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Now the fun starts

I’ve been looking forward to this winter…. since the last one ended!!!

Last winter had a great late season with Little Spoon and lots of snowmobiling, the winter before was the BIG one with 97 days in a row of guests at the Chateau Grindlay and this one is shaping up to be a cracker. My scheduled guests don’t arrive until later in the season and what I thought would be a nice quiet start to the winter has turned into anything BUT quiet.

Things started off on Thanksgiving with Erin and Lynne – this is our turkey impression.  I think we succeeded in looking like a bunch of turkeys (not literally).

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Eric has been up a little bit and he brought a bunch of Aussie lamb……  Bloody good fella that Eric.

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Was great to get some tennis in with Eric!!!

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Megs having another birthday was a good excuse to head over to Beaver Creek.  It was a nasty drive and Black Betty isn’t quite up to scratch…. so much so I nearly took her into the dealer/wrecker after the drive.  We made it and the snow was great, -27C kept the snow in great condition….. fingers were a little sore though.

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Al’s crew were in town for New Years and we snuck in a day during the busy period.  We did get to ride Woodward (the indoor foam pit joint) which turned out much more awesome than any of us could have thought.  I think there are some photos about but I don’t have them yet – will post them when I get them.

sanborns-2After the crazy season settled down I thought I’d throw a spanner into the mix and have a barbie.  I think there were about 18 of us and I had a chance to test out the barbie’s winter performance.

I cooked some “Shrimp on the barbie”. (I’ve never done that in Australia).

Who said there aren’t any girls in Summit County?

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The night after having 7 people crash at the Chateau Grindlay….. my old mate Pottsy from Queenstown arrived with his boy Trent.

We had a couple of days skiing in what were kind of ordinary conditions with anything but ordinary skiers. The first morning we explored Keystone a little to get Pottsy and Trent used to skiing trees and bumps, then we spent that afternoon skiing the Basin before retiring for hottub, steak and cards (500) until 3am.

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Next morning we made it out of bed and headed over to Vail.

First run was a little firm, so we tried a different aspect and the snow was pretty good.  Then we headed out of bounds……

Since we didn’t have any of those degenerate snowboarders with us, the troops followed me on a 20 minute traverse which I’ll admit, I wasn’t too confident about . I think the troops were questioning my judgement (I know Trent was)…..

This pic is taken about half way, I’m saying keeping going, do they look convinced?

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After 20 minutes, to my relief (and surprise), I delivered the goodies, holy cow did I deliver the goodies.

We stood above a run with over a foot of virgin pow!!!!

My best turns of the year thus far.

1stpost-3No trip to Vail is complete without a run down the Mile to end the day.

Ducking a ‘Closed’ sign…..  not the first time, not the last time either.

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Some pics down the Mile – she was in good nick and for the first time EVER, I skied the Mile with a crew and nobody overtook us (we overtook about 8 people).  3.7 mile ski run and I know Pottsy was looking forward to that ltr of Margarita at the bottom.

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That pretty much sums up this post.  Some early season skiing, no real snowmobiling yet but that will come and I can’t wait for some more of the southern hemisphere folks to get here.

This last photo was taken last night down in Denver for a showing of this years Warren Miller flick put on by my neighbour CV.  What I thought was going to be a quiet night turned into a hoot with a bunch of folks.

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