Colorado Awesome day at Loveland!

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  1. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    @nay I think I did pretty good today.

    Got there really early (2nd row parking). Took nap in the car and headed out at 8:20AM to lift 2. (1 was packed already).

    Looked at this line and wanted to do it. So I did!

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    Those are Patrol's tracks.

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    The views off the ridge never get old.

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    Its hard work but worth it. Wind was almost calm!

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    Getting tracked out quickly! :eek:

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    The top section was so so smooth

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    After this went down to 9 again and in the distnce I saw the Ridge Cat! :golfclap:

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    Got to the pick up point as fast as I could and it was almost full! :eek: but I made it :D

    So field of dreams it is :D

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    So so many good turns! The Moment Deathwish 190cm (112mm wide) just cruise on this stuff...

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    The run down to 8 was also very very nice. Smooth pow and chow in most areas. Lapped 8 a few times. It was nice.

    Here is my track before lunch:

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  2. nay

    nay dirt heel pusher Skier

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    You killed it! ogsmile. That’s a great shot of getting ready to drop into Super Bowl.

    We started on a Ptarmigan lap waiting for 9 to open.

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    Then South Chutes to 9.

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    Patrol was shelling The Ridge all day. Primer Bowl here.

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    Edge of Primer Bowl and Castle Rock.

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    The deep snow on The Ridge got progressively heavier as the sun affected it. Still good here, I managed to hit rocks twice.



    Ridge Cat. Must have missed you by one ride.

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    Lots of little rollers in this pic indicating the surface firming up.

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    Dropping down to 8.

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    And then we stayed on the mellower pitches off 8 that held great snow all day. We skied for 2:45 before lunch and 2:45 after.

    Toast. But an awesome day for sure!

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    Horrid traffic coming home, too.

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    (After a stop at Guanella Pass Brewery)
     
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  3. tball

    tball Zipped up Skier

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    Nice!

    The wind was hammering the divide as I drove up last night around 6 pm (the evening before your pics). I had my wipers on for all the blowing snow. Fun to watch it blow off the peaks. Glad you guys got the end result!

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    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    @nay Yeah, looking at the time on my pics I dropped into Super Bowl at 9:36am and into Field of Dreams at 10:17am so I must have gotten the first cat up (I had no clue it was the first!, I just saw it and went to it) The snow was perfect. I did eat it at the bottom of Super Bowl in the transition from pow to not so pow and harder wind affected. A lot of people did. In Field of Dreams the snow was perfect all the way through though! did the Plunge and In the Mood 3 times. It was chowder but good chowder.
     
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    nay dirt heel pusher Skier

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    Those transitions were tough - saw a lot of people going down. I almost did a couple of times.

    I stayed out of Field of Dreams because I took some rock hits in there last Sunday, even though it was awesome otherwise. It looked good and that slightly lesser pitch was where the snow was more consistent so that was a good move.

    We did Marmot off the cat, which was good but still not quite let-it-loose consistent. Definitely deep, though. I agree the chowder was good - we ended up spending a bunch of time skier’s right of Chair 8. The snow stayed really soft all day and that flatter terrain is a blast when the snow is soft and fast and steeper stuff has consolidated.

    @tball thanks for the confirmation on wind load. I wasn’t sure how much was leftovers or parts of 9 that never opened yesterday. There was a ton of it and some awesome turns today. I’m not sure you could have been on too fat of a ski today to stay on top, though.

    My son is skiing 120mm Bent Chetlers and he had an easier time on the wider and burlier ski.
     
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    I did not hit any rocks but I think I was lucky although there was definitely some extra coverage. @tball I had zero clue about the loading, I just drove up in the morning and was surprised when I found it!

    My Moment Deathwish are not super fat at 112mm but the length sure helped (190cm) and with the Barons they are quite heavy (15 lbs total pair) and pretty burly. They have a 27m turn radius so the tips are not super wide and almost the same width as my Navis which are only 102mm wide but with a 19m turn radius. Certainly made everything quite easy. They worked well in the occasional scraped off stuff as well. I actually hand tuned them at home with 1º base bevel and detuned the tips and tails quite a bit. I think that helped a lot.
     
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  7. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Moved to trip reports.
     
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