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Day 70: Go West « 101 Days of Winter
Day 70: Go West
Mar 2011 11

You would think with a tagline like “The Rocky Mountain Way” that 101 Days of Winter would focus on, you know, the Rocky Mountains. Well, guess what? Lake Tahoe is freakin’ awesome.
Yes, I'm riding alone again
I’m driving because it’s just easier and gives me the excuse to drop into a few ski areas along the way. I jumped off the highway to Powderhorn, a tiny hill outside of Grand Junction, CO. A typical sunny Centennial State afternoon coupled with surprisingly deep tree stashes led to an entertaining break in the long drive to Reno.

The rarely seen female Blue Jean Bandit
Speaking of taglines, Powderhorn has a sweet one: Your ingredient for adventure.

This kid almost fell off the lift trying to buckle on his snowboard
Two days ago, Powderhorn received eight inches of snow, and it still lay thick all over the hill. It was a repeat of an earlier day in the season at Sunlight. Untracked turns days after a storm make me giddy. Vail gets tore up in under two hours, so it’s startling to to see shin deep aspens at Powderhorn.

Somewhere off the West Chair

On my second long lift ride, basking in the sun and reveling in powder endorphins, I made the call that I’m going to ride every ski area in the American West.

Home, sweet home

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