Jeff, Dave, Ed and I spent one of days in Tahoe at Alpine Meadows. Apparently, I forgot to bring my camera.
Jeff, Ed, Dave and I spent a few days at Squaw Valley.
A great few days at the Whistler resort.
That mountain is big. You can go from sunny at the top, down through clouds, snow, into ice and rain at the base. There is an unbelievable amount of terrain. There are wide open bowls up top, tree-lined causeways in the middle and easy terrain at the bottom.
From the top there is a rambling green trail that follows the ridges down to the Roundabout lift so less experienced skier can still enjoy the top of the mountain.
That’s just Whistler mountain. Blackcomb sits just next door and offers an equally excellent dollop of terrain.
For a lowlander like me, Whistler is at a much lower altitude that the mountains of Colorado. That means better endurance on the mountain and better sleeping at night.
Keystone was the lesser of the three resorts. It consists of a several mountains in a row. The entrance is at the first mountain. Then you need to go up and down over the other mountains to get to the good stuff at the back of the resort.
The conditions were not very good that day because of a strong wind. It did leave some great conditions in the trees.
After spending our first day in Colorado at Breckenridge, we decided to spend our second day at Vail. It was just a short drive down I-70.
At first, we were a little disappointed. Sure it was big. But it was mostly just wider trails than I was used to back east.
Then we followed the signs to the bowls.
That changed everything. Thousands of acres of wide open terrain.
This was a boy’s trip out west.
Jeff, Dave, Pete, Steve and me.
Actually, it was my first time riding my snowboard on the big mountains. We rented a place in Breckenridge and spent out first day exploring the mountain.
We also spent a day at Vail and a day at Keystone.
We spent the 1996-1997 ski season at Sugarbush.