This stoke is being posted on behalf of JimK who just got back from CO and saw some sweet conditions!!!
From JimK, taken 4/10/07 at Keystone CO, 15" of new snow on first ski day of trip, that's me on Elk Run in The Outback section of Mtn. Midwinter conditions, day time temps up on mtn about 25 degs.
Keystone has three mtns, main or Dercum, North Peak and the Outback. This is view of middle mtn (North Peak) looking back at Dercum. Main base area is on other side of Dercum. We took a pair of back to back gondolas to get to North Peak and believe this is on a nice steep blue called Last Alamo taken 4/11/07.
This is my 16 yr old son at about 12,000'. We had to hike/skate about 300/400 yrds above the highest lift at Keystone's Outback to get to this spot. To left is North Bowl, to right is South Bowl. We jumped into south bowl. It was not too tough. Lot of hard blue and easy black terrain at Keystone. Shot taken on 4/11/07
Keystone had two big terrain parks side by side. This shot taken on 4/12/07. The one on left with 3 story tall hits was being readied for a pro competition the next two days. You could tell the pros as they walked around the base area - had a certain look & swagger to them and all under about age 23.
We didn't ski Arapahoe Basin, but drove by it on way from Keystone to Loveland on morning of 4/13/07. The cannons were booming due to lots of snow in month of April. Believe steep terrain on right (Pav...) is where they had a rare fatal inbounds avalanche about two years ago. That blue Magnum was our rental car. Looked cool, but I wasn't too impressed with the drive, but a few minutes later it got us over the continental divide at Loveland Pass about 12,000'.
This is my youngest daughter just before we skied down from Loveland's highest point (12,900') at summit of chair 9. The terrain up there is like the moon. It was not that steep, but can be difficult because snow is not groomed up there. Was wind packed pretty nice for our visit on 4/13/07. We had snow showers for much of day.
My two youngest kids at the end of our day at Loveland, 4/13/07. We had a great four days in CO. Temps in the mtns never rose above about 30-35 degs. Who said it was April??
Son had just skied the run under chair 1 and the one to the lookers left of it. These two are legit blacks and start near the ridgeline seen above. This is the same kid who skied Extrovert for first time this Feb, then skied it 10 times in a row one afternoon in March. He wants some bump skis in about 170cms for next season, anybody have a good recommendation?