Wisdom is knowing that Keystone opening will be the ice rink of death and riding the Gondola down from the park.
It is pretty insane how bad the ice gets on river run just after that mid mountain gondola loading spot.Like 3 or 4 runs feed into the final wide groomer leading down to the river run bridge. The funny thing is how so many beginner runs end on this stretch however its actually a pretty steep grade. Still a mellow grade for anyone on this forum I'm sure but I've heard countless beginners express their fear of that stretch. So what you end up with is a stretch of snow that sees more activity than anywhere else on the mountain. All that activity is beginners just trying to make it down alive (Murdering any top snow with pizzas and falling leaves). This decently steep ice-slide sends you into what is probably a huge group of sheeple crowding around a bunch of gates and slow signs. Plus depending on the time of year, because of the face of the mountain that run is on, around 1:45pm-2pm its no longer getting any sunlight. So while other areas of the mountain are getting a little softer from the mid-day sun river run is getting a little harder BEWARE THE RIVER RUN
Had a pretty good first day at Loveland today. Picked up passes and took a few runs. The first run started pretty shitty, but then it turned around. Ended on a good note and grabbed a Tommyknocker IPA at the bar.