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Old 11-14-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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That's what I meant to say. My mistake. Keystone averages 230 inches of snow a year while Breckenridge averages 300 inches of snow per year. Breck does get more in the way of wind though since it has a perfect north-south alignment along the Ten Mile Range, and there is no shelter when the wind picks up.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Breck does get more in the way of wind
No arguments there. There's a reason it's called "Breckenfridge".
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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Just got back from Keystone. Even with last night's snow, it was blehhh. Probably won't go back for a while, until there is more of a base. I bruised my tailbone pretty good while I was at it =(
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Typical early season conditions. It would've been the same at Breckenridge. A-Basin may have been a little better due to its base elevation of 10,800 feet. However unless you're willing to make the 6-7 hour drive down to Wolf Creek Ski Area, which has a 60 inch all natural base (the place gets the most snow in Colorado with 460-550 natural inches per year). Only those true die-hards like myself enjoy the really early conditions that exist out there because we want to be in shape and ready to go when the real snow gets here later this month and next month (10 days so far this season). Give it 3 to 4 more weeks and it will be a whole different ball game snow-wise.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Only those true die-hards like myself enjoy the really early conditions that exist out there because we want to be in shape and ready to go when the real snow gets here later this month and next month (10 days so far this season).
I know you're just being enthusiastic, but the true die-hards don't stop skiing just because it's summer. And they can find stuff like this (today) (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/376858_10100475430275813_10211687_55703633_1685329 908_n.jpg - broken link) along the Front Range.

odie, as Skifreak said, until we get a lot more snow and the ski areas open more terrain, don't expect in-bound conditions to be much different.

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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If you don't want the undersides of your skis or boards beat completely to death. The only place in the state right now with deep-enough snow back-country conditions would be the San Juans. But yes, point taken.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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If you don't want the undersides of your skis or boards beat completely to death.
Again, true die-hards don't care, which is why they're die-hards...

Don't worry, I'm just giving you a hard time. It's good to have some ski/board enthusiasts on here; seems like not many people on CD are that much into it. It's quite a contrast to my everyday/real life, where my buddies and I always salivate at every storm, and huge grins are everywhere after every powder day; where avy guns going off in the morning means it'll be a good day and where the local radio gives snow conditions instead of traffic conditions.

In keeping with the topic of this thread, the snow will be here soon...

Here's a scene from December 4, 2010:


December 16, 2010:


And December 17, 2008:
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Just got back from Keystone. Even with last night's snow, it was blehhh. Probably won't go back for a while, until there is more of a base. I bruised my tailbone pretty good while I was at it =(
Unless you pay for parking, it's a lot quicker to get up the mountain at Keystone. Breck is a hassle with the remote parking lot, shuttle bus, then town gondola.

I'm itching to get my skis on, but am waiting for some decent snow and more than one or two blues/greens to be open.

At Keystone, the final stretch of River Run is not fun even during prime time.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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Vail is nice. it is big with great runs. both choices are good but if you buy the epic pas you will not be sorry.

Only in Colorado -Vail, the largest ski mountain in the world

I have had both passes it is worth the extra money to get more mountain.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Incorrect, Whistler - Blackcomb has 8,100 acres.
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mou...tats/index.htm
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