Monday morning is probably finding most Buttians a little tired and sore (or maybe that’s just me), but pleasantly satiated from a weekend of fun skiing on really nice snow conditions at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and in the backcountry. The Silver Queen opened on Friday, letting skiers and riders put in the powder laps on the front side of the mountain. East River opened on Saturday morning for a bonanza of fresh snow on Resurrection, Double Top and Black Eagle. While I was no where near the front of the lines for those openings, by the time I did make it out with the family, mid-day Saturday, the snow was still soft and coverage was very good, as well. This is one of the best starts to the ski season that the resort has enjoyed in years.
While I didn’t make it up in time for the powfest on the mountain, I did get into the backcountry yesterday for some very pleasant turns on Mt.Emmons. Conditions were overcast with snow and wind for the hike up, but the sun came out almost right on cue for our descent back to Kebler Pass Road. I even got to be the skier model for today’s shot (yes–you can tell it was rough duty), as Steve Lawlor was kind enough to provide today’s photo (thanks Steve—you’re hired). It was interesting seeing the competitors from Saturday’s ISMF/COSMIC ski mountaineering race at Irwin levitating past us on the their post-race “cool-down” day . . . as the Stever noted, they way they were cruising up the hill, you’d think their gear was made of helium. When asked about who won the race, we were told it was some young buck from Aspen who not only won the race here, but then jumped on his snowmobile, blasted back to fruitcakeland and won an uphill event there, too. Oh, to be 25 with too much time on your hands . . . .
This morning we’re under clear skies on the Gunnison Country with temps in the single digits below zero. Looks like we’ll be chilly today, but see temps get a little more reasonable the rest of the week. Have a really good start to your week out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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