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Beaver Creek & Breckenridge weekend

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A bright Saturday morning has us running over to Beav’s Rose Bowl and a run or three down the soft of both Web and Spider.

Mr. Vertical:




Betsy:






afternoon comes next...
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afternoon at the Beav...

With noon lighting going flat we headed off to Royal Elk and BlackBear glades with better contrast found amongst the trees.

I like the opens that give your legs a stretch after a long bout of sticks down Royal Elk glade:



At long end you hit the gas making a few last turns to the run out back over to Grouse Mtn. lift:


A clear sign that Mr. Vertical is missing something in BlackBear Glade:


Found it…and bonus…within reach!



With limbs and skis accounted for…Betsy finds her next line of attack and is quickly out of sight:



Mr. Vertical and I near the conclusion of BlackBear glade:





Mtn staff applies some color to the Talons Challenge sculpture at Red tail camp. A great day at the Beav...off next to Breck:
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Breckenridge..

Tsavo throws out the “come ski with me ” pose:


Friend Gaye joined us:


Betsy, Gaye and Katy gather themselves before they launch off on an “arch ‘em and spark ‘em” end-of-day run down lower Peak 8. Seriously; by the time I dropped the camera back into my pocket the girls were off the radar screen. Safe to say they left me standing still :






Highlight of the day was assisting the instructor and her bomber group up a chair ride. I was lucky enough to escort the Little Girl in the lower left of the photo:


A sample of our conversation during the ride up :

Don: Are you a good skier?
LG: You haf to ski with me and then you’ll know.

Don: So, your new Lange boots and Atomic skis were Christmas presents…were they your favorite gifts this Christmas?
LG: Really… no…but please don’t tell my parents because they think they were my favorite.

LG: Don…
Don: Yes…
LG: I like your name.

LG: Have you ever wondered what life would be like without snow?
Don: Yes. I would miss it. How do you feel?
LG: I really haven’t thought about it that much. I’m still young.
Don: [laughing] Well, maybe you need more time.
LG: What I do know is that everyone needs heater packs…like the ones in my mittens [holding both hands up to my face] see?!...in the very tip of my finguhs
Don: That would be a good idea…to make sure everyone has heater packs.
LG: Yes. They would be happy thinking about the snow.

Yes. Perhaps the most delightful, inspiring and insightful chairlift conversation I’ve had. She was awesome!

Have a great next ski and lift ride discussion..
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Hey Don, sorry I couldn't make it over to meet up with you! I was having my own insightful conversations with a 5 year old while babysitting post wedding while watching Cars. Seriously, the conversations I have with the kids I coach on chairlifts are some of the best conversations I've ever had. I would highly recommend to anyone who gets asked to help a group up the lift to take the opportunity. You never know what brilliance you'll come away with.
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Don: So, your new Lange boots and Atomic skis were Christmas presents…were they your favorite gifts this Christmas?
LG: Really… no…but please don’t tell my parents because they think they were my favorite.


I need to take a lift up with a 4 year old!
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I need to take a lift up with a 4 year old!


I have one you can borrow....she can ski pretty well but she talks alot
post #7 of 16
Don:

Wonderful pics!

Looks like the whole group skis with finesse.

Those soft, billowy bumps are perfect - fun to smear around on!

The LG conversation reminds of my daughter as a tot. They tell it like it is.

We did Vail on Sunday - not as fresh as Saturday, but still plenty of soft pockets.

Would have loved to have stayed-over today. The Bowls must have been fabulous.
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I need to take a lift up with a 4 year old!
Come ski with me then. The bears that I have skied with know what Betsy has known for years...I AM a 4 year old

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I have one you can borrow....she can ski pretty well but she talks alot
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The LG conversation reminds of my daughter as a tot. They tell it like it is.
Reminds me what all Dad’s come to find; every daughter is cute. Then they grow up . Yup; Boys and Bills.

While I sure love my 23 and 18 year old daughters..

..do I ever miss simpler conversations [like I had Sunday on the lift] when they were each 4

[Say…where is that “Dads & their Daughters” thread]
post #9 of 16
Looks very nice on the slopes!

Just after a bit of insider info, i'm looking at the trail map for Beaver Creek, is it possible to ski down the BlackBear Glades to the area boundary, then go along the boundary get back to where it meets the Bald Eagle

http://beavercreek.snow.com/media/sw...Zoom/index.asp

Just a bit diffucult to tell on the map, and don't want to drop too far down and have to hike back up again!

Cheers,

Joe
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Great Pics

Those are two great TR's. I need to go explore Beaver Creek some more. I am getting my two little "rippers" up on ski's now. It's a hoot. Pizza!!! French Fries... No no no ... slow down....PIZZAAAAAA!!!!! Extra Cheese!!
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Those are two great TR's. I need to go explore Beaver Creek some more. I am getting my two little "rippers" up on ski's now. It's a hoot. Pizza!!! French Fries... No no no ... slow down....PIZZAAAAAA!!!!! Extra Cheese!!
Hey! Have you been listening to me on the slopes? Although I'm usually saying "no pizza I want fries! You are not allowed to bomb straight down the mountain in a pizza!"
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Looks very nice on the slopes!

Just after a bit of insider info, i'm looking at the trail map for Beaver Creek, is it possible to ski down the BlackBear Glades to the area boundary, then go along the boundary get back to where it meets the Bald Eagle

Just a bit diffucult to tell on the map, and don't want to drop too far down and have to hike back up again!

Cheers,

Joe
No worries Joe. Both Royal Elk and BlackBear take a fast run out without any boot steps back up. You’ll skirt Bald Eagle as you make the ride out eventually spilling you onto Red Tail Camp area with Grouse Mtn Lift on your immediate left, Larkspur on your down left or Birds of Prey on your down ahead.

My take:
For Royal Elk glade; exit right off the top of Grouse for entry. While many folks will take a long traverse near the boundary's end before dropping down, some of the best tracks are found almost immediately dropping in after entry. While the trees are tighter and with more pitch right off the track it’s a road less traveled. Do this after a good snowfall and make a couple of laps to figure your line.

For BlackBear glade; we will often rip down Bald Eagle and enter at a couple points. BlackBear has a number of nice lines with some fast and deep treewell sweeps that develop around the more popular line’s. With heavy traffic tracking out new snowfall you’ll often need to watch for some stumps up top on the steeper pitch and look carefully at a couple of lines in some of the open patches where what appears to be a pillow is actually a rock head. However, you’ll figure this all out and soon fine your best lines after a few passes. Oh, and I highly recommend skiing both these glades with a friend as all this inbounds area is deceptively large and at times dense in some spots. If solo and new to the glades, take a whistle and introduce yourself to patrol in the hut at the top of Grouse lift. They do a clean sweep at end of day
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I need to go explore Beaver Creek some more...
Holler when you come out
post #14 of 16
Don,
Nice report!, Will need some 8x12 of the of the Bear attack that I encountered with the Snoops for next years Holidays cards.
At least we could smile through it!
As always a pleasure skiing with Betsy & you. Sure was some nice stuff!!! The Beav just keeps moving up on my list!
Sorry we missed Sunday, somebody had to be the chaperone at Copper, along with the cook & maid, think they they were looking for room service, but still good kids, to bad for them, their all boarders!Still had a good day with the Boys, just a little to much Park Time!
Only Jan, and it just gets better every weekend!
Thanks for another Great Day!
Looking foward to the next rendezvous!
Also note, I see why you keep Your girls away from my sons, sure got some lookers there!
post #15 of 16
Don, great info there, many thanks!

If anyone sees 5 Brits stuck in the trees give us a wave! (should be between 9th-13th Feb

Joe
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"Mtn staff applies some color to the Talons Challenge sculpture at Red tail camp."

Was dude peeing on that sculpture to color it yellow like that?

Glad to see y'all getting some (i've been getting some, but mostly refrozen moonscape, WC Ice, and terra firma groomers).

Danke for the stokely-dokely.

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