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Early or late: What’s your ski style, Vail Valley?

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySnowboarder Mike Santambrogio kicks up a trail of snow as he flies down Born Free run on Vail's opening day last Friday

VAIL, Colorado – For Avon resident John Omstead, it’s never too early in the season to hit the slopes in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

“I do think getting out early is important, just to get the muscles going,” the 40-year-old skier said. “So when it does snow, you’re not suck on the couch – ‘Oh, my legs.'”

Omstead warmed up on the catwalk that was open on Vail Mountain during the resorts’ fifth day of the season Tuesday.

Eagle resident Lucie Woodward, 31, is willing to wait for more powder before she straps into her snowboard for the season.

“If there was a lot of snow, I would go right away,” she said. “Since it’s not as much, I’m going to wait until snow falls and they open up more of the mountain.”

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Early on in the ski season, people’s different attitudes toward the sport emerge. While some enthusiasts rushed out to Vail Mountain on its first day last Friday, others are waiting for a wider variety of terrain to open. Some skiers are even more discerning, only venturing onto the mountain for deep powder days or blue-sky spring skiing.

Jen Knight said she’s headed to the slopes sooner this year, in part because she received her ski pass earlier.

“I usually do not go up this early in the season. I’m turning a new leaf,” said the 28-year-old Vail resident, who was snowboarding on Vail Mountain. “Usually, I wait until the entire mountain is open and not just one run packed with people.”

The reason for her change this season?

“I just have great friends who motivate me,” she said.

Likewise, Silverthorne residents Lisa Voss and Duncan Harp, who were enjoying drinks on the deck at Garfinkels in Lionshead after a few runs on Vail Mountain, got an early start to the ski season this year. Voss said she ventured out sooner because she recently moved from Boulder to Silverthorne, which is closer to the ski mountains.

“Living here, I go early in the season,” she said. “It’s not crowded and it’s more fun to sit out at places like this, have a beer and relax.”

Voss was enjoying her 12th day of skiing for the season on Tuesday. She had also skied at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, and had been planned to ski Beaver Creek’s opening day Wednesday.

Avon resident Mindy Czeschin said she ventured out for Vail Mountain’s opening day, then took a break from snowboarding.

“It was just very crowded and icy,” she said Tuesday. “I haven’t been since.”

She had been planning to head back to the slopes later in the week, once she had a day off from work at a local clothing store.

“It’s the people who just want to get up there and go who are up there now – I can wait,” she said.

Staff writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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