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  1. The North Face at Crested Butte
  2. Photos of the summit and base areas of Crested Butte:
  3. Headwall at Crested Butte
  4. One of my highlights of last season, climbing to the summit of Crested Butte, CO.
  5. Wow. Any chance of snow in near term forecast? Are there some interesting non-skiing side trips from there? As quiet as it is, I guess you could make this into a second honeymoon:-)
  6. 1. At the Grand Canyon 2. View from Grand Canyon rim trail of Mt Humphries, highest pt in AZ, 12,600'. 3. I hiked a few hundred vertical feet down the canyon on Bright Angel trail.
  7. View out window of our cabin on May 24, 2019.
  8. I was at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for two days in May 2019. Beautiful place. Hadn't been there since I was 10 years old, 1964. I've been driving around the US for several months. My wife and I left Southern California to drive to our home in the Wash DC area on May 22. We drove through Sedona, AZ, then stayed in Flagstaff that night. A few hours into the drive on the 22nd we tried calling the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon for last minute openings. This is one of those popular National Park lodges that people often book a year in advance. But sometimes if you have flexibility you can catch a last minute cancellation and sure enough they had a cabin with partial rim view open for next day, May 23. We left Flagstaff AZ on the morning of May 23 for 90 minute drive to Grand Canyon and experienced 34 deg temps and 3" of snow! They had a sell out that day on Grand Canyon souvenir sweat shirts as many tourists were caught in t-shirts and shorts. Our cabin cost approx. $220 for one night, pricey, but we were literally 40' from the Rim of the Canyon. It was insanely scenic and the 24th was a much nicer day. May 23, 2019, a nordic ski center at approx. elevation 8000' with a few inches of fresh snow, near Arizona Snowbowl Ski area. I doubt they reopened for the day:-)
  9. Snowbird May 9 was a mini powder day. May 11 at Snowbird was a classic sunny spring ski day. Still lots of snow in them thar hills. May 11, 2019 was my last day of skiing this winter. Soon I head to CA then eventually circle back to VA. It was a good winter. I hit 50 days, maybe 51. I lost track at one point during a crazy/snowy March. I feel blessed.
  10. I'm getting close to finishing my ski time in the West. I just spent three days in CO skiing May 4 & 5 at Arapahoe Basin and May 6 at Breckenridge. A-Basin was very lively with near mid-winter type weekend crowds and lots of parties in the Beach parking lot. The ski terrain was entirely open and the weather was mostly sunny and cool like mid to late March, not May! A-Basin: I've been to Breckenridge 3 times for about 8 days total. I've never experienced it this empty. Snow coverage was great and there were people climbing above Imperial and Kensho chairs. Breckenridge:
  11. oops. interesting how cross posting photos from various sites works for some and not for others. what I like about NMS is that if I cross post something from here to elsewhere it shows up there. Tip of the hat to Weatherman. 5/1/19: Pretty special morning at Snowbird, UT. As a lifelong resident of VA, this is the first time in 52 years of skiing that I skied in the month of May. From now on I ski May only6" new everywhere, twice that in many spots. Little Cloud chairlift mineral basin chair pretty ski patroller checking out Great Scott (it was good) lower peruvian gulch
  12. 5/1/19: Pretty special morning at Snowbird, UT. As a lifelong resident of VA, this is the first time in 52 years of skiing that I skied in the month of May. From now on I ski May only6" new everywhere, twice that in many spots. Little Cloud chairlift Mineral Basin chairlift Pretty patroller checking out The Cirque Lower Peruvian Gulch
  13. You are hardcore ST!
  14. Good season for me, have about 40 ski days and hope to get 10-15 more before driving back east in May, but... This might be an opportunity to clear my chest about a few things on the more challenging side of a season spent in the west. I retired in Feb and immediately drove west for a three month stay. Had only 4 ski days back east by President's Day. I was in lousy shape and suffered a lot of aches and pains trying to ski myself into shape in my mid-60s. It's been great and super snowy, but doing much of my skiing on storm days at Snowbird was a harsh training ground. Between the challenging terrain there, frequent low-viz conditions, and aggressive type of skiers on the mtn, I often felt like I should "get out of the way old man." It's mostly me and my inabilities to blame, but also I think I need some new skis. One wimpy 80mm ski and one old 106mm ski isn't cutting it. Now I know why my son and other serious skiers out here have quivers of a half dozen skis or more. Now that spring has finally come the soft snow conditions on the groomers are comforting, but I can't forget how punishing the off-piste storm skiing was on my body last month. I rode a chair yesterday with a Utah veteran and told him some of this. He was encouraging and said it could take a few years to learn the mtn, the snow conditions, and environment so that you ski Snowbird efficiently and know best places to ski on different types of days. This includes knowing where the best snow is, dressing right, picking the best skis for the day, exerting energy when necessary, conserving when not, etc. And of course, building fitness gradually rather than intensely after sitting in an office cubicle the first half of the winter. I'm used to skiing in 50 yrd bursts, out here they ski in 500 yrd bursts. I'm used to lots of quick turns, out here fewer turns and high speeds. I'm used to elevation 2000 to 3000', out here it's 8000 to 12500' 🙂 I'm doing a lot of home improvement projects too so my rest days have not exactly been rest days. It's also been challenging to stay harmonious with my non-skiing wife who is accompanying me. She's the lead on a lot of home improvement stuff and I'm the laborer. We've done some fun non-ski and non-home improvement things together, but not enough. Snowbird on mid-winter snow days is crazy. Big traffic issues getting up the canyon and lots of competition for the goods on the hill. I took an early April trip to Telluride and Crested Butte and one of the things I most enjoyed about both places was the small crowds. Some of my most fun days in Utah have been when I connected and skied with visiting friends. But I don't really have any local friends to hang out with. I expect to spend a lot of time out here next winter too, so maybe that will develop. Even a winter in paradise has its challenges 🙂

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