing fresh lines almost every run. All day in the trees we found fresh stashes up to thigh deep that hadn't had a track through them yet and many of the places where there were tracks, the tracks were largely filled back in. It was Greg's son's 3rd day ever on tele gear but he kept asking to go back in the trees...it was like being in a snowy cathedral with the quietness and grandeur of the towering, snow-covered evergreens. On the lifts we were all babbling and giggling like little school girls. I'm getting goosebumps just writing about it...

Greg got a few pictures and some video to commemorate the day. Here are the pics...I'm hoping to snarf the video from him too.

Almost perfect skiing conditions:


A very happy Wannabe on the lift:


Greg's son was really good on the tele gear...if I could be that good right after hopping on it, I'd definitely give tele a shot.


Me in the trees:


Greg's son in the trees:


Greg finding yet another fresh line:


Greg's son:



So yeah...it was a wonderful day. As I said to Greg, "I couldn't be any happier." To which he said, "What if they opened up more terrain?" Hmmm...I had to think about that...but in the end I think I really had reached a state of maximal happiness.
post #2 of 12
Looks great. I'll be there in a few weeks.
post #3 of 12
Thanks for the photos. I was at Loveland Sunday too and it was one of my top days - couldn't believe the calendar said November. I love freshies
post #4 of 12
Great report...
My wife and i thought real hard about going up...
But the wind chill kept us at home...
We regretted that about 2 hours later.....
Next time there will be no staying home...
post #5 of 12
Thanks for the update and pics. You describe some of the same reasons why I **LOVE** Loveland.

I'll be there in 12 days!
post #6 of 12
Nice! Thanks for the stoke
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Originally Posted by rspacher View Post
Great report...
My wife and i thought real hard about going up...
But the wind chill kept us at home...
We regretted that about 2 hours later.....
Next time there will be no staying home...
No no...stay home. More for me. Seriously though, it was really great and as nomadpat said, it was hard to believe it was still November. Now I'm wishing I had gotten a Loveland pass before prices went up.
post #8 of 12
Oh wow talk about kicking myself in the shins for not going out that weekend. Hopefully there will be some still left by next... but that is probably just wishful thinking
post #9 of 12
Fun stuff that...thanks for bringing the day this way.
post #10 of 12
That is awesome... one of my favorite powder days ever was a similar day at Loveland (I actually wrote about it in the book)... those days when you can ski anywhere are amazing. Thanks for sharing it!
post #11 of 12
I was there, too- wasn't it great?!!
post #12 of 12
Awesome! Great early season stoke....Thanks!
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