Western skiing

Skiing at Snowbird: Snow, sun, wind & more in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

Views from atop the Gadzooks trail off Gad 2 Quad.

A tree run off of the Gad 2 Quad.

The Tram crosses over double-black diamond runs.

A snowy whiteout makes things challenging in Little Cloud Bowl.

An on-mountain break can be found at Mid-Gad Lodge.

Views through tall Mid-Gad Lodge windows.

The brick deck next to the Tram at the Snowbird Center.

Looking down Peruvian Gulch from the top of the Peruvian Quad.

A look at some of the steep tree runs in the Gad 2 area.

More trees to ski between in Ski Patrol Gully in Mineral Basin.

Looking up Mineral Basin at the Bookends Traverse (at top of view).

Looking at the bowl beneath the Road to Provo traverse (at left).

Dining with a mountain view atop the Cliff Lodge.

Nice sunny view from our lodging at base of Snowbird.

When I think of my trip to ski at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah last week, I think of bookends. The ski trip was bookended by two snow storms, both dropping a foot or more of snow. In fact, my friends and I were hoping to be snowed in by the last storm on Sunday. But alas, that was not to be! The airport shuttle vans here have very good snow tires. (Darn it!)  The other bookends that I think of are the Bookends Bowl in Snowbird’s back bowl called Mineral Basin. You...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Lots of snow, views and bowl skiing at Vail Mountain in Colorado this week

On Monday morning, I caught myself giggling loudly while taking my first run through the powder at Vail Mountain. As I caught my breath, I looked around to see if anyone heard me or saw my giant grin. But alas, I had this part of the Sun Down Bowl to myself! I kept moving, and kept laughing! I've been on a road trip to Vail this week and enjoyed skiing during a Colorado ski season that has featured a lot of snow — even for western standards. I couldn't get...[Read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

Beaver Creek, Colorado: Spring skiing down memory lane

Years ago I taught skiing at “The Beav.” That's what the locals called Beaver Creek Resort back in the day. It’s a sunny Colorado ski area with about 1,800 skiable acres located 10 miles west of its sister resort, Vail Mountain. Early last week I was able to take a ski down memory lane on the slopes at Beaver Creek. My companion was a speedy 7-year-old; I like to call him SpeedMeister. We skied on a day when a spring storm was moving from the west into the Vail Valley. The clouds looked...[Read more]

Sunday, April 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Vail powder skiing this week was more like mid-winter in Colorado than April!

This week SkiMaven continued a Colorado skiing adventure by heading to Vail Resort and Beaver Creek Resort. (I think I've mentioned that I'm spoiled rotten, right!?!) Located on Interstate 70 about two hours west of Denver, these resorts are 10 miles apart and are operated by the same company. In this post, I'll recap my two days of skiing at the enormous Vail Resort—with fresh snow on both days! On my first day at Vail we skied in about five inches of fresh snow! The forecast called for...[Read more]

Friday, April 12, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Copper Mountain: Bowls, spring bumps, broad cruisers & solid snow coverage in Colorado's Summit County

SkiMaven took a field trip this weekend to Copper Mountain in Colorado's Summit County! I've skied there two days before – many years ago – and I recalled that I enjoyed this sizeable ski resort, but I needed to jog my memory as to exactly why I liked it. I teamed up with a couple of friends to explore the ski area, which is conveniently set up to cluster many of its expert slopes on the eastern end and back bowls of the resort, while many intermediate runs are found in the center of the...[Read more]

Monday, April 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Google snowmobile comes to Vermont and gives you a virtual look at ski trails

Some fresh snow fell on ski areas in Vermont yesterday, most notably at the northern resorts, and today it is darn chilly and that is just fine with me! The ski resorts are reporting that they are cranking out the snow from their snowguns and snow fans. In other news, I came across some interesting techie news recently ... I’ve learned of two Vermont ski resorts that are now viewable with the “street view” feature that is available on...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Stowe, Western skiing

US skier visits rocket to a new record, while A-Basin closes with powder

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin on June 9--the day after closing.

Skiers who took the time to drive to Colorado's Arapahoe Basin on Sunday had a powder day to close out their ski season. Yes, it had snowed a couple of inches the night before at the higher elevations around the Continental Divide, which the ski area straddles. A-Basin was the first to open for the 2007-2008 season on October 10, 2007, and the last to close. Sounds like American ski resorts had a great year all around. The National Ski Areas Association reported earlier this month that...[Read more]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Mountains and glaciers and lakes, oh my!

I'm getting a Rocky Mountain high!

As I pack to make a short family visit to Colorado, I'm daydreaming of snow-capped peaks and blue skies. The Rocky Mountains are in a league of their own and I can't wait to see them again. I stumbled across this interesting photo site recently at http://www.archives.gov/research/ansel-adams/. It's a National Archives site that shares some of Ansel Adams' photos of our national parks in the 1930s and 1940s. Apparently, the US government commissioned Adams to document the parks, but World War...[Read more]

Friday, May 30, 2008 Filed in: Spring skiing, Western skiing

Super Saturday skiing at Solitude in Utah

Solitude, a 50-year-old ski resort in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon, is billed as a best-kept-secret kind of ski area. For this reason, we decided to ski Solitude on our last day of our trip because it fell on a Saturday. We figured this was a good plan because droves of skiers from Salt Lake City (only 45 minutes from the slopes) could be hitting the larger resorts in the area. I'm not saying that Solitude is small, but it's just more manageable and you are able to explore much of the mountain...[Read more]

Monday, March 10, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Lovin' high-altitude skiing (not boarding) at Alta, Utah

Wow! This place has got to be one of the most scenic places to ski anywhere. Alta ski area in Utah is perched high in the Wasatch Range and it seemed that in every direction you get a view of a high peak. No wonder my seventh-grade teacher Mr. Tewksbury raved about this place. Thursday was our first bluebird day during our Utah ski trip and we spent it on Alta's slopes. The Skimeister and I enjoyed left-over powder plus about five inches of new snow. Not too shabby, eh? Here's the catch: The...[Read more]

Friday, March 7, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Brighton ski day with some snow, sun, steeps and glades

Today we spent the day exploring Brighton ski resort in Utah. We were skiing on a little bit of fresh snow from the day and night before, and a whole lot of base from an above-average season for Utah ski resorts. The weather threw a little sun our way, in between clouds and snow squalls. The Skimeister and I took the opportunity to first check out the new Milly Express lift on the south side of the resort, and we ended up skiing off of every lift except for the bunny slope. Mt. Millicent...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Snow and wind at Snowbird, Utah

Well the Skimaven has taken a field trip to Utah. Yup, a long way from Vermont. Now I'm skiing at 9 to 11,000 feet instead of 2 to 3,000. I can feel it when I bend over to buckle my boots! The Skimeister and I started our Utah ski trip with Snowbird today. We took the tram right off the bat to get to the top of the mountain. We did laps in Mineral Basin all morning, enjoying powdery conditions in most places. This part of the resort is on the back side and it features wide, open slopes and a...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Snow envy

Snorkeling at the Beav'

If those twits at Heavenly, Vail and Beaver Creek send me one more e-mail ... Their multimillion-dollar marketing machine keeps sending me mouth-watering photos of the three to 10 feet (that is not a typo) of snow that has piled up on their totally fabulous resorts in the last week. A photo in a Beaver Creek, Colo., e-mail even showed a skier (or what you could see of him) with a snorkel. Please don't laugh, it just encourages them. Normally, this would not phase me, but we've been...[Read more]

Friday, January 11, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Catamount Nordic, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Stowe, Western skiing

They're skiing out west

Ah, skiing at Solitude looks lovely!

Nothing like checking out western Web cams to get you thinking about winter. Arapahoe Basin in Colorado fired up its lifts for customers on October 10. Yeah, that's early. They say it's their earliest opening ever. Looks like they beat Loveland again this year. My husband and I have been considering where we'd like to go for our western trip this year. We typically go for a one- to two-week trip each winter. We've just about settled on Salt Lake City and the the ski areas that are within...[Read more]

Thursday, November 1, 2007 Filed in: Western skiing

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