Tag: powder day
By R. Scott Rappold
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.
Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.
It was January 14 at Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.
If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.
Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.
As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?
What was this folly? (continue reading…)
The spring ski and ride season has been incredible recently at the ‘Basin, and today was no exception. The snow report you saw this morning was accurate – 12” of fresh snow blanketed Arapahoe Basin Ski Area today, just in time for another weekend of live music, amazing food and – of course – the best skiing still available in the state.
Sometimes it just works out, the stars align, things fall into place, the snow Gods are in a good mood and the next thing you know you’re waking up at a ski resort hotel to 14 inches of fresh snow and your kids are at home having fun with their Grammy and Grandpa.Such was the case when we visited Steamboat not too long ago.
This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com
Open a trail map from Sunlight Mountain Resort and take a look. At first glance, the map looks a lot like many other small resorts in Colorado. There is one base, with a lodge, ski school, rental shop and all services adjacent to a free parking lot.