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What a forecast!

Mary Jane - Derailer Run This weekend, I'm planning on heading up to the hills for two fun-filled days of great Colorado skiing. Since it snowed a bit in Denver tonight, I figured I'd check the weather forecast:

Thursday Jan 31, 2008: 3 to 4 inches of accumulation
Friday Feb 01, 2008: 3 to 5 inches of accumulation
Saturday Feb 02, 2008: 3 to 5 inches of accumulation
Sunday Feb 03, 2008: 4 to 7 inches of accumulation


Friday Update: It looks like we'll be skiing at Steamboat tomorrow instead. Checkout their Straight Talk Snow Report from this morning:

Snow Report

    * Time: 02/01/08 05:00 am
    * Conditions: Powder
    * Lifts: 16/18
    * Trails: 163/163
    * 24 Hour Snow: 18"
    * 48 Hour Snow: 22"
    * Base: 77"
    * Total: 308"

Steamboat Straight Talk Snow Report: 2/1/08

Good Morning to you, indeed!

Remember earlier in the week when we had a loud, brash, windy storm 
roll through the mountains and bring us snow? Last night while no one 
was looking, a quiet storm tiptoed in like a whisper, under the cover 
of darkness, and silently dumped a foot and a half of the choicest 
"Champagne Powder" while we all slept. All over town, people woke up, 
looked out their windows, and let out a "Holy Cow"!

I could write this report with fill in the blanks, as in... My first 
run down___________ (insert any trail name) was sweet. I got face 
shots the whole way. Then I skied over to the __________(insert a run) 
trees and the snow was just blowing over my head.

I think you get the picture. The whole mountain is in epic condition.

On one chair ride, my chair mate said, "You know it's a good day, when 
you hear Monkey noises coming from the forest." Everywhere folks were 
hootin' and hollerin'.

Weekend warriors, don't despair, there is plenty powder left to be 
skied tomorrow.

Have fun. Be safe. Look out for your buddy. Peace.

Straight Talker
Kat Murphy
Grinning like a Chimp
Telemark Skier


Posted in General at Jan 30 2008, 10:24:21 PM MST 3 Comments

Just curious, but what is it you like about Winter Park? I've enjoyed it in the past, but the last few times I was there I began to like it less and less. Too many flat parts, cat tracks, etc. Granted, I'm a boarder so those things can be a real pain to me. There are some good spots, especially on the Mary Jane side. So what are your favorite spots there? I'm exploring the other mountain system this year with the 5 mountain pass.

By the way, thanks for joining the panel at DeRailed last week! It was entertaining and informative.

Posted by Troy on January 31, 2008 at 11:08 AM MST #

My favorite part is Mary Jane - particularly the bumps and chutes. I rarely ski Winter Park - except when I go with the kids. The reason I always link to Winter Park is because there's no website for Mary Jane. ;-)

I really like Copper too, but it seems faster to drive to Winter Park. In reality, I have a Copper/Winter Park/Steamboat pass - so I'm biased to those mountains this year. I haven't had this pass in over 5 years - I've always had 5 mountain in the past.

Thanks for having me at DeRailed - I enjoyed the conversation and particularly the beers afterwards!

Posted by Matt Raible on January 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM MST #

Agree on Copper, it's probably my favorite, though I had a pretty good time at Breckenridge a couple weeks ago. As an intermediate boarder who is getting better, I like the cruisers near the top of Copper best. Next year I may get some four passes and then I really want to hit smaller places I've never been, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Wolf Creek. Obviously, some of those will require overnight stays.

Posted by Troy on January 31, 2008 at 03:44 PM MST #

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