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Ski Blog: Mid-week pow pow

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” I missed one of my favorite days of the year on Sunday: Grouse Mountain

opening at Beaver Creek. Anyone who was around me on Sunday (or Monday) can

attest that I was not a happy camper, and the tales of, “It was bottomless

powder the whole way down,” didn’t help much.

All this was forgotten, however, Wednesday at Vail.

With 8 new inches of fluffiness, there was plenty of make-up skiing to be


At 9:15 a.m., I took the Cascade lift up with a friend, only to find that

Chair 26 wasn’t running. While it would have been nice to take it up and

start heading East on the mountain, Simba and Safari proved to be worthy warmups,

and we floated down to Lionshead.

After traversing from the Born Free Express and hopping on the Avanti chair,

we resisted the urge to shoot over to mid-Vail and jump into the back. First

tracks in back are always plush, but Avanti never fails to deliver some

great face shots when it dumps. And with no lines anywhere, we figured there

would be plenty of fresh lines to grab in back.

We were right.

After coming back up Avanti, we jumped down the Slot. The snow always seems

deeper in the Back Bowls, and Wednesday wasn’t an exception. Only a few

turns into the Slot, I used some powder power (similar to a double espresso

in terms of energy) to add a little skip in my tele turns.

Question: What’s better than a sweet first run in the Back Bowls?

Answer: No line on Chair 17; you don’t have to wait and you don’t think

twice about coming back down on Yonder.

We had a feeling Highline and Roget’s would be deep, but we didn’t

anticipate the bumps. Cry me a river, right? The run down Roget’s did remind

me that I still need to work on my moguls and that tele skiing kicks your


With the sun breaking through the clouds around noon, we made our way back

to the top of Avanti and found some fresh stuff on Pickeroon and Lodgepole.

When your last run is at 12:30 p.m. and you’re still pushing through powder,

you know it’s been a good day.

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