Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Loveland Pass Powder

Dave skis down Loveland Pass in the fluffy, powdery goodness, most of which fell in the morning hours and was still coming down. JP lingers like a phantom in the trees capturing it all with his digital camcorder. (Blue jacket in the lower right portion of the frame)

About 3-4 times a year I get a day on the snow that really stands out in my mind and sort of defines the season. A day that changes the way I look at the sports of snowboarding and skiing all together, a day of progression. Sunday was one of those days. I met my buddies Dave (pictured), JP ( kinda pictured), and Mike early up on the Loveland pass in almost white out conditions. The snow was flying and the wind gusts were making it almost impossible to see. Visibility was poor for driving. In fact we were surprised to see the pass still open. But in the trees, out of the wind you could see just fine…so that’s where we went.
Not expecting much from the day because of the weather and the fact that my legs were still a little sore from the day before at Current Creek (big baby huh?), I rolled up early and about half awake. Little did I know that the rest of the crew was about to take it to the next level. I really can’t explain what got into them, I couldn’t keep up and had to bail after about four hours. You have to see for yourself, follow this link and download the short movie JP and Dave put together of the day…you’ll see what I mean…Those guys are on a different level than myself!

JP(the last rider in the video) goes ballistic!!

weknowsnow.com movie link!

Current Creek goodness!

Back on the mountain after a short break for the holidays! As much as I enjoyed my trip to Vegas there is nothing like clean mountain air on top of fresh Colorado powder in the backcountry. The largest most elaborate Vegas Casino pales in comparison. It was good to be back.
Saturday I headed up to Current Creek with my friend Will to ride the tea cup bowl. We got up there around 7:15 am, beating the plows. We parked, geared up and started tromping up the mountain, breaking trail the entire morning. It was unusually warm that day with a low pressure system moving through the area we had temperatures in the lower 30’s. A perfect 5 inches fell the night before…we stayed ripping fresh lines until our legs were shot then called it a day!
Will was stoked to finally visit this area in the winter months. He knows the area well from his summer backpacking adventures. He told me on the ride/ski down to the truck that he is going to come back at least five more times this season... I said I’d be happy to join him!