Eldora, CO 1-7-18

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Eldora, CO 1-7-18

Postby EMSC » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:37 pm

What a difference having a Jr racer makes.

Jr is in the race program this year which is quite weird as I no longer coach and being a "regular" parent (I'm still on the BOD) this year it looks like I should get some good ski time.

So after getting him to his group I started skiing the 2" of new over to the back side. Probably 80+ percent of the cut trails are now open with snowmaking still getting a few more trails up to speed. So many of the trails except the real steeps are open on the backside. Alpenhorn is currently skiing the best as it holds snow better than anything else with the exception of the bottom hundred verts which is always "sporty". Today due to strong winds it had collected 4-6" so quite good.

Then at lunch I bumped into a neighbor who's kids Jr plays with all the time. He's an ex racer from the Midwest so we skied for a while (his kids are in ski school programs still). We hit about 10 runs mostly on the backside. The natural snow only trails that are open are now getting quite boney so more snow is desperately needed.

Eventually I headed to the front side about the time flight for life appeared. Never a good thing to see.

After practice Jr wanted to still ski which was a surprise given his young age, but I took it as a very good sign. He's really starting to speed up too. I counted about 24K of vert for myself. Good things all around.
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Re: Eldora, CO 1-7-18

Postby EMSC » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:21 pm

Cell pics.
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Alpenhorn trail.
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10:30a lift line on Corona. Time to hit IP lift.
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Yep, this was officially open terrain...
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Never a good thing.
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Sunny but cool and windy late day.
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Re: Eldora, CO 1-7-18

Postby Tom Moriarty » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:31 pm

Hoping to get up there soon, so better snow...lol
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Re: Eldora, CO 1-7-18

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:58 pm

I have very vague recollections of skiing Eldora in the mid-80s, but that pic of the Corona lift -- unless I'm mistaken, pretty sure it looked exactly like that 30+ years ago.
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Re: Eldora, CO 1-7-18

Postby EMSC » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:03 pm

Tom Moriarty wrote:so better snow.


At least a few inches in the forecast this week which is better than much of the season so far.


jamesdeluxe wrote: that pic of the Corona lift -- unless I'm mistaken, pretty sure it looked exactly like that 30+ years ago.


Sorta accurate and sorta not even close :-k :wink:

It's a very similar bare bones bottom terminal as back then, but they upgraded the backside from a double to a fixed grip quad quite a while ago.

Current rumor is that with the agreed expansion of Jolly Jug area on the front side (see my separate thread on that) that they will put in a detachable quad for Corona and then move the fixed grip quad to Jolly Jug. Not for a couple of years from now though.
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