I have done it a couple of times. The 1st time I went down a low angle slope and it sucked. I realized that I need something steeper so I went to a ski area late in the night. Groomed can be fun and bad. You can only stop by hitting someting like a tree though. Powder is really fun if you are on something step enough to get going fast. The very best time I've had was when I got dragged behind a snow mobile. We built a big kicker over a huge bulder in the back country. The 1st couple of trail runs went bad so we dug a ramp leading up to the lip. After that we were flying in the air with huge air time. The key was letting go of the rope in time. I landed hard a few times because I held on to the rope in the air and got bad wip lash. But I got some of the biggest air I have got in my life. Being in the air for 4, + seconds sounds small but when you just got shot of a kicker going 35 mph it feels like forever. So I guess this is a long answer to your question but if you can find something steep and that has powder go for. Or find someone with a snow mobile that can take you into the back country. Oh yeah, where a helmet you have control to turn but not to stop and trees suck.
You guy must be new to town, you sound like you just showed up from Texas. Snowdown is the huge winter festival every year in January. There are posters and signs all over town and events every night at all the bars and resteruants. If you tune to channel 15 it shows footage of a bunch of the events. I believe the kayak race is on Saturday of the festival week and is held at DMR. So I don't know if you have your head in your ass or you are just freshmen but you should participate in some of the events they are really fun.
I'm outa here, I'm going to paddle that fatty 320 cfs thats pumping through town. See you out there
PS-If you like Snowdown check out a little event we hold called the Animas River Days
1st off, I am from g-wood and take being called a texan as an insult. No need to start anything between natives, if you were even born in colorado. I am a freshmen and so of course have never seen any signs up about it. Good call on not skiing at DMR. How much is a season pass to wolf creek and do they even offer one. I have a season pass to Telluride but would like to ski at WC.
8) I tried this at the Loveland Basin ski area on a full moon night - though the moon was shrouded by the falling powder! There were three of us, two would get dropped off at the guardrail up on hwy 6 while the other would drive back down to pick us up. Dropping in below the road, your only about 500 feet above the top lift tower, but it's steep and deep. This would be considered backcountry conditions I guess, but they also control it really well because it's directly above the area. Above the area, we would really get cruising in the powder and then try to lay big carves which ended up usually with us body planting. I suppose if you did it enough you could have some more control, but we didn't. The night was dark and it was snowing, so horizon lines came up out of nowhere, like the one marking the 20-foot lip that was cut above the lift tower. Not really having a choice, being so out of control, we hit it straight on and fucking launched. Thankfully there was about 5" of fresh on the flats below and the landing was soft and poofy. On the area slopes, my vertigo scraped down to the hardpack and I could only spin, spin, spin, spin until I was dizzy and scared. We did two runs each and had walkie talkies to communicate where the grooming machines were running. We also put glow sticks on our g-loops to help locate our boats in the pow after we bailed. On the way back we got pulled over by a Jeffco cop on I-70, who was deciding what to do about our snow filled kayaks, empty beers and the expired plates/license of the driver. But then he got a call, said have a safe night and sped off with his cherries flashing. Crazy ass night for sure.
No it doesn't snow in crested butte but the terrain is unmatchable and the back country gets as much snow as anywhere. Crested Butte is silverton with trees and the same snow levels. The difference is that it gets skiied so face shots are coveted like diamonds. Their is a reason the U.S. extreme comps. are held here every year. By the way I don't live in denver I live halfway between gunny and CB in the middle of nowhere.
Sorry guys about the Texas reply, maybe I went a little to far. I graduated from Fort Lewis and have had a ton of Purg passes, it is a fun mountian for fooling around on and partying but the skiing sucks. I grew up skiing at Telluride and I've just seen the place go to shit. It gets half the snow of Wolf Creek and has 10X the people and attitude. It is also farther. Resorts like Wolf Creek are few and far between these day, they have lots of local appreciation days(if you are in front of the ticket window you are a local) and college days for $20. Get over there as much as you can and you'll see why.
Seems like you know the area pretty well. Could you show us around the area if you don't mind hang'en with little freshmen guys. I am heading back to Glenwood for the weekend ta see the folks but I'll be around the next couple.
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