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Old 09-17-2011, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my wife has a conference in Colorado Springs October 28-29 and I can't pass up to the chance to get even the tiniest bit of riding in while we're out there. Based on what I've read, I'm guessing my best (possibly only) practical options will be A-Basin or Loveland. It seems that Loveland gets a little more love from the locals (apologies for the terrible pun) and might be less crowded, but is it worth checking out A-Basin as well? Somewhere else? I'll probably be limited to just 2 or 3 days following her conference. We're generally intermediate-level riders I guess, except we're novices at trees. I like steep groomers, small drops, jumps and easy jibs, but my son is a little more park focused. Both of us would like to do more tree riding if there are any easier tree runs.

I'm also curious about typical conditions this time of year. Though I realize it is totally weather dependent, are we likely to see much powder, or are things often windblown, packed or even sketchy early? The reason I'm asking is that my son got a new board this year and I'm trying to decide whether to bring his old cambered 118cm or his brand-new rockered 135cm. He weighs 90 lbs and struggled riding pow on his old board even last season when he was probably 10 lbs lighter. He does generally prefer park riding, but we want to hit as much as we can. I'll try to bring both, but I'm not yet sure what our luggage situation will be with airline restrictions.
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this early in the season its a crapshoot. on the one hand one of the 2 locations could get absolutely blasted while the other not so much, on the other hand it is more likely that they will both just have "some" snow. a-basin is talking about starting to make snow next week, loveland is scheduled to start making snow in 12 days. they will both compete to open about the middle of the month, and will probably be within a day of each other when they do. the basin is a slightly farther drive from denver but not prohibitively so, but being on the other side of the mountain from loveland, it could have more favorable conditions on the day you choose to ride. finally, yes, those are pretty much your only options. a-basin and loveland are on differently zoned lands from most of the other resorts, and as such open and close when they want (meaning, as early, and as late as possible); the other resorts are on some kind of public land and typically share set dates that are determined by the forest service or other similar govt entity.
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Are you hoping to ride in a resort? Or do some hiking/backcountry type riding?

If you're out of the resort be very careful. The base will not be deep and you're gonna have lots of debris (sharp rocks, tress, roots, branches) to look out for. Which are usually hiding just beneath the snow. I doubt you're gonna have any powder to ride, unless you're hiking peaks... Ian Provo: October 2010 This was Utah late october last year. So it's possible. (With mucho hiking)

Hopefully the resort is open by that time, I think loveland opened around the 27th last year. And even if it is open, you'll have maybe one chair ready to go.

Either way - Have fun!
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snowklinger, thanks for the explanation, I didn't realize that was why those two opened early.

WasatchMan, thanks for the feedback, I should have specified that we'd be completely resort riding. Last season the one time I mentioned doing a little bit of back country, my son was horrified; "you mean we'd have to hike?") He manages to find enough to whine about in lift lines and on sketchy runs. Kids these days! Maybe when he's older.
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WHITE RIBBON OF DEATH! Enjoy!
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WHITE RIBBON OF DEATH! Enjoy!
Thanks BA, you answered my question and expanded my vocabulary in a single sentence!

Amusingly, the first two Google image search results for "white ribbon of death" are from A-Basin.
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Thanks BA, you answered my question and expanded my vocabulary in a single sentence!

Amusingly, the first two Google image search results for "white ribbon of death" are from A-Basin.
The best thing about the WROD is you get to avoid all the steezy new seasonals buttering, tail tapping and 180ing their way irrationally down and across the ribbon.

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Conditions will suck. I don't even bother hitting the resorts until at least mid-November or so.
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The best thing about the WROD is you get to avoid all the steezy new seasonals buttering, tail tapping and 180ing their way irrationally down and across the ribbon.
I now have a new goal.
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The best thing about the WROD is you get to avoid all the steezy new seasonals buttering, tail tapping and 180ing their way irrationally down and across the ribbon.
What's worse is I'll have to avoid them while doing the same

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Conditions will suck. I don't even bother hitting the resorts until at least mid-November or so.
Yeah, I've gotten the idea now. I'm still going to try to go just to start my season as early as possible, even if the conditions suck. I just can't pass up the opportunity to ride in Colorado, even if it is a terrible time of year.

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