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A big old storm system finally moved into Colorado.
Here’s the strangest part of the day: It’s Sunday. I’m in Summit County. It’s a powder day. I am prepared for crowds. I am ready. I have the day planned out. I’m going to get a jump on all these Front Rangers looking to squeeze in an early morning session before trekking back down I-70.
Then I show up. Nobody is there. The lifts open at 8:30 am. I get my own chair.
The plan was to get up to the top and get in as many runs as possible before the crowds. But with this near empty morning and plenty of untouched white carpet underneath me, I shot down under the lift. Three runs later found me doing laps on the poma and then the longest tree run of my life down the Union Bowl.
But the highlight of a day of highlights was finally getting on board the free snowcat. Yep, a heated twelve seater that drives you up to some of the best terrain that Copper has to offer. The cat gets you up most of the way. There’s still a 15-20 minute hike along the ridge which I desperately need as my cardio falls somewhere between wheezy and asthmatic.
I teamed up with another solo rider (safety first) and punched into the best chute drop of 2011. Big face shots, fast turns, and nary a rock in sight to trip to me up. I tried to get back to that cat, but my legs were shot.
Looks like I’m heading back tomorrow.