Colorado in the spring
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April 18, 2023
Member since 02/18/2014 🔗
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For the second year in a row my wife & I made it out to Colorado for just under two weeks. We again skied the last week of March at Winter Park and the first week of April at Breckenridge less one day at Vail. Ended up getting out 8 out of a possible 12 days. Would ski a couple days then take off a day. The high altitude and long days wear on you a bit.

Both years offered exceptional conditions with typically fresh powder (full on blizzard conditions one day at WP) to a final blue bird day at Breck. Wasn't sure we would get relief from the winds as a few days it prevented us from accessing the high country. One day last year we were just under the Horseshoe bowl T-bar on the Columbine cat track when a recorded gust well over 100mph happened. I believe the weather station recording the wind - weather is at the top of peak 9 or 10 or over 13,000+ feet. We were okay sheltering on the cat track by a ridge but later took a drive around that saw many trees having fallen on houses etc.

Our last day this year, April 6th was a windless blue bird day. The Imperial lift was running and we took full advantage. Skied the Imperial bowl then over to Whale's Tail. It was a great day to cap off this trip!

The snow held up very well over the 12 days. Temperatures generally stayed below 32 with just a couple warmer days so the thaw - freeze cycle wasn't in full force. I would like to think this is a "sweet spot" calendar wise for being in the WP/Breck area in the spring.
Our Colorado friends & family
Caught up with Snowshoe friends. Didn't know they would even be there on this day.
On the way to the Cirque
Skiing the Alphabet Chutes
50 degree slope!

Over to Breck with family1681855191_sbghbbcguxgy.jpg1681855209_nqbghgfixhml.jpg

Pano view of eastern front range from Imperial lift 12,840 elevation1681855221_tsinscqogsft.jpg
April 18, 2023
Member since 03/21/2004 🔗
1,273 posts
that so does not suck - yay glad you caught that!
pagamony - DCSki Supporter 
April 19, 2023
Member since 02/23/2005 🔗
928 posts
Those are really great photos and what a nice trip.  It was such a fabulous year out there.  Thanks.  
April 19, 2023
Member since 10/21/2015 🔗
653 posts
Great pics of a great trip!

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