I'm sitting here on a Saturday night, sipping a Coors, and thinking about the week we had here in Summit County. The whole county got pounded with three storms over a four day period that left us with four and a half feet of new snow. For Colorado, that's pretty impressive, and almost everyone took advantage of it. On Tuesday morning, Breck reported a whopping 26 inches of new snow, and the entire county showed up there to shred it. By about 11am, I'd had enough of the 15 minute wait lines and headed to Arapahoe Basin to ski their reported 12 inches (more like 18) with about 30 other people on the entire mountain. Needless to say that was amazing.

The next day we headed to the big kahuna around these parts, Vail. They only reported 2 inches overnight, but a solid 8 was on the ground as we rolled into town, and was dropping about an inch an hour all day. After skiing all the good stuff we could find inbounds, we headed for Mongolia bowl to take an afternoon lap on the famous East Vail Chutes. Now, I've been skiing for the better part of 23 years, and this was by far, the deepest snow I've ever skied. When you're actually choking on snow and experiencing moments of white out blindness after every turn, life can't get much better!
The next day we headed back to the promised land for two laps of 3,000 vertical feet of amazingness at East Vail, and this time it was bluebird. This is one of those days you remember for the rest of your life and will probably annoy your kids with stories of it later in life. The snow, the weather, good friends to share it with, and a camera to capture it all...East Vail Bottomless from mike reed on Vimeo.And so, it keeps snowing here. Another eight is expected by the morning, and I'll be there, somewhere, taking it all in. Have fun out there, and if you're lucky enough to have a "backcountry" around you, be safe!Mike


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