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Hello fellow snow-lovers!

On The Hill

It has been snowing in Colorado - a lot. Unfortunate, really. They'll have to dig all those snow guns out now.

I opened yet another mountain last Saturday; this time Copper was the lucky winner. It was a big toss up between Copper and Breckenridge, with momentary thoughts of going back to Loveland thrown in. It's always tough this time of year – deciding which run to do. I finally decided on Copper because a couple of buddies were going to try out snowboarding there for the first time. That's always good for a laugh.

I have to give Copper Mountain the big thumbs up – good snow, good chair capacity, and good vibes all around! The University of Utah Ski Team was there, getting ready for a big racing event next week. I was inspired to let my skis really go for the first time this season – what a rush! There was top to bottom skiing because the E-lift above Solitude was running as well. Way to go, Copper!

Doing opening day at Copper meant missing the same at Breck; a person just can't be in two places at one time. Fortunately, I have dispersed ski spies to every corner of Colorado, so I know what's going on there too. The scoop is that the brain ailment possessing the management at Keystone hasn't spread to Breck. The quad is running at full tilt and the lift line isn't bad at all.

I got off the hill at about 1:00 and headed back to Denver for the Snow Sports Expo. There I met my favorite person of the day. His name is Shaun Palmer and he is one of the biggest names in our wonderful world of snow. He's absolutely awesome at so many things: snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, motocross, race car driving… but you probably remember him in boardercross at the X-Games in Crested Butte. He is the fastest person in the world at boardercross. Anyway, he's got beautiful baby blues, and an awful scruffy beard. I know you're reading this Shaun - please get a shave! The funniest thing though – HE DOESN'T HAVE A COMPUTER! He has his very own line of snowboards and doesn't have a computer! I wonder if he's seen his website:

Chatter – The Snow Sports Expo

The Expo was just like previous years. The ski areas had booths. Vail's was the biggest. There were a couple of trampolines and a jump with skiers and snowboarders doing tricks. There was a street-style skateboard demonstration area. There was beer. There were boxes set up in every booth for a drawing to win something or other. This year I didn't bother. It's fun not to bother.

The ski train that goes to Winter Park was there. With a drawing for free train passes. I didn't bother. I did stop to talk to the guy in the booth though. He was trying to let me in on the big bargain day secret for the train. He said we should definitely ride on Superbowl Sunday. I started getting interested. I like to ski on Superbowl Sunday and then hang out in a bar somewhere in Summit County to watch the game. At that point I definitely need a ride home. Turns out you have to catch the train back during the game and they don't have any TVs. No wonder that train is deserted.

The high and mighty Ajax Mountain in Aspen will be open for snowboarding for twenty days at the end of this coming season. This is sort of a no-brainer since all the beautiful people will be gone and Aspen Ski Co. won't have to worry about the perfect moguls getting trashed. I have to congratulate them in any case because now Colorado is off the short list of states that have a no-snowboard resort. That leaves Utah and New Mexico. Shame on you!

Flashback: I remember one time when I was at Purgatory, which is now called Durango, and they had a small terrain park with a sign marked "Snowboarders Only". I can't remember if I kicked the sign or not as I blew past it on my way into that park. That sign was just about as stupid as their name change. The name Purgatory was the coolest thing they had going.

Sunlight and Glenwood Springs were there with a big wheel that you could spin to win stuff. Since it didn't require literacy, I gave it a whirl. I now have lift tickets to Sunlight, a ticket to the vapor caves and a ticket to the hot springs. Good karma strikes again. The Sunlight trail map had terrain with the magic black diamonds on it. I'll let you know if they're for real. That reminds me, I also looked at a trail map for Eldora and it looked like half the mountain is really cool glades. I need to check that out this season.

I also got two early season days at Copper, so I guess I'll be back there again before Christmas. And I snagged a stack of the "Open Minds, Open Mountains" stickers from the Burton booth. Let me know if you want one. What I did not get was a bumper sticker saying "Free Ajax". If anyone knows where I can get one, please drop me a line.

News & Real Deals

Friends tell me there's a huge wait in town to get skis edged and waxed. They went to Christy's at Copper instead and got theirs done for $10-15, which included some base repairs. If you go there, asked for Ryan (has dreads) and tell him that the girl with the yellow braids that writes the ski report sent you. He'll probably do you for free then - well, give the poor boy a tip anyway.

Winter Park is opening this Saturday. They got 39 inches of snow last week. Wow.

Loveland is having a world class ski racing event on Saturday and Sunday in Loveland Valley. There'll also be free equipment demos going on then.

Snowmass is opening this weekend and will be FREE. Then they close back up for the week and re-open for the regular season the following weekend.

Cool winter sports movies are out: Warren Miller's new Ride is running in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs: . Also, Teton Gravity Research has a movie out that's playing around Colorado right now: . Both of these movies run for a very limited time, so if you want to see them you should go this weekend.

Next Day Out

We'll be at Breckenridge on Saturday. I think it's going to be cold and snowing. As always, all of you are welcome to join us anytime for fun on the hill. Also, if you would like to stop receiving this email - just drop me a line. If you know anyone else that might want to get this report just send me their email and I'll add them to the list.

...See you on the slopes...

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Ski Areas

Arapahoe Basin
Sat, Dec 2

Aspen Highlands
Sat, Dec 16

Sat, Nov 18

Beaver Creek
Fri, Nov 17


Berthoud Pass

Sat, Dec 16

Copper Mountain (1)

Loveland (1)

Keystone (1)

Sat, Nov 18

Wed, Nov 15

Winter Park/Mary Jane
Sat, Nov 11

Wolf Creek

Colorado Ski & Golf

(303) 337-1734
2680 S Havana Street

(303) 420-0885
6530 Wadsworth Bypass # 130

Gart Sports

(303) 741-9621
9000 E Peakview Avenue
Englewood near Arapahoe Rd & I25

(303) 220-9933
2690 E County Line Road

(303) 692-0121
2496 S Colorado Boulevard

(303) 340-3524
14401 E Exposition Avenue

(303) 341-4305
14200 E Alameda Avenue

(303) 333-4123
3000 E 1st Avenue # 123

(303) 333-1933
233 Milwaukee St

(303) 933-9005
8055 W Bowles Avenue # 4

(303) 972-0350
8501 W Bowles Avenue

(303) 861-1122
1001 Lincoln Street
Denver (Sports Castle)

(303) 922-5549
7200 W Alameda Avenue

(303) 431-8537
7400 W 52nd Avenue # A

(303) 920-2226
251 W 104th Avenue

Christy Sports

(303) 708-8535
9609 E County Line Road # A

(303) 740-7055
5926 S Holly Street

(303) 321-3885
201 University Boulevard

(303) 972-0432
8176 W Bowles Avenue

(303) 237-6321
875 Parfet St

(303) 271-0155
14371 W Colfax Avenue

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