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Vail, January 23-26, 30"

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Left Washington D.C./Dulles around 9:00pm on the 22nd, arrived in Vail at 3:30am on the 23rd (5:30am eastern time).

23rd: A few inches of powder but really hard bumps underneath, everywhere. Didn't get much sleep so the bumps took their toll on me. The Siberia Bowl was the best spot, sans the cat track at the bottom. Constant snow and low visibility all day.

24th: A reported 9" but felt like much more. Still bumps underneath, but nice lines were to be had in the bowls and Blue Sky. Again, constant snow and low visibility. Cold and windy, a little crowded.

25th: A reported 10" but felt like up to 18" if you knew where to look. Wind drifts as deep as your chest. It was sunny, too! And because it was Monday, the crowds remained minimal all day. Got in the 5th chair up Skyline Express for fresh tracks in Blue Sky. In the afternoon it got cloudy again with flurries but overall it was a great day. Dragon's Teeth was great for bombing cliffs well into the afternoon; few people were hitting it so there was untouched 12" snow at the bottom of the cliffs all day.













I got some more photos too if you guys want to see them.

I was riding on K2 Public Enemies which I absolutely love (not sure why... I like how they 'pop' out of every turn... makes skiing really fun, especially on groomers) and my new Atomic Bent Chetlers. The BC's are obviously powder skis with 121mm underfoot. The rocker was effective and the softness of the skis made powder much less of a leg workout. I'm the one in the plaid from top to bottom.

One thing that bothered me about Vail was how flat the runs are. I would assume that a black run would be sufficiently steep for nice, flowing powder turns, but many of the "black runs" were too flat for my liking. In powder I would often times spend too much time straight-lining it for enough speed to get some turns going. Most double-blacks had great pitch, but single-blacks I felt were a little overrated.

Peace

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Wow looks amazing!! Too bad I'm stuck in NY.
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Yeah, that's Vail. You need to know where to look for the best terrain and snow. 
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Vail 24th - 27th, boy am I glad we went.  Almost bailed due to lack of frozen water.  I would have been disappointed!

Pictures above display really great snow conditions almost mountain wide.  Even managed Riva Ridge day after grooming as a rocket run (8 minutes down tells you it was first days skiing this season and I'm not as strong as I'd like).

Hope to get another few days end of February.  Pray for snow!
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nie pow, not an expert on Vail but there are much steeper lines there- BUT, how can you complain about those shots!  :)  Good skiing!
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 Sweeeet!
Thanks for sharin!
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I got some more photos too if you guys want to see them.

One thing that bothered me about Vail was how flat the runs are. I would assume that a black run would be sufficiently steep for nice, flowing powder turns, but many of the "black runs" were too flat for my liking. In powder I would often times spend too much time straight-lining it for enough speed to get some turns going. Most double-blacks had great pitch, but single-blacks I felt were a little overrated.

Peace


Great ski share and yes...more pictures please

Love Vail but while Vail is fantastic for many reasons it is disappointing for but a few.   You hit on a key one IMO; 'straight-lining' for lack of steeper pitch on blower days.  Vail does have a number of spots with enough ‘umph’ but the pathways to them as well as the runs themselves are choked up or matted out quickly by those who know.   Next time out on a good powder day I’d meet up with you at Vail’s neighbor.  Although they did not get the snow Vail did during your stay and even on a blower day would not be mistaken for LCC--it’s all the pitch needed including foliage & ledges for interest with any turn shape you want speeding in the powder [and the added bonus of no lines interrupting your pace]. 

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