April 7th, 19 inches of new snow in Vail

April 7th, 19 inches of new snow in Vail today.  That makes 32 inches in the last two days.  I don’t know about you but I think I’m going skiing today.  More updates once we get out there.  Chris R.

Picture from April 6th provided by the ski mountain.

April 4th, 2 more inches of new snow in Vail

Oh boy, it looks like April might be our best month for snow in the 2009-2010 ski season.  Vail mountain reported another 2 inches of new snow at 6am.  Light snow all morning so far and more on the way perhaps on Tuesday.  Hope to get you pictures late this afternoon. 

Afternoon update:  it warmed up, so the snow at the bottom was turning to corn.  Most of the powder in the Back Bowls turned to mashed potatoes.  Bumps were soft.  Below are some pictures mostly from the Front Side of Vail Mountain.  Chris R.

Riding Chair 3

Riding Chair 4

Look Ma and South Look Ma bumps

Photo of snowy tree, snow clouds in the distance.  Not bad for April 4th

More snowy trees.  I’ll title this photo “Snow on Trees” and sell it for lots and lots.

Happy, happy, happy

Vail snow report and ski conditions from Antlers at Vail

Here is the Vail snow and ski condition report from the Antlers at Vail condos for March 9th, 2010.  4 inches of new snow.  7 inches in the last 2 days.  Nice cool temps.  Skiing is fantastic.  Good powder in the Back Bowls, yet no one is around.  Very quiet on the hill.  On the back side there is a bit of crust underneath the powder but it is still quite nice.  If you can, try to get over to the north facing Blue Sky Basin.  They’ll have the best snow the next couple of days.

Heading into Game Creek Bowl with Blue skies ahead

Top of Chair 2, empty chairs

9:30 a.m. and hardly any tracks in the Back Bowls

A few powder turns in Sun Down Bowl

Vail grooming, Vail ski conditions March 1, reported by Antlers at Vail hotel

Here are the Vail ski conditions and Vail snow report for March 1st as reported by the Antles at Vail hotel:  Light snow, staying cold, 1-2 inches of new snow.  A few icy patches here and there but the snow is still soft, even in Vail’s Back Bowls.  Sunny skies and warm weather is predicted for this coming Tuesday and Wednesday before we get more snow again.  It is now March so get ready to bust out the sunscreen every other day between the snow.  Picture below is from the top of Chair 2 looking towards Gore Range and Chair #4.  Around 10 Vail groomers came by real quick.  Chris R.

Everyone out of the way !

Vail grooming operations in progress, one expensive cat

How To Not Look Like a Gaper

Gaper [gey-per] noun:
1. A skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless.
2. An acronym meaning Guaranteed Accident Prone on Every Run.
(courtesy urbandictionary.com)

This evening, ladies and gentlemen, I offer a few pointers from a local which should not only make you more fashionable on the slopes, but also improve your overall skiing experience when you stay at The Antlers. Without further ado, Gray’s helpful hints:

Rule #1: No Jeans. Ever. I know Shaun White and the U.S. Snowboarding team just wore denim styled snowboard pants at the Olympics, but the jury is still out on these. If for some reason you must wear your Levi’s on the slope, at the very least, please do not tuck them into your boots.

Rule #2: Use courtesy when putting down the bar on the lifts. We understand that not everyone is comfortable riding without the safety bar down, but it makes for an awkward ride up when you crack the guy sitting next to you on the helmet before the chair has even left the lifthouse. Give everyone a few seconds to settle in and then ask, “Hey, do you mind if we put the bar down?”

Rule #3: When you tuck on a catwalk, be conscious of where poles are. If they’re in your armpits, chances are they’re pointing straight up to the sky and signaling to the entire mountain that you don’t know what you’re doing. This is known as a “texas tuck,” and it is not good form. Instead, cross your hands behind your back and your poles will remain in a neutral, ground-pointing direction. See the second gentleman in this photo for an example:

Rule #4: Mind your “Gaper Gap.” Good: You’re wearing a helmet. Bad: You’re feeling a draft across your forehead. Problem: You’ve got a gaper gap; a significant gap between your helmet (or hat) and goggles. Exposing your forehead to the elements can leave you both chilly and with a ridiculous sunburn. Solution: Wear a headband or hat under your helmet, pull you helmet down or push your goggles up, or bring your helmet when you buy a new pair of goggles to make sure they sync up well and vice-versa.

Classic Gaper Gap (image courtesy backcountry.com)

Rule #5: Surprisingly, one-pieces and neon colors are in. Leave the cowboy hat and Starter jackets at home and break out the green and pink jacket with the purple pants. If anyone questions you tell them you’re being “ironic” and you should be in the clear.

Rule #6: Most importantly, have fun. Break every one of these rules, if you feel like it. If you wanna ski in jeans a cowboy hat, do it. This takes precedence over every other rule. Except rule #2. Please, please, please give me a heads up before you drop the safety bar on my leg.