Front Range Colo Feb 1-3

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Front Range Colo Feb 1-3

Postby EMSC » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:48 pm

Some decent skiing.

My brother was in town from Pitt for a few days so took a long weekend skiing with him. As a flatlander Ideally we'd of hit Eldora first for his sake, but we had to go there on Sunday for ski race training so instead did a Winter park, then Copper then Eldora itinerary. He arrived just as the frigid weather was subsiding in the mid-west (his flight was one of only two out of 5 daily flights that SW ran between Chicago and Denver that day). He also arrived a couple days after a storm cycle so things were quite soft, but no new pow to ski.

Just he and I on Friday at WP, the whole family on Sat at Copper and then without my wife at Eldora for 3 of us that day. Still hate WP operations. Just about everything they do annoys me operationally frankly. Add that to a horrible lift layout and the only reason I keep going back at all is: shorter time on I70 than Copper and higher snowfall (esp recently). So basically I keep coming back recently in spite of the Winter Park team itself.

Anyway, more info in the picture captions below.

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The ridiculously long walk to Vasquez cirque (or you can pay $20 for a 'season' pass to their cat; assuming the thing even runs more than a handful of days the entire season... Curious how many FTO'ers do and don't don't know what the berm is used for?


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The cat hauled trailer for the Cirque


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Finally on Feb 1, the first day of the entire season in the Cirque (only had first of the two bowls open though - so no Alphabet Chutes which are better)


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bit chopped up, but quite nice


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Steepest terrain at WP place outside of Alphabet chutes.


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Now at Copper in Spaulding Bowl


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Closer up action in Patrol Chute/Spaulding


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Took the kitty up to Tucker. Hint - bring your avi beacon.


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Nothing like hiking at well over 12K feet


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Yours truly


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Wind affected, but soft top section


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Much nicer for the lower 2/3
Last edited by EMSC on Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:59 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Front Range Colo Feb 1-3

Postby EMSC » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:53 pm

More pics!

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Whole family in Union Bowl at Copper


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Jr's skills are really coming along


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Top of Corona lift at Eldora


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Indian Peaks liftline


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Then the weather turned after lunch (no real accumulation during the afternoon though)


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In Salto Glades
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