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With December 24 and 25 coming in ytd with 150 inches of snowfall including a mid mountain depth of 51 inches for both mountains; skiing on Christmas was a great present for us.

A little cat and mouse with Betsy coming down Beav’s Grouse Mtn Lift on Raven Ridge moving onto Ptarmigan run:




Friend Paul dropping yet another smooth line down Ptarmigan:




Betsy follows:



Red Tail Camp with Larkspur, Birds of Prey and Grouse Mtn lifts converging:



Christmas Eve at Vail; some lights:



A Christmas first for me; negotiating for that barrel of brandy around St. Bernard’s neck:


Bazzer, our new bear friend in from Miami here at Belles Camp. Bazzer posted up recently on “getting together” forum and found a few bears more than willing to share a ski at Vail. Great guy, wonderful skier and had a keen understanding of Vail. We look forward to his next visit. Skiing back in BSB:






COSkiGirl found at Two Elk during lunch and joined us for the afternoon:



Bazzer on cruise control:



A Merry Christmas indeed. Everyone have a great New Year skiing!
post #2 of 15
Looks great Don! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
post #3 of 15
Don,
Happy Holidays back at you & yours!
Looks Nice! Real Nice!!
Will be tearing it up at the Mighty Cooper in the am, Copper on Sun!
Hope to catch up will all you Wild & Crazies, soon!
Peace on Earth & all that other stuff!
post #4 of 15
Don, it was so fantastic to meet up with you and Betsy!!! Thanks so much for taking a few photos and showing me some new favorite runs. Can't wait to meet up again.
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Hi DonDenver.
Just got home in the wee hours. Great to meet you, Betsy, and a small mob of Bears. Wonderful to find some delightful company and skilled ski companions. I'll try and post a TR when I've got some time. Got to catch up with business and domesticity after 10 day absence. Snow stayed great for the entirety of my 9 days on the mountain.

Ride home was uneventful with highlight being a visit with an old friend in Golden who took us to Casa Bonita. My son and I know of the place from an episode of South Park, but did not believe that such a joint could actually exist.

BTW, Bazzer Jr. is now under the drill at the endodontist's office, and should be good to go for tonight's Bacchinalia. Prescribed meds kept him loopy and off the hill for the duration of our stay, but he's a trooper and will get back to it when we return in February.

Happy, healthy New Year to all.
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... will get back to it when we return in February.
Great snow and skiing with a Casa Bonita visit added in now back in the warm waters with a return in February. Does your vacation really ever end..


Unfortunate that Bazzer Jr. began the New Year with an endo visit but glad that the problem was found and fixed. Betsy and I spent the 31st and New Year’s Day skiing the Beav with friends. We’re determined to get you over there for a Talons Challenge in February. For now; swim well, we’ll be skiing soon.
post #7 of 15
My sentiments exactly - looks really nice with that boot-top pow everywhere!

Love the dog with the barrel on the collar too!
post #8 of 15
Nice pics Betsy & Don,
Glad to see that toe is on the mend.
It's 60 degrees in KY. Not a lot of snow!
Happy New Year
Gary
post #9 of 15
some really lovely pics, thanks for posting, looks fantastic
post #10 of 15
Those last 8 photos look like super conditions! Where abouts was it? What is 'BSB' short for??

We're heading to Colorado at the end of Jan and hopefully we'll find some stuff like from your photos!

Joe
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[quote=TangoFiver;1031020]Those last 8 photos look like super conditions! Where abouts was it? What is 'BSB' short for??

Blue Sky Basin. The most remote section of Vail. Usually the last part of the resort to open in the AM, and the first to close. Takes a little time to get to, but there are hardly ever long lift lines, and there is some wonderful terrain for intermediate and stronger skiers. A few steeps, lots of trees, bumps, and at least one groomer each day. Beautiful place to be, especially on a clear day.
post #12 of 15
Ah right, thanks Bazzer

We've got a day at either Beaver Creek or Vail, initially I was more tempted by BC, but after seeing those photos i'm not so sure...

Joe
post #13 of 15

Best trip report in the business!!!!!!!!!

Don and Betsy,

Looked like tons of fun, I spent yesterday skiing in the rain from 9-4:30 pm
and had a ball. Of course I have never been sane! Great trip report.

Just booked air travel will be in CO from april 9-19. Maybe we can hook up.

Mark
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..We've got a day at either Beaver Creek or Vail, initially I was more tempted by BC, but after seeing those photos i'm not so sure...
Joe: the Beav has WC downhill pitch, some thick glade and steep chutes…Vail has broad sweeps of endless bowls, countless hidden pockets and with all it's expanse, a couple of weather zones. Yes, with only a day to slide it’s a tough choice . Good travel..we'll see you out here.
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Just booked air travel will be in CO from april 9-19. Maybe we can hook up.
Count on that Mark.
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Man-o-man, you make a girl drool :
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