Are you still grinning from your weekend? You probably would be if you would’ve been in Crested Butte. With saphired-skied, gorgeous days, no wind and temps in the high twenties, but a bright sun warming you to the core, just stepping outside was a revelation in mountain beauty. Even with four or five inches of new on the mountain, I laid low on Saturday to recover from what had been a grinder of week at the office (yes, even ski town jobs can knock the stuffing out of you), but did make it down for some Big Air on Elk Saturday evening. That show is a bigger and bigger spectacle every year. There were plenty of thrills and spills as usual, but I think my favorite part was when Gabe, the event organizer, got up on the high point of landing jump and sang the national anthem. Among his many talents, that dude’s got some pipes!
Sunday, it was up and at ‘em to get back to the basics of why we live in a ski town . . . I had a backcountry ski planned (suburban dads get nine holes on Sunday, ski town dads get a ski) while the wife and daughter passed on a quiet morning around the house to head to Crested Butte Mountain Resort for their turns. It sounds like they had a great day ripping it up on the steeps, which made me happy for them and left me feeling a little less guilty about the pleasures I enjoyed in the backcountry. Today’s first shot is me skiing one of the ridge lines between the climax chutes—it was the coolest backcountry run I’ve had a quite a while. Not only was the setting huge and pristine, but the powder was soft, consistent and blowing all around me on the run down. I didn’t have cross too many tracks, either. Fan-freakin’-tasistic stuff. Steve Lawlor was the trigger man for the first shot (thanks Steve!), so it was only fair that I returned the favor for the next shot . . . soft, creamy, if not powdery turns, right down to the valley floor . . . did I mention that it was good run? We hit it pretty good.
Today we’re forecasted for mostly sunny skies and a high in the low forties, but tonight, look for snow showers that are supposed to continue into tomorrow, further whitening and softening the ski runs. With Wednesday and Thursday predicted sunny and pleasant, this forecast looks just about perfect for our first week of spring break. A bunch of sun with some snow to give our not always-so-comfortable-in-the-powder visitors a taste of the good stuff–yep, perfect. Judging by the license plates I’m seeing around town, Texas schools are on spring break this week, with Oklahoma showing up next week. Should be a very fun couple of weeks.
Have an excellent start to our week out there and if you haven’t made it to CB yet this season, maybe take your coffee break this morning and check into the deals that can get you and your crew here before April 6th. And if you have been here this season, why not come back and enjoy some more?
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