Colorado Backcountry: Berthoud Pass

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With almost 35" of new snow over the last 4 days, Mary Jane was banging. The crowds were kept to a minimum due to the strong winds and blowing snow on the summit, so I went straight for the Timberline lift. Spent most of the day here doing laps in the trees carving out fresh pow turns, lots of deep fluffy stuff to be found. The bottom half of the mountain was pretty crowded so I made my way over to the C lift, found some really killer pow in the trees near DeRailer, sessioned the steeps and chutes on that side of MJ for the rest of the day. Found some pretty sweet little hits and jumps and even a log slide heading down the cat walk back to the MJ parking lots.

Next week I will be in Park City Utah, they have been getting hammered lately. Not as bad as Tahoe, but I'll take what I can get. We are planning on shredding 3 or 4 days out there at Canyons, Powder Mountain, Solitude, or Park City. Think Snow!

Colorado Snow Conditions: Mary Jane

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Another sick day at Mary Jane, with 20" fresh over the last 2 days the powder was epic. AKD and I pulled into the Dotsero Junction lot just before 8am and found almost a foot of fluffy stuff outside the car. Watching the lot fill up quickly we made our way down Summit Express for the ride up. So stoked, we ripped fresh lines for a few hours on the groomers, then set off for the trees. Once there we found more and more untracked freshies. Next we went over to the back side of Jane and did laps near Wildwood Glade, this area has great snow and nicely spaced trees. Under the C chair we found a nice booter and some killer pow, also check out Bluebell for some nice rollers and hits. The intrawest bastards decided not to open up Timberline lift today, only god knows why?

It must of been find the tv star day or something, cause we found Landon. While standing in the lift line we noticed Landon from MTV's Real World next to us. He was out snowboarding with friends from Colorado, looking pretty steeezy. J/K. We said whats up and made sure he wasn't drunkenly assaulting any little mountain animals and parted ways. Surf this URL for a kick: Real World Star Assaults Horse

He was a cool guy and wasn't too bad on the old snurfer. Yea, so you get the idea. All in all it was a pretty trippy day.

Colorado Snow Conditions: Mary Jane

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One word describes today, sick. Pretty much one of the best days of the year so far, with almost 9 inches of snow over the last few days Mary Jane was hot. Most of the gapers and tourist crowd were hitting the groomers, so we duck into the trees and find limitless untracked pow lines down the mountain. Upper 30s bluebird day. We did a few laps on Sunnyside waiting for the Timberline lift to open up, this lift will take you to the top of Parsenn bowl. Up on Parsenn bowl we drop skiers right and follow the ridge line and duck into the trees, conditions were great. Lots of fresh powder on top of the base, we rode the back bowl pretty much all day. Surprised at how few people were hitting the tree lines, we got fresh lines all day.

Colorado Snow Conditions: Loveland

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Half asleep at 6:00am driving west up I70 we arrive at Loveland Resort near the base of the continental divide. It's been snowing and windy all night and ski patrol tells us they've got at least 8" inches at the base. After watching Chaulksmack and loveHATE on the drive up we are ready to shred some pow. We jump on lift #1 and head up, fighting the wind to stay on the chair. Hearing reports of gusts up to 70mph over near chair 8 we decided to do laps in the trees near #1. The snow was great, tons of fresh powder in the trees and all over the mountain. 8"-10" on the groomers and at least 12" in the trees. We made fresh turns for a hour or two before it began to get crowded, due to the wind many lifts had shutdown and most of the gapers were chilling near the base. Off of lift #6 the LovePARK is in effect, we found a couple of hips, kicker, rainbow, 2 straight rails, kink, trap and an aframe, fighting the wind we could only handle a few laps. Cold blowing snow and wind all day, conditions sucked at times-- hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Colorado Snow Conditions: Copper Mountain

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Today a few of us decided to take a last minute trip over to Copper, the holiday crowd was in full effect. After a few early groomer runs on the ice pack, the crowds and lift lines started to build. We went up the Excelerator towards the T-bar, at the top we found more wind blown ice pack. No new snow in a week, even the trees sucked. Good news, it looks like the Superpipe is almost up and running along with the main terrain park. At the top of American Flyer they have a nice minipipe going and some beginner ride on rails. We were happy to see some of the rails rotated out of the pre-season park here. None of the back lifts were up and running, and the ambassadors were handing out groom reports like mad. After killer burgers and guinness at Endo's we split and head out, on the way we can see every single lot packed to the brim.

Colorado Backcountry: Current Creek

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Heading down the north side of Berthoud Pass, you'll run into the old Current Creek section of the now defunct resort. This is where some of the more extreme steeps and lines are located. Early Christmas morning I started the long hike up the ridge heading toward the North Chutes, I was pretty happy to see only a few other people out in the backcountry. No new snow since the 23rd, I wasn't expecting great conditions. Surprised, I found a good amount of wind blown pow in the chutes from the previous days storm. Temperature outside was in the low 30s, and the sun was loosing up the snow quite well. After a couple laps in the chutes I broke for lunch and a few pictures up top.

The day turned out great, very few people up on the pass because of the holiday. Bluebird conditions, no wind, all we need is some more snow!



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