Keystone (2010-01-16)

It’s fairly easy to sum up the conditions in Summit County lately: Spring weather with Fall snow and February crowds. In other words, it’s unseasonably warm, beautiful blue skies, temperatures upwards of 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit, a base of 20-30 inches, and too many people headed to the hills on the weekend.

From Skiing at Keystone

Most terrain, I’m sure you’re aware, has been packed (man-made) powder. Many resorts don’t have nearly enough Expert terrain open because there isn’t enough cover. So that leaves two options: the front of the mountain or the terrain park. Frankly, I’m not interested in either. I’d much rather be sipping on a bloody mary on the deck in the sun than risk colliding with the dozens of other weekend warriors on the hill.

From Skiing at Keystone
From Skiing at Keystone

Hopefully this is changing with the latest storm but most of the big Vail resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge) have only received a few inches each day.

If you like to play in the park I can see how you could make the most of the conditions but this is horrible. The traffic on Saturday was the most congested it has been all season… and for what? I’m becoming a bit bearish on this snow market.

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