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Ski blog: Power hours at Beaver Creek

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Frostbitten nose or not, I wasn’t going to let the third day of nose-hair freezing temperatures keep me off the mountain.

I planned for a two-hour maximum stint at Beaver Creek, and after my first run, was tempted to stay for a bit longer. The snow report said there were 2 inches of new snow, although everything underneath was soft, giving a bit more of a cushion.

On a ridiculously frigid day, my number one concern is to stay so I decided to go with the tele skis in hopes of governing my speed and preventing my face from feeling like I just got my daily botox injection.

My core temperature was fine, but I couldn’t keep my fingers warm. (When I finished skiing, I had to warm them up for three minutes before I had the dexterity to unbuckle my helmet).

After taking three runs off Larkspur Bowl, I headed to the Birds of Prey Lift and spied some nice powder at the top of Peregrine. When the moguls got a little too big for my liking, I jumped over to a recently-groomed Golden Eagle, which had some great untapped lines.

While I often scoff the groomers, I was thankful for an easy route to the bottom. When you get overconfident come quitting time, there’s nothing like a big spill in front of the lift to remind you that you’re not that good after all.

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