Today was the first day of the ski trip to Winter Park, Colorado with the King of Prussia Ski Club.
The conditions to be expected this time of year are much more in line with warm sunny weather, big soft bumps and little need for any kind of serious ski clothing. Those expectations didn’t pan out at all. In the last 24 hours, there has probably been about a foot of snow and in some places on the slopes it seemed that there was a lot more than a foot of powder.
Outhouse, a rather steep powdery bump slope was the first run of the day and got the blood pumping through the legs. It got me a little winded between having a cold and being at an elevation of between 11,000 and 12,000 feet. As usual, I got out on the slopes a little late (10AM) but much earlier than the usual when skiing back in PA (more like noon on most days). Skiing solo has its advantages. You don’t have to wait for anybody, you go wherever you want, you can crank the tunes up and nobody thinks you’re being rude.
Most of the day was spent skiing the Mary Jane area at Winter Park with plenty of steep and bumps. The double diamond portions of Mary Jane seemed to be closed or at least they were after 2pm when I finally figured out how to get there but there was plenty of other terrain to ski. It was also the first real test of the Rossignol B83 skis I picked up at Siera Trading Post a month or so ago. (Be sure to check out the full Rossignol B83 Ski Review).
The length of the Rossignol B83 was a 176, which is shorter than I traditionally get in a powder type ski but they held up well and performed well all over the mountain in anything from packed powder to bumps and glades with up to 2 feet of powder. In some areas, the Volant Machete’s (a stiffer, wider and heavier all mountian ski) would have ben easier to ski in today’s conditions but the Rossignol B83 did perform well all over the mountain. The other paid of skis in the quiver for the trip is a pair of 178 Salomon Cyclones. With all the powder out there and more on the way (another possible 12 inches forecasted for tonight and tomorrow) the Cyclones will probably not see the snow on this trip.
Following a long day on the slopes, an outdoor hot tub hit the spot for a half hour or so and then dinner at a place in the town of Winter Park. Ahi Tuna was the dish of choice. That combined with lots of bread and water hit the spot and helped to refuel after a long day on the slopes. It’s not even 11pm in Winter Park yet and most everyone has drifted off to bed. It’s amazing what the combination of age, altitude and exercise does to one’s stamiba when it comes to staying up on these ski trips. Of course, I’m probably the youngest one of the trip by about five years but I’m still pretty wiped out and looking forward to a shot of NyQuil to knock me out cold for the night.
Somehow I have to get better about including pictures in these posts. Those can always be added later but once the day is done the thoughts from the day start to fade, it is a lot harder to go back and try to recreate the memories and put them down.
Time for the shot of NyQuil, a great night sleep and another intense day of skiing at Winter Park, Colorado tomorrow.