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post #1 of 11
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I'll be in Colorado next Thursday for 5 days and will be skiing 3 days, one of which will be at ABasin. From those of you who have been skiing around Summit County, who has the most runs open and the best snow coverage? How about The Jane? Anybody been there?
post #2 of 11
I'ved been out of town for over a week, but when I left, Breck had the most variety with a couple of runs open with natural snow (alibiet on the flatter side) while Keystone (or possiblly Copper) had the most verticle.  Copper and Breck seemed relatively close to being able to open additional terrain (w/ a modest amount of extra snow), but my thinking at Breck was that more and more rocks/tree tops would have to be avoided on the natural terrain until they got more snow (which I think they got a bit of last weekend). 
post #3 of 11
went to breck last Sunday -- decent number of runs for this time of year, but all peak 8, so more crowded then i like at the base. 

Keystone is likely this Friday.  If you hit their websites and go to "snow report" there is a hotlink to bring up the annotated daily run maps for what is open.  On K'stone it appears all on Dercum, none of the back mountain runs open yet.  I don't look beyond those as we ski with summit passes. 
post #4 of 11
Aspen Mountain opens today with top to bottom on the gondi,  two chairs up top and  Women's World Cup this weekend!
post #5 of 11
Skied the Basin today and Keystone Sun/Mon. Basin has top to bottom, one run at the top, couple of options on the lower parts. Keystone has three ways off the top and the River Run side or the cat trail down to Peru which opened today. All man made but decent conditions.  It's supposed to warm up a lot the next couple of days.  With the crowds look for hardpack.
post #6 of 11
Here are the goods for up here.  Quite honestly, I feel sad for our American friends who booked their long weekend at Whistler based on the expectation that there would be bottomless powder to shred.
Unfortunately - that fell apart yesterday afternoon, when the freezing level started moving up and went up to near the top last night - essentially turning all the 17 feet of fresh snow from the past couple of weeks to concrete on most the mountain.  The exception being the top of 7th heaven and the Horstman glacier area, where it's been snowing all along.
At the moment, the snow line is dropping back down toward mid-mountain.  By the time the thanksgiving weekend starts tomorrow morning, there should be about 8 inches of fresh on the upper half of the mountains.  In a nutshell, the groomed slopes should be fantastic, and off-piste at the very top you might find some deeper stuff.
Having said that - I'm sure the folks on this thread from Colorado will be thinking, "there ya go, raining in Whistler as usual!"  Well, the reality is, we've got 3 days of sunshine in the forecast - so all is not lost.  It's just unfortunate that the one storm that decided to be warm (as opposed to the last 10 colder storms) to roll through here would arrive just before U.S. the holiday weekend.
And in the last 24 years that I've been here, I've found it to be rare for rain events to happen in the alpine. 
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Anybody been skiing?

what about Loveland or copper?
post #8 of 11
I skied Copper Saturday and Breck yesterday.  There isn't much terrain open at either -- almost all of it manmade, with the occasional opening of something more interesting for an hour or so.  As noted earlier, Breck has more variety, but Copper has top to bottom.  Personally, I think Breck was more interesting because of the larger number of runs open.  Coverage is good as long as you stay out of the few bumps.

We need snow.

Mike
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Aspen Mountain opens today with top to bottom on the gondi,  two chairs up top and  Women's World Cup this weekend!

Did you catch the women's world cup!?
I watched it on TV.   Poor Lindsey Vonn.  
With the ice-ish conditions on the course, I'm impressed with the finishes.  Can't imagine what goes through your head at those speeds on that kind of snow.

It would be great to see some significant snow in the next weeks for all of that area.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

I skied Copper Saturday and Breck yesterday.  There isn't much terrain open at either -- almost all of it manmade, with the occasional opening of something more interesting for an hour or so.  As noted earlier, Breck has more variety, but Copper has top to bottom.  Personally, I think Breck was more interesting because of the larger number of runs open.  Coverage is good as long as you stay out of the few bumps.

We need snow.

Mike
 

Thanks Mike. That's what I was looking for. I'll be at ABasin Saturday if anyone wants to take a few runs.
post #11 of 11
I have been skiing Loveland exclusively since I have been doing Masters race training there. I have passes elsewhere but have not been anywhere else. I am also interested in the hearing about the actual conditions at other areas and not just how many runs are open (i.e. are there bare spots, rocks, etc.). Loveland had some bare spots and small rocks on the surface which it almost never does early season. I had to have my race skis tuned again already. I attribute this to the early opening and then a long warm spell during which some of the base melted. How are the surface conditions at other resorts? The latest snowpack maps show the Colorade river drainage (I-70 resorts) at 65% normal snowpack (61% statewide) which is consistent with relatively the little amount of terrain open this year. This could all change of course with one or two big snowfalls.

ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/CO/Snow/snow/watershed/daily/co_update_snow.pdf
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