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Hello fellow snow-lovers!

Here's my first ski report for the 2000/2001 season. It's going to look a little different this year -
hopefully better. Along with my normal chitchat about snow and terrain, every week I also want to talk about some topic in the world of snow sports that I find interesting and hope you will too. As well as being emailed to all of you, my friends and family, I will be posting this report on The Motley Fool.

In the past there's been big competition for opening day between Loveland and Keystone. Loveland pretty much wins it but Keystone is never far behind, usually just a day or so. I gave Loveland a call yesterday and they told me (no promises) that they would be opening "late this week". Keystone's website announces their opening day as October 27. I wonder if they'll really wait that whole week. Here are daily updated pics of the snowmaking operation at Loveland: http://www.skiloveland.com/snowmaking.htm.

The Big Debate: The Vail Pass or Copper Mountain/Winter Park (Rock Mountain Super Pass)

Once again, the major ski areas that serve Colorado front range skiiers had some mega-competition to attract me and all of the rest of us in Denver and surrounds. For $200-300 there's no reason that front rangers can't ski every weekend. This is the third year of absolutely great ski deals and I hope it never stops. This year Winter Park and Copper Mountain ganged up on Vail Resorts to offer a combined pass. Individually, I guess they just couldn't compete with the deal Vail Resorts offered - unlimited days at Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. That meant the most acres and the longest season. No contest. I should mention that Loveland and Eldora, and probably Berthoud, also have similar passes. Last spring was the best time to buy most of the passes, since most of them have cranked up the price somewhat since.

If you want a bargain pass you should hurry though - they won't offer them all winter. Check out the websites below for the various ski areas or call Colorado Ski and Golf or Gart Brothers Sports - I've listed the addresses and numbers below as well. I called Colorado Ski and Golf yesterday and they said that Vail Resorts would be there on Friday, Saturday and Sundays to sign you up. And you don't need to bring three more people - they're not even calling it the Buddy Pass anymore.

I am really excited about my Vail Pass this year because ten days at Vail and/or Beaver Creek are
included for the first time. I love Vail. My husband says it's not steep enough and maybe it's true that there's not a lot of double black terrain, but there are hundreds of acres of single black bowls on the
back side that I think Mother Nature made just for me. It is so big that when you're sitting on the China Express quad looking across at the skiiers they look like little bugs over there. Very cool. And if you like groomers, let me tell you that Vail is the first and last word in grooming. Try out the run under Lionshead gondola; it's a total blast. Oh, did I mention that Vail was voted #1 ski area in North America this year http://www.denverpost.com/skisnow/ski0913.htm,
http://www.skimag.com/resortguide/table.cfm). I think Whistler had it last year, but Vail's got it back. The Denver Post's Snow Sports page is giving away vacations this winter as part of a promotion for their skiier emails (http://www.denverpost.com/skisnow/skisnow.htm).

As always, all of you are welcome to join me and my husband anytime for fun on the hill. Also, if you would like to stop receiving this email - just drop me a line.

Miriam
...See you on the slopes...

Please don't hestitate to let me know what you think of this report. What do you like? What don't you like?

Ski Areas:
Arapahoe Basin - http://www.arapahoebasin.com/inside.php3
Berthoud Pass - http://www.berthoudpass.com/main.html
Copper Mountain - http://passes.ski-copper.com/Home.html
Loveland - http://www.skiloveland.com/
Vail Resorts - http://www.snow.com/
Beaver Creek - http://www.beavercreek.com/
Breckenridge - http://www.breckenridge.com/
Keystone - http://www.keystoneresort.com/
Vail - http://www.vail.com/
Winter Park/Mary Jane - http://www.skiwinterpark.com/

Colorado Ski & Golf
(303) 337-1734 2680 S Havana Street, Aurora
(303) 420-0885 6530 Wadsworth Bypass # 130, Arvada

Gart Sports
(303) 741-9621 9000 E Peakview Avenue, Englewood (near Arapahoe Rd & I-25)
(303) 220-9933 2690 E County Line Road, Littleton
(303) 692-0121 2496 S Colorado Boulevard, Denver
(303) 340-3524 14401 E Exposition Avenue, Aurora
(303) 341-4305 14200 E Alameda Avenue, Aurora
(303) 333-4123 3000 E 1st Avenue # 123, Denver
(303) 333-1933 233 Milwaukee St, Denver
(303) 933-9005 8055 W Bowles Avenue # 4, Littleton
(303) 972-0350 8501 W Bowles Avenue, Littleton
(303) 861-1122 1001 Lincoln Street, Denver (Sports Castle)
(303) 922-5549 7200 W Alameda Avenue, Lakewood
(303) 431-8537 7400 W 52nd Avenue # A, Arvada
(303) 920-2226 251 W 104th Avenue, Denver
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