Colorado I70 Summit & Eagle Counties 1/7/18 to 1/12/18 updated for 4/1 to 4/3/18
I70 Trip reports – Summit & Eagle Counties Jan 7-11
I make 1
or 2 trips a year to the I70 corridor. My son lives and works out of Denver. He has a sales job which gives him plenty of
flexibility to ski mid-week. On this trip my wife and daughter accompanied me.
of snow in Summit and Eagle counties sticks out like a sore thumb. Not only that, the snow drought pretty much
leads off every TV weather forecast. It was the topic dujour every day we were
there. A local told me they were down 30-50” in base compared to a year
ago. Someone else claimed that Vail
Resorts 1st eastern resort had more natural snow to-date than the
I70 areas. One area that the lack of
snow helped with was the price of lodging. We most always stay in Frisco due to
proximity to the Epic pass areas – Abasin, Keystone, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek
and we found the most reasonable lodging ever for a 3 bedroom condo. They even offered us a second week for $300
if we wanted to stay.
1/7/18 – this is the 1st time I’ve ever skied a weekend day at a
Vail resort. We decided on Keystone.
There was 4” of new snow overnight. The traffic up US-6 to Keystone from
I70 was unbelievable. 5 miles and about
35 minutes later we arrived. We did luck out and got into a satellite lot that
had just opened with an empty shuttle bus waiting which got us right to the
river run gondi. It is fairly amazing that these lift systems can spread out a
crowd this size. We barely waited in a
line – probably 10 minutes at most one time at the Outback Express Quad. But the snow surface took beating with the
crowds. The snow held up the longest in the Outback area. We made it til 2pm
2 pics from the top of the Outback Express. Breck in the background.
Tuesday 1/9/18 – It was a nice sunny day at Breck. Just a dusting of new
snow. The natural and ungroomed runs
were still in tough condition. We did find some nice snow on the Peerless trail
on Peak 9 – With Peak 9 being one of the tamer areas at Breck, the skiers there
probably stay off the natural runs which gave us a pleasant surprise in
discovering this mini stash. All of the bowl
terrain, 6-Chair terrain, E-Chair terrain was really thin. Imperial Bowl and
chair were closed.
Top of CO SuperChair.
Wednesday 1/10/18 – the lack of snow really showed at Vail. Plenty of dirt coming up thru the snow on the
catwalks leading to the back bowls which were most all closed anyway. Terrain
we had skied during past Thanksgiving periods were not open. No Blue Sky
Basin. Game Creek bowl was a thin and
knarly mess. We were reduced to skiing
groomers… at Vail. Around 2pm a front
came thru with snow but reduced visibility up top to pretty much 0. We quit and drove back to Frisco before I70
got too slick.
Top of Wild Wood Express looking back at the bowls
Top of Mountain Top Express
Thurs 1/11/18 – I skied solo from 8:30 to 12:30 with 5” of new overnight. It
was cold and bright. Was able to get
onto some of the funner terrain off 6 Chair.
Rode the gondola back to town at 12:30 and watched the Ullr Fest parade
down Main St which was a fun event.
We go to
CO to visit with my son. The skiing for
us is secondary. If it was purely a ski
trip, I would have probably rescheduled to somewhere else or some other
time. It is still great to soak in the
beauty of the Rockies. The forecast was improving as we left Frisco for home with 9" of snow at some areas overnight Thurs into Friday 1/12.