rickbolger's Mini Ski Safari 3/8-3/12
A couple key differences between this and the 4aprice Safari...
1. I didn't get any drinks on the plane
2. Sandy ("the wife" in 4aprice vernacular) stayed home. She was in the dark courtesy First Energy/Jersey Central Power & Lights' utter incompetence. I felt a bit bad about that.
3. I flew Southwest instead of United, so no extra charge for all my stuff. It also means I avoided Newark Terminal C, which is something to keep in mind if you ever travel through Newark.
Anyway, trip started with Crested Butte. Great ski resort. Love it. Hope to go back.
Photo below: One of the old center pole doubles at CB. They have a couple of these as far as I can tell; one is operating and I rode it here -- the other is on the main face and swings in the wind, they don't even show it on the trail map. I skied under it.
Crested Butte has great on-mountain amenities. Below is my buddy Mark bringing me the drinks that I didn't have on the plane. Still no power at home at this point, but, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
Crested Butte was on the MAX Pass, so I figured I could splurge for the drinks.
From there we went to Leadville, Colorado and skied the terribly underrated Ski Cooper. They always have superior conditions to any other mountain I visit in Colorado, and this was no exception. 5-6" of fresh and simply wonderful. My favorite ski area west of Black Mt NH.
Below is yours truly at Ski Cooper. I was happy.
Below is my daughter Ally's dog, Cooper. He's named for the ski area. Cooper, not Copper.
Cooper lives in Portland Maine.
From Cooper we drove north to Steamboat Spgs (that's what the signs say) Got to eyeball Beaver Creek for the first time, through all the mansions and development. Not sure I'll ever ski there.
And on to Steamboat. This was Sunday, same Sunday Alex referenced in his Safari report. I think whether or not you like Steamboat depends if you are a city mouse or a country mouse. I'm more of a country mouse, and I find the base area to be nightmarish.
Once you get out of the base area, you get to ski with 10,000 people from Texas, a small portion of whom may be seen below.
I have nothing against Texans, they tend to be nice people. But I prefer to ski safely, so I kind of took refuge in the Pony Express area, which was icy. It was like skiing at home, but with a handful of Texans here and there.
Then I went to the Bar UE chair, which Alex already showed photos of. But what the heck, here's another...
So I would run the big open area off the summit down to Four Points, then go down Cyclone, repeat. Except for the time I stopped at Four Points and had a bloody mary, as seen below.
After two days I flew home and slept on the plane, no drinks necessary.
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