I get lucky, I guess... fresh off my gettin' in the draw for the 7-day heli trip, courtesy of getting my name pulled out of the box at the Wintervention show back in Syracuse, I get to spend a day riding because my customer (the FAA) wanted today as a travel day. So, I left NY (currently getting pounded with lake-effect!) on Sunday and figured I'd spend a day up at WP gettin' some shred before being sentenced to another week of work on the road.
Stayed in west Denver to get a leg-up on traffic... mountains sure looked purty in the morning light:
Sun was shining early on:
So I drove up to Mary Jane and parked in the Utah Junction lot and realized: Weekdays rule! I've never been lucky enough to hit CO during the week. I mean LL and WP aren't bad on the weekends, but... Damn! Is there anyone here? Look at those empty chairs... Shame on you Coloradoans. I'd sell my soul to live here.
The sun was out early so and I hit the east side to catch some rays: mostly rode the Sunnyside and Super Gauge lifts, and put some tracks down blues and a few blacks. Top of Sunnyside looking down Edelweiss, I think:
Top of MaryJane:
As the day clouded over, I moved over through Mary Jane into Winter Park and hit some runs off the Zephyr and Olympia Express lifts. I even tried a few bump runs:
After pausing for some electrolyte and carb therapy (Blue Moon draft and peanut M&Ms - the lunch of champions), I walked back out of the Lunch Rock, and it was puking! I took a ride down Narrow Gauge and MaryJane and the sky was dumping as I rode back up:
It was knocking on 2:30pm and most everybody had already left. There was 2-3" of fresh over on the east side... it was almost like first tracks at 3 in the afternoon:
I made a few more runs and hit the east glades. They were full of untouched pow:
One thing is for sure... glade runs at 9000ft. are a little more strenuous that at lower altitudes... Holy Crap! I looked like a beached whale when I made it out.
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