Archive for September, 2007

Copper Mountain Opening Day: Nov 2

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Copper Mountain Ski Resort opens November 2. As many visitors to this blog know, Copper Mountain is one of my favorite local ski resorts. Skiing during the week is especially nice. I can’t wait for the season to start! Their website says “the snow guns are blowin'”. November seems way too far away, so I might have to steal away to loveland or A-basin.

Oh crap: CBS 4’s Stacy Donaldosn just mentioned in passing a “warming trend” coming up. I’m going to call them and see if that can be canceled. Will keep you posted.

Crested Butte offers free skiing

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Free skiing?! Could two more perfect words ever be placed next to each other? Not in my book. And hats off to Crested Butte, a lovely little resort off of the beaten path. I’ve been wanting to try crested butte, and this will definitely be the year. The resort will give away free passes at ticket windows from November 25 to December 15, “no string attached”. They open for the season November 17.

Eisenhower Tunnel closed yesterday – due to SNOW

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Yes, closed due to SNOW. Snow in September isn’t strange for Colorado. It’s normal here. It signals that soon we will be skiing, snowboarding, and throwing the fluffy stuff at each other. Sweet sweet snow.

Apparently westbound I-70 was closed at the tunnel due to “Quick, Heavy snowfall”.

In other – very related news – Loveland and A-basin have begun making snow. I love this guy in charge of snowmaking, quoted in the news:
"We'll have 30 guns going tonight...We go and we don't stop from this point,” said Marc Abrahamson, Loveland's Snow Making Manager.

Typically, it takes 14 days from this point for Loveland to open for skiers and riders.

Yes, love is a strong word. And yes, you heard me correctly.

First snow of 2007: Spotted!

Monday, September 17th, 2007

The Denver weather folks just showed snow over the Eisenhower tunnel, up at the Continental Divide. Loveland ski area is up there, but I don’t think they’ve started the lifts. I may check their website just to be sure. Has anyone notified Copper Mountain Ski Resort?! I’d like to think there is a crack team of lift operators scanning the horizon for snow, their hands poised upon a giant power lever. At the first hint of a snowflake, they pull the lever when sounds a horn and starts the lift. If I ran a ski resort, that’s exactly how it would work.

Anyway, the snow dance is working. Despite protests from neighbors with small children. And good taste.

Snow dance begins

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Summer is clearly over in lovely Thornton, Colorado. There is a certain nip in the air that makes me start to jones for snow. The heat has been excessive this summer. No one in the Denver Metro region has said “Gee, if it could only have been hotter”. They never do. Of course, they don’t really talk like that anyway.

And now begins the time of year I perform my snow dance. It’s an eclectic mix of hip hop, funk, and goof ball. Just enough to get the snow’s attention in that upper atmosphere. But not enough to make anyone want to call the cops. It’s directed skyward anyway. “Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you, SNOWFLAKES”. They zoom overhead watching, waiting to fall on Colorado’s ski country. A good dance – well, a dance anyway – is what makes them want to land.

If you feel the urge, and I know you do, help out and do your own little snowdance.

Guinness: For the B vitamins

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

A pint of Guinness makes the perfect end to any ski day. It’s long been a tradition with my buddy Mike and I to finish the day with a tall glass of Guinness. Why is Guinness the perfect beverage after a day of hard skiing or riding? Simple: Replenishment.

The B vitamins. Guinness is full of them. B6, B12 and um… 13. Mix in Endos‘ giant nachos, and you’ve got a full day’s supply of a lot of things.

And you know the antioxidants that makes blueberries blue? Tomatoes red? Well, Guinness has them too. But it has so many that the drink must be black. Think of the damage a nice healthy pint can repair. Drink several and you can almost feel it happening! (Drink responsibly, make sure your buddy Mike is doing the driving, etc.)

Sniagrab: Huge ski and snowboard sale

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

The Sports Authority
– formerly Gart Brothers – always has a huge ski and snowboard equipment sale here in Denver. I’ve been out of town every other labor day weekend for the last billion years, but this time I’m in town! I’m hoping to make it over there and see what they have. This year, I may even buy something!