Vail Daily Editor Don Rogers: Perfect morning at Beav’
Vail Daily Editor and Publisher
Asked by Vail Mountain brass what he liked best about Vail, the then-mid-dle- school kid indelicately answered, “Actually, I prefer Beaver Creek.”
That’s my boy.
On Saturday morning, the college senior, home for the weekend, and Jimmy Roberts, who runs Beaver Creek’s operations, were taking me to Golden Eagle, the World Cup racecourse.
Jimmy’s son, Coe, and my son, Ben, are roommates at Fort Lewis College in Durango, one more bit of glue dabbed onto our connection with this moun-tain.
I was pretty sure the plan was to ditch the old, slow guy in the moguls of the long, steep Golden Eagle. I had nei-ther the youth nor nearly the skill to keep up with either, though both were very cool about that sad fact.
Instead it was perfec-tion: the run freshly groomed, the snow just right to grip turns and a First Tracks outing that can only spoil you rotten with whole runs to your-self.
I like Vail well enough. But the Beav’ just seems better for boarding. Less catwalking, mainly. Vail’s also more of a hassle with the paid parking, long walk, long lines at the lifts and afternoon choke points. Yes, we’re extremely spoiled.
I don’t think I made it on either mountain before January this year, speaking of spoiled, after the previous two seasons of powder aplenty, early and often.
So I heard lots of fretting about low snow but never really saw it. Certainly on Saturday this wasn’t remotely a concern.
We’re into April now and yet to see a brown spot. That’s a good thing. Nice when that’s the case the third week of November. But hey, better late than never.
This year, we’ll close out the season with good snow instead of open with it. Such is the snow farmer’s life.
There are worse ways to make a liv-ing than working on the mountain, especially on mornings like this.
Sure, lots of grunt work and grunt pay. And not many people have worked from liftie to emperor of the mountains or whatever John Garnsey’s true title is now (Vail Resorts co-presi-dent of the Mountain Division and COO of Beaver Creek).
But there’s a Ph.D. or two working on the mountain mainly for the lifestyle. I heard of an architect scanning tickets now, partly due to the recession, no question.
Not every day is perfect like this morning. Little windy, little chilly, but I wasn’t complaining.
It’s a hell of an office for Jimmy and his brethren. And I couldn’t imagine a better moment than hanging with the kid and the guy running the show – once I realized they weren’t really try-ing to ditch me.