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post #1 of 31
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Jan 29th, 30th at Vail and the 31st at Loveland.  

Friday’s posse shot out of a cannon included vail snopro, Uncle Louie, Cgeib and Betsy:


From top to bottom, back and front of Vail skied well with a 39" mid, 16 F at top with a sunny sky. 

[We were “shot out of a cannon” Friday since vail snopro had us all signed up ready to start our day running some NASTAR gates for team Epic Ski.  Yup…Ric knows only one speed to ski and the NASTAR gates right off the bat serve as your warm up  ]

Betsy took a picture of the boys lined up on the last run of the day you’ll notice VSP's NASTAR weapons slung over his shoulder:

  

On Saturday at Vail we lost vail snopro due to his clients but did add the lovely Lgeib to the posse:

 

I snapped various shots while at Vail and even at a pretty good distance away I think you can still notice their enthusiasm:

Betsy

  

Cgeib

 

Uncle Louie


vail snopro
 

vail snopro flying by Cgeib and Uncle Louie on his way down back in BSB:







Betsy:


Uncle Louie:


Saturday...

Cgeib:


Betsy:


Uncle Louie flipping his Tiger Shark Switch:


Check out these L'rippers rock'n.  Too fast for our posse :




Sunday...

Loveland had fantastic variable snow conditions with a reported 41” mid along with sunny skies.   Some leading storm winds did cause us to abandon 9’s ridge and pitch by 1:30 where we finished off the day protected on 1. 

Here looking from 8 over to the top of 1:


Remaining shots come from Loveland.  [edit...*]Here I’m coming down near Perfect Bowl off 4:


Looking over at Marmot & Field of dreams:


Looking down at Zippity Split heading to 4:


9:


Peering up at the span of Jelly Roll and Castle Rock:


Wild Child and Porcupine Saddle:
 


...Vail and Loveland may claim a different experience and are separated by a couple of mountain passes; but they both skied equally well on the last days of January 2010.  A great time.

[*Loveland location edit...]
 


Edited by DonDenver - 2/1/10 at 2:29pm
post #2 of 31
Goodnes sakes alive.!!!

The word Terrain comes to mind.

Thanks for posting those photos. LOVELAND>!!!!!
post #3 of 31
 Nice, Thanks for sharing!
Wish I were there.......ahhhh, maybe I'll see you in a week or two, eh?
post #4 of 31
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 Nice, Thanks for sharing!
Wish I were there.......ahhhh, maybe I'll see you in a week or two, eh?

Did I miss something posted with dates, times & locations?  It would be great to see you out here TC...

post #5 of 31
 Thanks for sharing Don.  I'm ready to come back out.
post #6 of 31
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Goodnes sakes alive.!!!

The word Terrain comes to mind.

...LOVELAND>!!!!!

Which hill gets my vote for the best terrain on a given day [Summit/Eagle counties]   My choices have Beaver Creek, A-Basin & Loveland always in mind.  The horseshoe skis broader than A-Basin with as many options if you want to hike up around rope and while it does not have anything named ‘Pali’ it does have ‘Over the Rainbow’ which when fully bumped can be very impressive.  Loveland certainly can’t compete with the expanse of the Beav but it is easier from the lot and a hell of a lot cheaper and despite Beav’s scale lacks for nothing save the glades & chutes.  Did I mention you boot up at the car and walk only a few rows with two waiting lifts a few yards apart?!  Did I mention it’s on the East side of the tunnel on a Sunday?   Did I mention when you jump off 9 and head left with steam you can really fly off the long cornice that forms up? You made a good observation as Loveland gets my vote



 

post #7 of 31
Looks like you had some good days (at least weather-wise, if not on the snow front).

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9:

Some of those tracks in bottom-left foreground are probably ours from Saturday. :-)
post #8 of 31
Nice pics Don! We'll be out there in March-gotta nail the dates down. The original plan was to go out and incorporate the NASTAR nationals into the trip, but my wife has a conference she has to do just before them.
post #9 of 31
Don- it was a pleasure once again to ski with you and Betsy (and Chris/Greg). I promise I'll try harder to keep up with you guys next time... ;) 
And I have to ask- what is it about your camera which seems to make me look so darned FAT???  hahaha

Seriously- I hope that some of our discussions helped you out! Keep working on it!
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Which hill gets my vote for the best terrain on a given day [Summit/Eagle counties]   My choices have Beaver Creek, A-Basin & Loveland always in mind.  The horseshoe skis broader than A-Basin with as many options if you want to hike up around rope and while it does not have anything named ‘Pali’ it does have ‘Over the Rainbow’ which when fully bumped can be very impressive.  Loveland certainly can’t compete with the expanse of the Beav but it is easier from the lot and a hell of a lot cheaper and despite Beav’s scale lacks for nothing save the glades & chutes.  Did I mention you boot up at the car and walk only a few rows with two waiting lifts a few yards apart?!  Did I mention it’s on the East side of the tunnel on a Sunday?   Did I mention when you jump off 9 and head left with steam you can really fly off the long cornice that forms up? You made a good observation as Loveland gets my vote



 


Sweet!
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Did I miss something posted with dates, times & locations?  It would be great to see you out here TC...


Mr TC is thinking we need to take a quick trip to Colorado either this week or next week, but we haven't nailed anything down yet.
He's also bugging me to get in touch with Bumpfreaq to get him to go on a road trip with him and the boyz!
post #12 of 31
 Hey TC.
Drag yourself and the Mr out to Colorado. You do indeed need to do this. If you can get yourself out to Vail while I'm around, (see the thread that I posted in the meeting up forums,) the first round is on me.

Produce Bumpfreaq, and the first two rounds are on me.
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Some of those tracks in bottom-left foreground are probably ours from Saturday. :-)

 

I just knew it!  On the lift up I commented to Betsy; “Look, that’s Faisal’s signature…maybe a little Noodler penmanship to the right as well!”   

   


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I just knew it!  On the lift up I commented to Betsy; “Look, that’s Faisal’s signature…maybe a little Noodler penmanship to the right as well!”   

   


Haha.  It was Noodler, myself, and another buddy of ours -- great untracked pow, but a LOT of rock-hopping to get there.  We should ski together sometime.  Noodler and I are usually at Loveland one day of the weekend. I'm also out a few times during the week usually.
post #15 of 31
 You guys do have beautiful signatures!
post #16 of 31

Looks like nice skiing with some of the bears.  Nice terrain, i love the cornince drop shot...  Hoping the boat delivers next week.

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Nice pics Don! We'll be out there in March-gotta nail the dates down. The original plan was to go out and incorporate the NASTAR nationals into the trip, but my wife has a conference she has to do just before them.

Good to read you’re heading out John and it would be great to link up. 

IIRC you spoke of your participation in NASTAR when last we rode a lift.  I now find particular interest and see value with NASTAR participation improving our free skiing. 

 vail snopro took all of us [me kicking and screaming] right to the NASTAR Vail course setup  near 2 and had us work through some runs first thing.

[Betsy and Lgeib at Vail NASTAR course finish line]

 

Damn I hate to admit it but not only did I have fun but VSP has such an incredible eye for fine detail making clear quick suggestions right on the spot that knocked seconds [seemed like minutes] off my very next run.  Hell, he had Betsy leap from a Silver to Gold in only her second run...of her first time ever skiing a NASTAR course! 

Good stuff.  Perhaps we can get on a course with you when you’re out here

post #18 of 31
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...I promise I'll try harder to keep up with you guys next time... ;) 

..Seriously- I hope that some of our discussions helped you out! Keep working on it!

For goodness sakes man…do you ever slow down and just admire the scenery with friends?!

I worked the next couple of day’s incorporating the ‘moments of release’ as well as getting my ‘lazy pole’ out forward and much quicker.  Betsy commented she really noticed those improvements [oh crap…did I really just type that  ]

  Ok…Ok…Okay;  not another word said.

On the sane side of the family we all noticed Betsy’s improvement with edge pressure along with opening up that inside knee.  Your suggestions really took hold for her.  While at a good distance away I think you’ll notice it here:   

 

Great time skiing Ric.  See you out there in a short.

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Sweet!
 

Bumpfreaq!!!

We’ve shared some outstanding bump moments/stories along with Uncle Louie and Mr. Vertical while riding a cold chair or two recently.  We’d like to see you out again soon.

Now who wouldn’t want to ski with this guy at first site?

post #20 of 31
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vail snopro flying by Cgeib and Uncle Louie on his way down back in BSB:


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. I promise I'll try harder to keep up with you guys next time... ;) 
 

Had a few schemes regarding means of "keeping up" with Vailsnopro on the hill.

 

Plan A)

Step 1. Infuse VSP's morning beverage with a hefty dose of Valium

Step 2. Distract him while your accomplice smears a hefty mass of quick-set epoxy to his hind quarters just prior to boarding a chair lift.

Step 3. Bolt a set of crampons to his ski bases.

 

My son and I actually tried these tactics over X-mas break. They didn't work.

 

Plan B)

VSP told me that if I insisted on bringing my fat skis to the hill, he would be sure to stay behind me. (He explained that he had serious doubts about my ability to turn or stop.) So, the next morning, (even though there was not much in the way of fresh, I couldn't wait to get on my new Goats for the first time,) I showed up with my wide rides, my usual ski-day glee, and the wild hope that I might actually get down a run before VSP.

 

Plan B, though offering what I thought was real promise, proved a total failure. VSP lied about staying in the rear, and smoked me mercilessly. 

 

Plan C is in the works.

Inspired by Wile E. Coyote, I'm attempting to cobble together a pair of ACME rocket powered ski boots. Initial testing is going pretty well I think. Minor scorch marks on the workshop floor and a few singed trees in the back yard have not dissuaded me from attempting further research and development. If I get a few minor kinks worked out I'll only need to figure out how to get these puppies past the TSA, and be good to go when I get to Colorado next week.


Edited by Bazzer - 2/2/10 at 4:34pm
post #21 of 31
You guys/gals should register for the NASTAR Epic Ski Bears Family/Friends team-we need the help! VSP-I'm sure your times will up our standing.

When we get our dates firmed up, we'll do a post-I had a great time skiing with you folks last year and look forward to another get together.  
post #22 of 31
John V- all of them DID register as EpicSki  members when they raced on Friday
post #23 of 31
VSP-Each person needs to log into their NASTAR profile and join Epic Ski Bears as a Family/Friend Team member. (Boy, I know WAY too much about this stuff-I must not have a life!)
post #24 of 31
Wow, that looks incredible. I skied vail one day last year while out in CO for a meeting. First and only time skiing in CO and I'm ready to move there!
post #25 of 31
i skied vail last year and promptly moved to CO.  feel free to join, but go to boulder or denver, not grand junction.
post #26 of 31
Nice to read all the love for Loveland. Great place. First time I visited it about 6 yrs ago I was riding a chair with a guy who was just effusive about how he loved to ski Loveland, in fact very enthusiastic about everthing. At the end of the ride I told him I was a visitor staying near Evergreen. He told us he was part owner of a chain of restaurants (Beaujo's) and told us to try some pizza in his location in Evergreen. Later we did, good stuff.
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VSP-Each person needs to log into their NASTAR profile and join Epic Ski Bears as a Family/Friend Team member. (Boy, I know WAY too much about this stuff-I must not have a life!)
 

Will do so John although I just now realize the scoring times of Betsy, cgeib, Uncle Louie and VSP will help the overall average…mine would singlehandedly drop the whole lot of team EpicSki.  Maybe I need to fib about my age to nudge my handicap.  I think 97 should do

post #28 of 31
I see that VSP joined and bumped us up quite a few notches! Keep on trying Don, practice makes ya better (although I practice a lot and don't seem to get much better myself !)
post #29 of 31
Planning on taking a real pair of skis out tomorrow, and see what might happen... See what can be done to drop a few more places in the rankings...
post #30 of 31
Don, Betsy, Chris and Greg need to access their profiles on NASTAR .com and correct their Team affiliation... They are registered as club team, not  Family/Friends Team. Once that is corrected, they will show up in the team rankings.
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