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Colorado 2022-2023 Colorado Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups

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Doug Briggs

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This season is just getting better and better with every day.

I started a bit later than usual on account of my desire to ski soft spring conditions. I succeeded. My 'warm up' run was Outlaw as it is steep and catches more solar gain. There was a nice 1/2 inch layer on top of some firmer, lumpy underlayer. I then tried Ptarmigan; things were a little firm but showing promise. The ridge on Imperial was nice as was UFO.

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Back to Imperial which was nicely soft whipped potatoes.
IMG_20230505_113843672.jpg Whales Tail opened which mandated a trip to CJs. It was heavy and tiring, but wonderfully fun skiing.

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IMG_20230505_120045962.jpg I met my friend, Bob, on t-bar and we gave Georges a try. A bit firm at top, but smooth, then soft near the bottom.

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Reprising my run in Imperial Bowl.

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Prizes were left at the refrigerator. Thanks @Snowfan for 'more cowbell'...

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And refreshments.

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(Yet another) shot of Pikes Peak. More runs were had but the last photo broke Strava.

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Remarkably nice.
 
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And that's a wrap! Season went by really fast :beercheer:

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A couple of shots of the "new and improved" Solitude. You will be able to get off the gondola and go right inside. Construction is moving right along.

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I 70 being I 70. No winter storm needed to have *stuff* like this happen. Not sure how many hours it was closed.

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I took the shot from Oh No Bowl. Notice how crowded A lot is :roflmao:

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If you love spring corn then Sat was your day. No added starch. Just grab free snow!

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and my final sweep of Copperopolis for the season

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For those that web watch, yep you will see lifts spinning and people on them. Race camp and training starts today :ogbiggrin:
 
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@mikel, was that shot of I-70 was Sunday? I tried to get to Copper on Saturday morning and ended up stuck in a 'parking lot' just E of Officers Gulch. I don't know what the problem was but I finally go to the exit to OG and turned around.
 

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You could see that traffic mess from up on the lifts on Saturday. It seemed to last for hours. I was told it was an accident up on Vail pass that had things backed up right past the Copper exit, for miles. Dang, hard.

I missed it, getting there early enough for first chair. (Only about 8 a.m. those last weeks.)

The conditions, and lack of people, were great that last week. No rock damage on my edges at all. Good crust for race skis, then cream cheese snow
for hours, starting down below and moving up the hill. Swell finish.
 

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Fortunately, I wasn't going skiing, but rather to see Fuxi on his moving sale weekend.
 

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Another grand, albeit brief, visit to Breck today.

IMG_20230508_113036771.jpg Looking good in the neighborhood.

IMG_20230508_115433651.jpg It's hard to see, but there is a new wiggle line in Imperial. Just about dead center and ending just below the tiny patch of rocks.

IMG_20230508_120630804.jpg Same wiggle line, different angle.

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Georges wasn't getting soft enough for my taste. It was almost wintery at the top of it. CJs was heavy, wet snow with lots of deep traverses and turns; not my cup of tea. Ptarmigan was just right!
 

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I didn't know those were called "wiggle lines." Thanks.

(I just vaguely thought they were skier cross practice.)
Then you should check out this thread!

 

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Then you should check out this thread!

And I should post there. :rolleyes:
 

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Yeah, I was there - second chair.
It was a typical A Basin blizzard day - featureless, confusion on what was up and what was down - dizzy-making up top.
But up top, c. 5" of very substantial wet snow, and falling.
(For me, best enjoyed with trees for reference. Then swell.)

It's supposed to continue off and on for days.
 
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