It looks like the 2009-10 season is finally over for lift-served skiing in Colorado. The season went out in style, on a hot and sunny day where you could see the snow melting away with each run.
I met CGeib and Eileenaskier in the A-Frame early, and we hit the Exhibition Chair shortly after it opened. From the top of Lenawee Chair, the view was spectacular, with scattered clouds in the deep blue sky, and a herd of mountain goats up above on the Divide. The skiing wasn't much to shout about, really, as the snow was beyond wet and soft, with scattered puddles of open water and bare spots already by late morning from mid-mountain down. The only lifts running were Exhibition, from the bottom, and Lenawee, to the top. Caught a glimpse of Geoffda, but he must have left early as the conditions quickly deteriorated.
The real entertainment of the day was pond-skimming on "Lake Reveal," which extended all the way to the dirt berm on the far end and grew quickly throughout the day.
Here are some highlights:
There were gorillas... [EDIT 6 /15/10--Apparently, this is a Yeti, not a gorilla--see post #26. Hope he doesn't take it personally! --Bob]
...and other strange creatures:
Some people got wet.
Some went fast and smooth!
Some were cool, calm, and collected...
Some...not so much! (But this guy made it to shore without going down, somehow--see next images!)
And who needs stretch pants, when you can have fishnet and hot-pink chaps?
For a few months now, you'll have to earn your turns the old-fashioned way. Even with hiking, though, the thin snowpack and warm spring are looking to finish off the skiing quickly.
Have a great summer!